Sunday, December 23, 2012

The World According to Bella

I had a hard time staying awake for one of my favorite poems: Twas the Night before Christmas. It is a bit long and I crashed before Mrs. S even finished reading. I went twice to the dog park today.
But I do like the part... the stockings were hung by the chimney with care. 
My stocking has been up for a few weeks. I've been doing good lately and think I am back on Santa's list. I haven't eaten any Christmas stuff, Mr.C says I play real nice at the park with the other dogs, I haven't woken up Mr. C and Mrs. S lately in the middle of the night for a wildlife check out back and I have been giving Mrs.S lots of tail wags to get on her good side.  
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.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny 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, 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 of 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 bowlful 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!"
It was on this day in 1823 that the holiday poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" was published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel in New York. According to tradition, it was written by the poet and professor Clement Clarke Moore. But I did hear Mrs. S say she read something about a debate who wrote it but I say who cares. It's a nice poem and makes me feel real good every time Mrs. S reads it. 
Christmas Salad  
Cook's notes:Sometimes the tried and true recipes we have had many times over are the best crowd pleasers. This is one of those recipes that guests always like and looks festive on the table. 
  • 1 bag (6oz. ) spinach & arugula or romaine
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 apple coarsely chopped  
  • 1 pear coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • prepared Vidalia Onion Poppy Seed Dressing or use dressing below
Combine all ingredients in a bowl
Salad Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 TB. red onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 2 TB. poppy seed
  • Combine all ingredients in blender except oil
  • While blender is running add oil in a steady stream until thick and smooth 

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