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Page B-4 December 25, 2014 i!!~i~!!!!!!i!!ii! i?: *!!!!!:* =~!!::~i~i!~! ~i!!iiiiiiil iiiiiiiiiiil ......... iiiiiii~iiiii!i ;iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ~i~iiiiiiii !iiiiil Valley News & Views I saw a truck of Christmas trees And each one had a tale, The driver stood them in a row And put them up for sale. He strung some twinkly lights And hung a sign up with a nail; "FRESH CHRISTMAS TREES" It said in red FRESH CHRISTMAS TREES SALE." He poured himself hot cocoa In a steaming thermos cup, And snowflakes started falling As a family car pulled up. FOR A mom, a dad, and one small boy Who looked no more than three Jumped out and started se irching For the perfect Christmas tree. The boy marched up and down the rows, His nose high in the air; "It smells like Christmas, mom! "It smells like Christmas everywhere!" "Let's get the biggest tree we can! "A tree that's ten miles high! "A tree to go right through our roofl "A tree to touch the sky!" "A tree SO big "That Santa Claus "Will stop and stare and say, "'Now, THAT'S the finest Christmas tree "'I've seen this Christmas Day! '" It seemed they looked at every tree At least three million times; Dad shook them, pinched them, tumed them 'round To find the perfect pine. 'Tve found it, mom! "The Christmas tree I like the best of all! "It's got a little bare spot, "But we'll turn that to the wall!" "We'll put great-grandma's angel "On top the highest bough! "Oh, can we buy it? "Please, mom, PLEASE?! "Oh, can we buy it NOW?" "How 'bout some nice hot cocoa?" Asked the man who owned the lot. He twisted off the thermos give that tree a drink!" And so it went on All that blustery eve As the tree man gave Tree upon tree upon tree To every last person Who came to the lot--- Who toasted with cocoa In small paper cups, Who promised the promise Of joy in their hearts--- And singing out carols, Drove off in the dark. And when it was over One tree stood alone; But no one was left there To give it a home. The tree man put on his Red parka and hood And dragged the last Christmas tree Out to the woods. He left the pine right by a stream In the cold, So the wood's homeless creatures Could make it their home. He smiled as he brushed off Some snow from his beard, When out of the thicket A reindeer appeared. He scratched that huge reindeer On top his huge head--- "It looks like we've "Started up Christmas again!" "There are miles more to travel, "And much more to do! "Let's go home, my friend, "And get started anew!" He looked to the sky And heard jingle bells sound--- And then, In a twinkling, That tree man was gone! Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In the hopes of St. Nicholas soon would be there The children were nestled all snug in their beds While visions of sugarplums danced in their head With momma in her kerchief, and I in my cap We had just settled down for a long winters nap 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 Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow Gave the luster of midday to objects below When what to my wondering eyes should appear But a miniature sleilgh 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 courses 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 obstacles, mount to the sky So up to the housetop the courses they flew With a sleigh full of toys and St. Nicholas too And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof Th eprancing 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 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 sack His eyes, how they twinkled! His dimples how merry! His cheeks were likes roses, his nose like a cherry! Hi 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 little round belly 'That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old jelf 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 and turned with a jerk And laying a 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 as he drove out of sight- Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night! top, "Now, spot!" THIS will hit the He poured the steaming chocolate In three tiny paper cups. They toasted, "Here's to Christmas!" And they drank the cocoa up. "Is this your choice?" The tree man asked, "This pine's the best one here!" The'boy seemed sad--- "My daddy says "The price is just too dear." "Then, Merry Christmas!" Said the man, who wrapped the tree in twine, "It's yours for just one promise "You must keep at Christmas time!" "On Christmas Eve at bedtime "As you fold your hands to pray, "Promise in your heart "To keep the joy of Christmas Day!" "Now hurry home! This freezy wind "Is tuming your cheeks pink! "And ask your dad "To trim that trunk and ?!!; ~ :: iiii i~i ::::::.i:.i~-,~ llope your holiday deliverS boafload.s of happiness, health, ood limes and ood fortune. B 're deeply #ateful to all of the #eat customers who pulled for us {his year. Thanks for our support! Merry hrlstmas and best wishes, friend. ! Hope It's Filled With Wishing you a holiday that overflows wqth happiness, love, friendship and gcxxt fortune. Thanks for hanging in there with us this year. We greatly appreciate your business! L~:~ May the spirit of Christmas fill your heart and home with peace, joy and contentment. Our thaaks and best wishes for a happy holiday reside wifl~ you, our customers and friends. Merry Christmas!