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Continuing with posting a few of Shelby’s most popular “Twas” posts from her time in the blogosphere, today I’m reposting her 2009 poem.  A little background from this year – the house sold!  Yay!  And we were in the new house (current house) and Shelby and Murphy were really enjoying the backyard.  :-) So, here’s a little peek into the Puppy Christmas time capsule from 2009….

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The garland was hung on the stairway with care,
And the trees on the seasonal ledge sparkled with flair.

Murph and I were nestled, all snug in the rent’s bed,
While visions of chew sticks danced in our heads.
Mom in her house pants and Dad in his shorts
Were chatting and dreaming of warm beach resorts.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
We sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window we flew like a flash,
Down the stairs we tumbled and stopped with a crash.

The moon outside on the dew-covered grass
Gave the light of mid-day and a little bit of class.
When what to my big brown eyes did appear
but a huge red sleigh (minus the reindeer)!

With a little ole driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a minute it must be St. Nick.
“Hey Santa! Word up!” I barked out with glee
And he whistled, and shouted and called back to me!

“Now Shelby, now, Murphy, you shouldn’t be here!
You’ll ruin the surprise, you’ve waited all year!
Head back inside and wait in the hall,
Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!”

“But Santa you crashed, we just came to help.
Your reindeer aren’t here, and you have no elves!
Christmas will be ruined if you stay on the ground.
We’ll help you find them, they must be around!”

And then in a twinkling, I heard in the woods,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas went with a bound.

“Murphy, let’s go!” I barked as we ran
“We’ve got to get the reindeer as fast as we can!
Santa’s preoccupied with gifts and the rents
He’ll never know we helped, there will be no suspense!”

Mom was started when Santa appeared,
“The pups were just barking, I thought that was weird!
But now I understand, they must’ve heard you!
Santa, you’re here a week early and it’s a quarter ’til 2??”

His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His cute little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow!

He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
“Ho, ho ho – Does anybody here sleep?
The pups are outside, so I snuck in to peep.”

“You guys have a new house, not on my GPS this year,
I needed to check in early, last year you were a little drear.”
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 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!

“Thanks Santa!” I heard Mom yell from inside.
“We love the new house, it’s been such a joyride!”
“You’re welcome Bolings! Glad I could help!
2010 will be great for you, I can just tell!”

Rounding up reindeer is harder than it sounds
Especially the kind that won’t stay on the ground!
But just as we finished, Santa appeared on the roof
And patted our heads – he was completely aloof.

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, when he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Of course, portions of this epic poem were copied from the original by Clement Clarke Moore, but Shelby’s additions are 100% her own and were originally published on December 14, 2009.  And here’s our Christmas card from 2009 (photos taken by the fabulous Dana Mackay)!  Merry Christmas everyone!

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When Shelby was younger and enjoyed computer time she used to have a blog.  It was a big hit and frequently got more traffic than my own which was just exactly the level of success she was hoping to achieve.;-) I though it’d be fun to repost a few of her “‘Twas the Week Before Christmas” entries this week, kind of like a little look back into a puppy time capsule.

We’ll start with ‘Twas the Week Before Christmas 2008!  Just a quick back story – we listed our home for sale in January 2008 and it sold 18 months later. Ugh.  So, at Christmas time we were a bit frustrated, angry, bitter, and all around not in the holiday spirit.  Here’s Shelby’s take on the situation…..

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house
All creatures were stirring, but there wasn’t a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the fireplace with care,
in hopes that treats soon would be there.

The parents were pacing all worried and stressed,
While visions of rawhides danced in our heads.
Mom in her house pants and Dad in his cap,
had just decked out the house with trees, wreaths and other Christmas scrap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
With Murph at my side, ready to dash.

The moon on the leaves of the newly planted trees
Gave a lustre of greenery and a slight breeze.
My fur ruffled slightly, my snout gave a sniff,
But I couldn’t figure it out, what was the diff?

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer!
“Santa you’re early!” I barked out with glee!
He smiled and laughed, I knew he agreed!

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name!
“Now Nathan, now Jerry, now Michael and Scott!
On Johnny, on Maury, on Danny and Watt!”

