Twas The Night Before Christmas Cookies

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Of course, the last-minute panic, the rush to buy that grocery you forgot, and then the panic that you can't find that perfect gift for someone added to the guest list.

Then you think you didn't cook enough. But in the end, what matters is togetherness. Families uniting, putting everything aside to be with one another.

Not the presents or even the food, the laughter, fun, and love that is especially shared this special day. With all the preparation it's gone before you know it.

Making more wonderful memories year after year.

There is one important thing left to do, leave the cookies and milk for Santa. Then read the story of below "The night before Christmas". Merry all.


by Clement Clarke Moore
or Henry Livingston

'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 down 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 luster of mid-day to objects below,

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny 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, Donder 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 abound.

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."


  1. When all else fails... chocolate chip cookies are definitely the go to cookie. :) Have a great Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas and an Extraordinary New Year 2010 for You!!



  3. absolutely true...togetherness is what matters...although the last minute rush quite adds to the thrill :) :)

    merry christmas

  4. Have a wonderful time eating all those cookies and goodies! Your Christmas table must be the most delicious place to be!

  5. Merry Christmas to you and your family - go ahead, make yourself a have my blessing...

  6. Or - you have a snowstorm and you are done shopping until the plows come. Nothing left in the grocers anyway with the coming snow. There was a rush! And does it matter? Christmas comes! Hope you and yours have a joyful Christmas!

  7. merry christmas,claudia!a gorgeous post!thank you!

  8. @daydreamerdesserts
    Thanks and Merry Christmas to all my special foodie friends!!!!

  9. That's a beautiful sharing. Love all the cookies. Yes, Christmas is about being together, especially with loved ones. Claudia, Merry Christmas!

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Wish you a wonderful year.

  11. I hope Santa enjoyed his cookies, and I hope that you and your family had a wonderful holiday.

  12. Oh wow, your X'mas decorations look awesome!I love your collections as well. What a perfect X'mas joy! Thank you so much for sharing. Cheers!


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