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Old December 24th, 2006, 01:03 PM
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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.
Except Liam 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.
And Kuki 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 so dear.

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, Donna, Luanne, susancruzs and FastEddie!
Hello BW, beenie weenie, VTJen and Funship Freddie!
Hi James RT, Fern, TravelNut, and Hi Tweety,
Hi Phyllbo, BigJohn, CruiseAholic, and Michelle so pretty!

To Cruise Cynic, to Doug R., to Floridanamaw and Sue I said Hi!
When the ship lifted off and rose in the sky!
So up to the housetop, the CruiseMates they flew
With a ship full of revellers, and Mehawk too!

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 had arrived.

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, DesertCruzer, and Lisa (times 2)
And Theta, Sailing gal, Larry, Sharon and AR too.
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
Readytogonow, SeaTrekker, 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,
The CruiseMates 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!)
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Old December 24th, 2006, 01:09 PM
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[INSERT APPLAUSE OF THE CRUISEMATES CROWD HERE]

Well done!!!! Most enjoyable
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Donna, You are amazing. thank you for writing that..

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Old December 24th, 2006, 01:58 PM
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This is great Donna, thanks
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That was fun!!! Thanks Donna! Looking forward to meeting you soon!
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That was great!!!! Thanks,
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Very nice Donna.

Happy Holiday to all!!!
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Old December 24th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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Nice Job RD!
Very cute, I loved it.
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Old December 24th, 2006, 03:38 PM
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OMG! How could I forget the "other" Donna! Sorry Donna, I've edited to add your name! My apologies to anyone else I may have missed!

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Donna, that was great! It sounds like a plan, to me! What time are we having the rum punch and margaritas, again? Merry Christmas!
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Hey RollerD:

You did it again in great style. Super job.

I'll toast to you & yours as well as to all CruiseMates' good health tonite at our Reveillon.

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RollerDonna,

That was wonderful -- very imaginative!

I wish you and yours the best of Christmas!

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Once again, you have written a masterpiece! I know there is a Pulitzer in your future! What fun it is to see all our names used with such flair! If you were close by, I would hug ya!! xoxoxoxoxoxooxox
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Great!! I would like one or two of those margarita's about now. Merry Christmas to all.
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Fantastic job RD,,,Loved it,,,,will tip the Margaritas with you next week. <bg>
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Great work
Thank You.
Merry Christmas and have a Great Cruise!
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Nice job Donna.

Merry Christmas
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Old December 25th, 2006, 01:17 PM
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Donna, you outdid yourself! Just fantastic! Merry Christmas to you and James.

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Nicely done! That was fun to read. I hope everyone had a Happy Holiday.
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Old December 26th, 2006, 10:45 AM
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RD

Outstanding, I loved it. Merry Christmas from Dixie and to all a goodnight

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That was great R.D. You really have a great gift, and you have blessed our socks off. Which were hung by the chimney with care of course!

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