December 25, 2018: Wishing you a Merry Christmas

"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. . .

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

––Clement Clarke Moore: A Visit From St. Nicholas

 © Philip Knight 2018