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'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 my 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 a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he 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, Donder and Blixen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop 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 pedler 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 on 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 bowl full 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!"
By Clement Clarke Moore
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| December Minutes: 90
"You are capable and worthy of being and doing anything.
You just need the discipline and determination to see it through.
It won't come instantly, and you may backslide from time to time, but don't let that deter you.
Never give up. Life is an ever-changing process, and nothing is final.
Therefore, each moment and every new day is a chance to begin anew."
7 days ago
Let's put the UMPH in triumph to meet our weekly goals! Put the UMPH in triumph by bringing fun and enjoyment into our journey! Put the UMPH in triumph to go out and live our lives as we have imagined it! With enough UMPH, we CAN and WILL have a WOOHOO week!
"The difference between try and triumph is just a little UMPH." ~ Marvin Phillips
U = U are Worthy! ~ U Can Do It! ~ U are a Winner! ~ U Deserve It!
M = Maintain Focus on the Goal ~ Daily Commitment & Follow-Through!
P = Practice Choices ~ Belief in Self ~ Inspire Yourself and Others!
H = Healthy Nutrition ~ Varied Fitness Activity ~ Inner Well-Being!
*an oldie from CORKYTHEMOM
18 days ago
I hope you have a great week and reach all your goals. And you may as well have a little inspiration for the start of your week....have a wonderful week and a Sparktacular Sunday!!
S -- Say something nice to someone!
U -- Undo a wrong you might have done to someone!
N -- Notice and give thanks for all the things in life we take for granted everyday!
D -- Don't give up when things go badly!
A -- Ask others for help if you need it!
Y -- You can accomplish anything!!!!
(And Special thanks to BARBIEE52 for the basis of this lovely comment today!! She's my comment mentor and I appreciate all her help and being able to steal her great ideas and craft them into my own!)
And FERRETLOVER1 posted the cutest meme on her page today. It read "Money can't buy happiness but it can buy cows and cows make milk and milk makes ice cream and ice cream makes you happy." So that just seemed to fit right in with this.
P.S. I don't like ice cream, never have, never will???
25 days ago
N o excuses
O nly successes
V ery positive
E veryone can be
M ake this the month we
B elieve in ourselves
E ven when we are on the edge
R emember that we stand beside each other.
You are not alone on this journey. We do not stand in front or behind but beside each other. You can do this. Don't get down if you make a mistake but get back up and do it again and again until you get it right. It will happen. Maybe not today or even tomorrow but you will do it if you believe in yourself. Find that strength deep inside and bring it out. Don't jump into a decision to quit and then regret it. Even a small victory is a step ahead. I believe in you and now it is time for all of us to believe in ourselves. Let's make this "the Believe in Ourselves" month.
**Beautiful autumn page, Letha! Is this some more of your own art?
31 days ago
Since this is the time for goblins and bats,
Halloween spirits, ghosts and cats,
Weird-happenings and witches brew,
These are the things I wish for you.
May the only spirit you chance to meet,
Be the spirit of love and warm friends sweet.
May the tricks that you are asked to do,
Be a trick to help you gain a friend or two.
So, by tomorrow, pick three friends sweet,
And give them all a Halloween treat.
You only have one day, so hurry!
Leave a treat on the doorstep, then flee in a hurry!
33 days ago