‘Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving
‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving, when all through the town, Not a creature was stirring, not even a clown. The turkey was brining, the pie crusts were rolled, In hopes that a feast soon would unfold.
The craft beers were nestled in the fridge with care, In hopes that the guests soon would be there. Friends with growlers and pints in their cap, Had just settled down for a pre-feast nightcap.
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 stumbled with cheer, Tore open the blinds, it was my friends drawing near.
The moon on the breast of the newly-paved street, Gave a lustre of midday to the friends’ eager feet. When what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature keg, pulled by eight tiny rein-beers.
With a bearded old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment, it must be Saint Nick. More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came, And he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
“Now, Cascade! Now, Simcoe! Now, Citra and Mosaic! On, Centennial! On, Amarillo! On, Saaz and Chinook! 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 housetop, the coursers they flew, With a sleigh full of beers, and Saint 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 flannel, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of craft beers he had flung on his back, And he looked like a brewer 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 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 round little 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.
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 keg, 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 Thanksgiving to all, and to all a good night!”
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Please have a very safe and happy and grateful Thanksgiving. Think of those who do not have anything, and think of those who are unable to be home for Thanksgiving due to jobs, or in the service, or due to other obligations or reasons.
Lets take this opportunity to think of others, and be to grateful for what we have, and to enjoy the company of friends and family.
I hope all of you a wonderful day tomorrow, and hope you find yourself at a table, with friends and family, with lots of wonderful food, fantastic craft beers, and great conversation.
Eat. Drink. Be Merry.
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