Saturday, December 24, 2011

Virtual Advent 2011

Twas the Night Before Christmas
by Clement Clarke Moore
Photo Credit
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
Photo Credit
For our post this year Carl suggested we explore this famous poem through pictures. I am looking forward to seeing in what direction Carl takes his post.  You can see it yourself by clicking here. I think, though, the best way to explore this poem is through this Christmas special based on the famous play:

I have been thinking a lot lately about traditions. One of them is easily the Virtual Advent Blog Tour. It is hard to believe this is our 6th year hosting it! Thanks to Marg for another wonderful year! I look forward to next year! Another tradition has become Carl and I posting together.

I might not have anything specific story-wise, but for me Christmas has always been about movies and music.

This is one of my favourite songs from one of my favourite Christmas movies. With the snow falling like crazy outside I can definitely feel Christmas in the air. I know that you don't need snow for the holiday, but it always makes it feel more Christmasy. I am hoping it will stick around for the actual day. We have had a few green Christmases in the row.

Some years I watch more holiday movies than others. This year it was mostly revisiting some that I hadn't seen in years.

I will end this post by wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to those don't celebrate.


  1. Loved seeing the famous poem with those beautiful pictures. Awesome idea!

  2. Merry Christmas, Kelly! I love what you did with the pictures.

  3. I can't even think of this poem without hearing the Death and Baby Death version from a few years ago. :D

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Lovely, Kailana! I enjoyed all the photos.
    thanks again for hosting the Virtual Advent Tour - it really is a Christmas tradition.
    Merry Christmas!

  5. A great idea, Kelly! And I agree: this season wouldn't be complete without music (and Muppets). Have a very merry Christmas.

  6. Anonymous12:34 PM

    We just rocked out to the Muppets. Thanks for the smiles and have a wonderful Christmas!

  7. Wonderful! I finally got mine up. Late to the party, as usual.

    I'm with you on the movies and music. I haven't gotten near as many movies in as I would like this year, but have enjoyed what I've watched (Muppet Christmas Carol, for one) and we've had the music playing every opportunity we get. It is those sights and sounds that really embody Christmas for me too.

    I wish you all the very best this holiday season. So sorry about the sadness that is accompanying your season. I do hope that today and tomorrow (with the snow...I'm so jealous) will bring moments of joy to you and to your family.

    Love and hugs to you this Christmas weekend.

  8. Anonymous4:38 PM


    Merry Christmas!!


  9. Anonymous4:55 PM

    I love the coordinated pictures--the snow ones are just lovely. I only wish we had some on the ground this year. The only Christmas movie I've managed to watch this year (so far) is The Muppet Christmas Carol which is definitely a favorite.

    Merry Christmas!

  10. Lovely photos! They almost make me wish it had snowed here (almost I say!). It's sunny and mild out...very strange but fine with me. Have a wonderful holiday!

  11. Great post! I just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!

  12. Merry Christmas, Kelly!! What a fun post!

  13. **Suey: Thanks, Suey!

    **Ana: Thanks!

    **Amanda: haha, yes, that was a fun video! I did TRY and get them to come back for this year. :)

    **raidergirl3: I am glad you enjoyed it!

    **Melissa: I am glad I am not the only person that loves music and the Muppets. :)

    **softdrink: I am glad you enjoyed the Muppets!

  14. **Carl: I am glad you got your post up!

    I really enjoyed writing this post up this year. I look forward to next. :)

    **L: Thanks!

    **simplerpastimes: I was in a snowy mood! I had hoped to watch more Christmas movies this year but time didn't allow for it.

    **Danielle: I enjoyed the snow. :)

    **Darlene: Thanks!

    **Staci: Thanks!

  15. This was a perfect post for Christmas Eve. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Great photos and fun music choices. I'm also a big fan of the mouse cartoon version of Twas the Night before Christmas. I hope your Christmas was a merry one!

  17. **Carol: Glad you enjoyed!

    **Sprite: I am glad I am not the only one that thinks it is cute. :)


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