Posted Saturday night, December 24, 2016.
Our Advent Calendar this year…
Each window opens on a scene and a couplet from “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Ken and Oliver have been impressed---mildly impressed---well, sort of amused---by my having the poem memorized. They just needed to tell me what the picture showed and I was able to recite the lines that went with it. I told them I’d learned it by heart when I was a kid because Pop Mannion used to read it to my brothers and sisters and me many times every year. Often we made him read it several times in one sitting. He had fun with it and liked to include commentary and sound effects. My favorite part was when he’d read “He filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk…” he’d follow up as if talking back to himself with an indignant “Who’s a jerk?”
Still cracks me up to think of it.
By the way, I didn’t remind the guys that my memory was refreshed every year when they were kids and I read it---recited it---to them several times every Christmas season.
I could type it out for you here to prove I have it down cold, but it’s late, I’m tired, and Saint Nick won’t come until we’re all in bed, so here’s a link. Enjoy! And Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!