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The Night Before Christmas in Custer

Carrie Moore
Published: Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

‘Twas the night before Christmas for the Chronicle staff.
The paper was not done — not even by half.
The deadlines were looming without a single care,
In hopes that the subscribers would surely be fair.
The staff was all huddled over their desks,
Wanting to relieve themselves from this mess.
With Charley and Norma in their matching Husker hats,
Had just settled their minds to read the copy — real fast!
When out front of the building arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
And peered outside to witness a crash.
When what to my curious eyes did appear,
But a humongous sleigh and eight ticked-off looking reindeer.
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
I watched as Sheriff Wheeler came driving through,
No doubt checking out who did what to who.
He said, “I’ll give you a warning; it’s just a scratch or two,
I know you still have a mighty big job to do.”
I watched Santa give a wave from the sleigh,
And then he whistled, and shouted and called his team by name:
“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!”

‘Twas the night before Christmas for the Chronicle staff.

The paper was not done — not even by half.

The deadlines were looming without a single care,

In hopes that the subscribers would surely be fair.

The staff was all huddled over their desks,

Wanting to relieve themselves from this mess.

With Charley and Norma in their matching Husker hats,

Had just settled their minds to read the copy — real fast!

When out front of the building arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

And peered outside to witness a crash.

When what to my curious eyes did appear,

But a humongous sleigh and eight ticked-off looking reindeer.

With a little old driver so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

I watched as Sheriff Wheeler came driving through,

No doubt checking out who did what to who.

He said, “I’ll give you a warning; it’s just a scratch or two,

I know you still have a mighty big job to do.”

I watched Santa give a wave from the sleigh,

And then he whistled, and shouted and called his team by name:

“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!”

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