“To the top of the house, to the top of the street,
Now dash away, dash away, let’s scram and go eat!”
“Santa Wait!” I barked at his sleigh,
“We need to chat, I’ve got something to say!”

“You’re here a week early, and you’ve got the wrong crew,
But we really need you so this will have to do!”
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. Nicolas came with a bound.
“Santa thanks for stopping by, we’re in a real pickle.
Mom and Dad are stressed out, this Christmas is not blissful.”

“Murph and I are stumped, we know know not what to do.
Please stay and help, we really need you!”
His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like my red bone, his nose like a cherry.

His cute little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.
He sat down and smiled, “Happy to help!”
I relaxed and started talking, Murph let out a little yelp.

“Santa the house just won’t sell. The rents have tried everything.
Mom’s a ball of nerves and Dad has stopped grinning.
We’re building a new joint, the second this year!
If it doesn’t sell soon, Mom’s sure to shed tears!”

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.
“Shelby this is a tough one, I’m not going to lie.
Selling a house in this market, well, lots can go awry.”

“But I’ll do my best, we’ll see what we can do.
You pups be extra good this week, your rents really need you!”
“We will Santa, we promise! Anything you say!
We’ll snuggle and cuddle and cut out the horseplay!”

And laying his finger aside of his nose,
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 –
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Of course, portions of this epic poem were copied from the original by Clement Clarke Moore, but Shelby’s additions are 100% her own and were originally published on December 19, 2008.  And speaking of Shelby – here’s her Christmas card photo from 2005 to add to your viewing pleasure.  Merry Christmas everyone!

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We’ve had a great time trying out some new holiday activities this year and revisiting our favorites so I thought it’d be fun to dedicate this month’s top 10 post to a few of the things we like to do at Christmas.  If you’ve got any great ideas on Christmas activities please share!  I love a good suggestion!

10. Speedway Christmas lights – This was going to be our first year going to see the 3 million lights at the Speedway, drink hot cocoa and watch The Polar Express on the big screen.  Alas, we decided to total 2 vehicles instead.  Oops.  But I hear that it’s an awesome time.  Maybe next year!

9. Ice Skating – There’s a great ice rink uptown, but this year I think we’re going to visit the Rock Hill version.  Less traffic, smaller crowds (hopefully).

8. Watching the Rockefeller Tree Lighting – We missed the tree lighting this year because I was shooting a tree lighting in Charlotte, but this is usually a tradition for us.  We LOVE NYC, and we literally sit and grin from ear to ear during this entire broadcast.  I just can’t get enough of NYC at Christmas.

7. Christmas at the Library – Live singing, live nativity display, horse and buggy rides and hot cocoa.  Yeah, it’s just about perfect.  If you’ve never been it’s worth a visit, but I recommend going on a weekday because the weekends can get pretty crazy with wait times for the horse carriage rides.

6. Packing Boxes at Operation Christmas Child – This was our first year helping out at OCC and it was lots of fun!  Seeing what folks put in their boxes and hearing about the joy it brings to children all over the world is so inspiring!

5. McAdenville Christmas Lights – What Christmas is complete without a trip to Christmasville USA?  I like to pack some hot cocoa for this trip because the lines are LONG!

4. The light show at 408 Basingdon Court in Waxhaw – We saw this show for the 2nd year in a row and it’s official – it’s a new tradition.  You won’t be disappointed, I promise.  Go.  And take hot cocoa.;-)

3. Christmas Eve service at our church – Our church holds several Christmas Eve services under the water tower in Waxhaw.  It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the meaning for the season and we might be a bit biased, but we think it’s the best Christmas Eve service in town.  To reserve your tickets go here.

2. A Christmas Carol at Theatre Charlotte – This is a Charlotte tradition that we’re trying this year for the first time.  We love Theatre Charlotte so I’m sure it’ll be just as awesome as we expect.

1. Charlotte Symphony Christmas Concert – This was our third year in a row going to the Charlotte Symphony Magic of Christmas show.  I don’t know how they do it, but it gets better every year!  This year Melinda Doolittle was the guest singer and she knocked it out of the park.  I’d listen to her sing Mary did you Know everyday of the week!  This concert is always early in the season and it’s a great way to kick off things and get in the Christmas spirit.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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