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Subject: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
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Date: 17 Dec 88 23:34:08 GMT
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Found on a PC at NASA:

                       A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS

                       FOR READERS IN THEIR 23RD
                           YEAR OF SCHOOLING

     'Twas  the  nocturnal  segment  of the diurnal period preceding the
annual yuletide celebration, and  throughout  our  place  of  residence,
kinetic  activity  was  not  in  evidence  among  the possessors of this
potential, including that  species  of  domestic  rodent  known  as  Mus
musculus.    Hosiery was meticulously suspended from the forward edge of
the  wood-burning  caloric  apparatus,  pursuant  to  our   anticipatory
pleasure   regarding   an   imminent   visitation   from   an  eccentric
philanthropist among whose folkloric appellations is the honorific title
of St. Nicholas.

     The  prepubescent  siblings,   comfortably   ensconced   in   their
respective  accommodations  of  repose,  were  experiencing subconscious
visual   hallucinations   of   variegated   fruit   confections   moving
rhythmically  through their cerebra.  My conjugal partner and I, attired
in our  nocturnal  cranial  coverings,  were  about  to  take  slumbrous
advantage  of  the  hibernal  darkness when upon the avenaceous exterior
portion of the grounds there ascended such  a  cacophony  of  dissonance
that I felt compelled to arise with alacrity from my place of repose for
the purpose of ascertaining the precise source thereof.

     Hastening  to the casement, I forthwith opened the barriers sealing
the fenestration, noting thereupon that the  lunar  brilliance  without,
reflected   as   it   was   on  the  surface  of  a  recent  crystalline
aqueous precipitation, might be said to rival that of the solar meridian
itself --  thus  permitting  my  incredulous optical sensor to peruse  a
miniature   airborne  runnered   conveyance   drawn   by   an  octet  of
diminutive  specimens   of the genus Rangifer, piloted by  a  miniscule,
aged chauffeur so ebullient and nimble that it became instantly apparent
to  me  that   he was  indeed  our   anticipated   caller.     With  his
undulate  motive  power traveling at what may possibly  have  been  more
vertiginous velocity  than patriotic   alar  predators,  he  vociferated
loudly,   expelled   breath  musically  through  contracted  labia,  and
addressed each of the  octet  by his  or  her  respective  cognomen  ...
"Now   Dasher, now Dancer..."  et al. -- guiding them to  the  uppermost
exterior  level  of   our  abode,  through  which   structure   I  could
readily  distinguish the concatenations of each of the 32  cloven  pedal

     As I retracted my cranium from  its  erstwhile  location,  and  was
performing  a  180-degree  pivot,  our  distinguished  visitant achieved
-- with utmost celerity and via a downward leap -- entry by way  of  the
smoke  passage.  He was clad entirely in animal pelts soiled by the ebon
residue from the oxidations of carboniferous fuels which had accumulated
on the walls thereof.  His resemblance to a street vendor  I  attributed
largely to the plethora of assorted playthings which he bore dorsally in
a commodious cloth receptacle.

     His  orbs  were  scintillant  with  reflected luminosity, while his
submaxillary  dermal  indentations  gave  every  evidence  of   engaging
amiability.    The  capillaries of his molar regions and nasal aptenance
were engorged with blood which suffused  the  subcutaneous  layers,  the
former  approximating  the  coloration  of  Albion's  floral emblem, the
latter that of the Prunus avium, or sweet cherry.  His amusing sub-  and
supralabials  resembled nothing so much as a common loop knot, and their
ambient hirsuite facial  adornment  appeared  like  small,  tabular  and
columnar crystals of frozen water.

     Clenched  firmly between his incisors was a smokingpiece whose gray
fumes, forming a tenuous ellipse about his occiput, were suggestive of a
decorative seasonal circlet of holly.  His visage was wider than it  was
high, and when he waxed audibly mirthful, his corpulent abdominal region
undulated  in  the manner of impectinated fruit syrup in a hemispherical

     Without utterance and  with  dispatch,  he  commenced  filling  the
aforementioned  hosiery  with articles of merchandise extracted from his
aforementioned previously dorsally transported cloth receptacle.    Upon
completion  of  this  task,  he  executed an abrupt about-face, placed a
single manual digit in lateral juxtaposition  to  his  olfactory  organ,
inclined his cranium forward in a gesture of leave-taking, and forthwith
affected his egress by renegotiating (in reverse) the smoke passage.  He
then propelled himself in a short vector onto his conveyance, directed a
musical  expulsion  of  air through his contracted oral sphincter to the
antlered quadrupeds of burden, and proceeded to soar aloft in a movement
hitherto observable chiefly among the seed-bearing portions of a  common
weed.    But  I  overheard  his parting exclamation, audible immediately
prior to his vehiculation beyond the  limits  of  visibility:  "Ecstatic
yuletides   to   the  planetary  constituence,  and  to  that  self-same
assemblage  my  sincerest  wishes  for  a  salubriously  beneficial  and
gratifyingly pleasurable period between sunset and dawn."