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!