Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Twas The Night Before Christmas

Narrated by Gracie

by Clement Clarke Moore

'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.
l~r: Miss Fitz, Einstein, Sammy P., Dezi, Noelle, Timmy Tom Cat, Ducky & Cooper Murphy

 The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.

l-r: Bunty, Prancie Pie & Teddy

And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap.


When out on the roof 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 shutter, and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the lustre of midday to objects below, when, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny 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, 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 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!


Angel Gracie=^o.o^= said...

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

The Giggleman Gang said...

Ok, we found it. Brilliant editing. Just a true Christmas delight. Thank you for your time and effort that must have gone into this. It will be a Christmas classic. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

Angel Gracie=^o.o^= said...

So glad you liked the story, so happy you came and glad to hear from you. Happy Holidays.

The Florida Furkids said...

Super reading of The Night Before Christmas. Thanks so much Gracie. You did a pawsome job!

The Florida Furkids

Timmy Tomcat said...

Gracie this is a wonderful reading of this timeless classic! We really loved it and the Angels in the pictures is priceless. Thanks so much for allowing us to join in the fun and may you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!
Timmy Tomcat
Miss Fitz
Einstein too

messymimi said...

A blessed and beautiful Merry Christmas to you all!

Colehaus Cats said...

That was a delight! Thank you! From our family to you and all cat families far and wide, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful, healthy and safe new year!

Alastriona, The Cats and Dogs said...

We loved it Gracie, will try to visit more in 2020.

Pam and Teddy said...

What a wonderful reading of a most magical tale of Christmas magic. Thanks for reciting it and including so many Tabby Cat Club faces in the story. We hope EVERYONE has a wonderful Christmas and here's to a HAPPY NEW YEAR for the TCC!

Love, Teddy (and Mom)

The Adventures of The Bell Fur Zoo said...

OMC wuv dis and all da pictures!! We hope you had a fangtastic Christmas furiends :)

Matilda & Matt

pilch92 said...

Awww..tht was a wonderful retelling of a classic. XO

Angel Gracie=^o.o^= said...

So happy you enjoyed our Night Before Christmas story. We will make this a tradition and again next hear have another reading. Wishing you all much happiness and joy.