Here is my Christmas offering for this year:
T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a computer mouse.
in New Zealand, already at play,
For where he is, it's already Christmas Day!
James and I were nestled all snug in our bed,
While visions of cruising danced in our heads.
in his antlers and Trip
in her shoes,
Were lighting Hannukah candles and eating potato latkes too.
When out on the lawn, there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tripping over the dog and upsetting the cat!
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature cruise ship, filled with CruiseMates
With a little old captain, so tanned and so proper,
I knew in a moment, it must be Paul Motter
I stood at the window, and James did the same,
I whistled and shouted, and called them by name:
Hello Mary Lou
, beenie weenie
and Funship Freddie
Hi James RT
, and Hi Tweety
, and Michelle
To Cruise Cynic
, to Doug R
., to Floridanamaw
I said Hi!
When the ship lifted off and rose in the sky!
So up to the housetop, the CruiseMates
With a ship full of revellers, and Mehawk
And then in a twinkle, I heard up the street,
The trudging in snow, of dozens of feet.
I turned my head, and there up the drive,
Another group of travel-weary CruiseMates
They were dressed all in fur from their heads to their feet,
And all of them looking for something to eat.
"Where's the buffet?" they hollered, and I hollered back,
"Get in line all of you, right behind msblackjack"
There was Judy & Keith
, and Lisa
, Sailing gal
, Larry, Sharon
There was Brenda from Canada
and Angela Z,
Lynne & Trevor
, Harry & Art,
and Helen and Ray B
And let's not forget April, CruzNut2
, Mike M
. and the Rev.22:17
, Cindy, Chuck P
. and Mean Dean
There was SkyMaster
and Magnolia Blossom
, and so many more,
I lost count of them all as they came through my door!
The Mates on the roof were so cold they were freezing, So down the chimney they came, every one of them sneezing.
I gave them hot chocolate, and 5 minute fudge,
But when it was time to leave, they wouldn't budge.
"We've come all this way, this cold weather we've faced,
And we're in no hurry to get out of this place!"
So out came the rum punch, the Margaritas were blue,
And the CruiseMates
they stayed, and partied till 2!
So laying a finger aside of my nose,
were silent, awaiting my prose.
I sprang on the couch, and gave a loud whistle,
The dog and the cat, ran away like the down of a thistle.
Then the Mates heard me exclaim, with my head full of booze,
Happy Christmas to all
, and to all a GOOD CRUISE!
donna (who wishes all my CruiseMates friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!)