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'Twas Two Nights Before
'Twas 2 nights before Christmas and all through the garden
The chatters were chompin' at the bit to be startin'.
The chatters were nuzzled all snug in their beds
While visions of topics danced in their heads.
And Pame in her kerchief, Alphabuck in his cap
Had just settled down for a long Garden nap,
When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprung from my bed only to find a drunk chatter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters while C7 smoked hash,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be a trick.
Now Alpha, Now alllie, now Patti and Dixie
On Cable and SharpEye on Muddy and riprap,
To the top of the scroll, to the top of the room,
Now dash away! Dash away all of the gloom.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little goof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney StNickRat came with a bound.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
It sure beats the kicks and the server attacks.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! His dimples how merry...
He promised to keep all the bans in him buried.
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his face was PC, dontcha know.
He had a broad face, and a round little belly,
That spun all the posts like a airplane propelly.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
Kicking the chatters, he's such a big jerk
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
Flipped the channel the bird, and up the chimney he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like a long range scud missile.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight....
"Christmas is over now, get on with your fights!"
TaoUrso recalls his best
Xmas day1987 I married Karen
1. we were both Pastors of our Temple...
2. We were also licensed to perform marriages
3. But, couldn't marry each other
4. Had to personally escort one of our members (Dora)to see:
Ms. Judge at the NYC Marriage Bureau and register her as a
cleric so Dora married us
5. We were married in our sanctuary with two other members
6. Fifteen years later (well, almost) we are still together
and going strong
recalled her earliest Christmas Memory:
This is cool. Let's see...I was about
2 yrs old. My mom and her parents took my sisters and I
to Texas to visit their relatives. From what I was told,
we went thru the Mojave desert and the Grand Canyon. I guess
that trip was memorable because we didn't travel much. It
was nighttime and I woke up with my grandpa watching my
baby sis and I started crying because they told me earlier
we would see Santa , but I fell asleep. I cried....... and
my Grandpa tried to appease me with sugar donuts. How's
that for remembering at two years old? I don't remember
the presents that year.....just missing out on Santa and
Grandpa giving me sugar donuts...you see, we weren't allowed
Thank God for Grandparents. You heard why God made them,
didn't you? Cause Santa couldn't be everyplace at once!
told us about Christmas in Germany...
We have three Christmas holidays
First, Santa Claus comes to Germany the 6th of December.
That is the catholic patron's day of Santa Claus, St. Nick.
He only brings nuts and chocolate. Kids put their boots
at the windows or doors and next morning they find sweets.
He carries a big sack full of nuts and pretzels :) In Bavaria
they hang pretzels and nuts on the tree as decorations.
Then the second is holy night, December 24. Then
the presents come.
Then the third, Christmas Day, again church and big
Here [in Germany] the kids think
the Christmas child [Christkind] brings the gifts. It's
dressed like an angel and probably a parallel to the Jesus
baby. It was totally forbidden to observe it during its
work because the gifts would vanish then. I did though and
looked through the keyhole. What I saw - some decoration,
but very golden. I thought "It's the Christmas child
itself" and feared all gifts would be gone. They weren't
- was a great Christmas.
Firecreek tried to keep her children
believing as long as possible. My son almost 5 years younger
than daughter, believed as long as her but I made her believe
almost 10 years. I was good in finding proof. Yes, I am
a philosopher, LOL and had many good reasons. The last reason
was: who does not believe won't get any gifts. That still
kitteone, didn't believe
so long because, as she told us,
"I had older siblings so my
innocence about that [Santa] died young, but it never effected
my absolute love of Christmas though. There were seven kids
in my family and we were so bad about getting at the presents
that my parents locked alot of them in the trunks of their
cars, then we'd get the keys, then the presents all went
to stay at my grandparents till Xmas. One year at 4 AM I
completely unwrapped and rewrapped a present before everyone
got up and I was in about 4th or 5th grade and the Beatles
were just starting, it was a small record player, just for
me. I had to see it, couldn't wait. I wasn't even the worst
one. My younger sister Molly was worse. She opened some
bubble bath, used a little, and rewrapped it and put it
back in the attic. That's why they couldn't keep them in
the house. After all that the presents went to stay at grandparents
house till Christmas, with seven kids our parents were badly
Despite how bad we were, we were never allowed to just tear
into the presents my orderly engineer Dad had to hand out
one present at a time and we'd have to watch the person
open it. In the meantime we would be eating the oranges
and candy and nuts from our stockings, the same kind of
stocking our parents had as kids.
We had very tall ceilings and a bay window and every year
our Dad made us lie to my mom about how much the tree costs,
and she believed us.
My early childhood was lots of fun, my parents really loved
Christmas, my Mom had these really old elves she'd perch
all over the house in places you couldn't see unless you
looked hard. In my grade school on the feast day of St.
Nicholas the priest would dress up in the medieval garb
and visit every class room and hand out candy. He was of
German heritage I think he got a kick out of it.
Well here is this history, St. Nicholas the 4th Century
Syrian Greek, in his town their was a butcher whose appetites
for young boys included chopping them up and preserving
them in brine, Nicholas miraculously reassembled them, thus
making him the patron saint of children, his remains and
church are in Bari Italy.
Alphabuck is also a fan
of St. Nick (as opposed to Santa Claus) and told us:
When I lived in Milwaukee EVERYBODY
did St. Nick. Up here[where alpabuck lives now] there're
adults who've never heard of it. Milwaukee was founded by
Germans. That may explain it [It's popularity] On the night
of December 5th you leave out your stockings and get candy
and gifts the morning of the 6th. My kid gets a double load
because his birthday is the 6th. Usually for St Nick you
give a kid a stocking full of assorted candy and then one
or 2 small gifts. I always did St Nick not really knowing
what it was all about. As a kid I liked the free stuff and
as an adult I like to surprise the kid. Any reasons as good
as the next. The St. Nick I know looks just like Santa.
As a kid I thought he was Santa's brother. I like when they
track him on radar on Xmas eve, they show these little reindeer
on the radar scope.
safyst told us:
I stayed awake one night and caught
my mom putting the gifts under the tree, that's when I said
to myself there really isn't a Santa Claus. Guess I was
old enough to hear rumors that there wasn't really a Santa.
I agree things seem a little nicer during Christmas, people
seem to be a little more cheerful, for the most part.
Talking about Christmas dinner, JediBabe
told us that she doesn't like Crimble [Christmas]
pudding or cake but most people do. Instead her mum makes
a lovely strawberry pudding that she normally has. Telling
her about good fruit cake, and how it is weeks old and has
lots of brandy in it, Jedibabe told me "that's
what Christmas pudding is like......months old!!!!!!!! You
then pour brandy over it when you are serving it and set it
alight!!!!!!!! That the best bit :) We used to put coins in
the Christmas pudding as well." Now we know what's
wrong with America fruit cake. We need to set it on FIRE!!!
Patti's Dog Baxter!!What a difference a year makes!
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Thanks to everyone for sharing their Christmas Memories,
Merry Christmas from alllie
Until next time...
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