Monday 24 December 2012

Day 185: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'For the best gift of all is to truly believe
in the wonderful nght that we call Christmas Eve...' 

Here's Carol Ann Duffy's take on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' to revel in on this most magical night of the year.

Another Night Before Christmas - Carol Ann Duffy

On the night before Christmas, a child in a house,
as the whole family slept, behaved just like a mouse...
and crept on soft toes down red-carpeted stairs.
Her hand held the paw of her favourite bear.

The Christmas tree posed with its lights in its arms,
newly tinselled and baubled with glittering charms;
flirting in flickers of crimson and green
against the dull glass of the mute TV screen.

The hushed street was in darkness. Snow duveted the cars -
a stray cat had embroidered each roof with its paws.
An owl on an aerial had planets for eyes.
The child at the window stared up at the sky,

where two aeroplanes sped to the east and the west,
like a pulled Christmas cracker. The child held her breath
and looked for a sign up above, as the moon
shone down like a gold chocolate coin on the town.

Far beyond the quiet suburbs, the motorway droned
as it cradled the drivers who murmured at phones
and drove through the small hours, this late Christmas Eve,
the ones who were faithless, the ones who believed.

But the child who was up and long out of her bed
saw no visions of sugar plums dance in her head;
she planned to discover, for once and for all,
if Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) was real.

There were some who said no, he was really just Mum,
with big cushions or pillows to plump out her tum,
or Dad, with a red cloak and cotton-wool beard,
a whisky or three down his neck for Good Cheer.

So she took up position behind a big chair
that was close to the fireplace. Four stockings hung there.
Quite soon there'd be one tangerine in each toe
and she'd be the child who would see and would know.

And outside, a lone taxi crunched back into town,
where the shops had their shutters, like giant eyelids, down,
and people in blankets, with nowhere to go,
were hunched in shop doorways to keep from the snow;

Where a giant plastic Santa climbed up the Town Hall
and security guards dozed or smoked in the Mall.
The cashpoints glowed softly, like icons of light,
from corner to corner, on Christmas Eve night.

Then a shooting star whizzed down the sky from the North.
It was fizzing and sparkling as it fell to earth,
and growing in size. A young hare in a field
gazed up at the sky where it brightened and swelled.

It turned into a sleigh, made of silver and gold,
pulled by reindeer, whose breath chiffoned out in the cold,
with bells on their antlers and bells round each hoof.
Then - clatter! - they landed on you-know-who's roof.

Now, herself  near the fireplace had fallen asleep,
So she missed every word that a voice, warm and deep,
was saying above her, as each reindeer's name
was spoken, and flared in the night like a flame.

Dasher, whoa! Dancer, whoa! Prancer! Vixen! Well done!
Comet, whoa! Cupid, whoa! Donner! Blitzen! What fun!
The shadows of reindeer were patterns on snow
which gift-wrapped the garden, three storeys below.

It's a fact that a faraway satellite dish,
which observes us from space, cannot know what we wish.
Its eye's empty socket films famine and greed,
but cannot see Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

He was dressed all in red, from his head to his toes,
also red was the Christmassy glow of his nose.
His beard was as white as the flakes that fell down
on rich and on poor in this ordinary town.

His eyes twinkled like tinsel and starlight and frost,
and they knew how to give without counting the cost.
He'd slung on his back a huge sackful of toys
to lug down the chimneys of good girls and boys.

Dasher snorted, and Blixen pawed hard at the roof -
they'd a long night before them, and that was the truth!
But Santa had vanished! A puff of black soot
burped out of the chimney, dislodged by his foot.

All this noise woke the child, who had fallen asleep,
so she popped up her head and made sure she could peep
(without being seen) at whoever it was
who stood in the fireplace. Big wow! Santa Claus!

Though she lived in an age where celebrity ruled
and when most of the people were easily fooled
by TV and fashion, by money and cars,
the little girl knew that here was a real STAR!

Then she watched as the room filled with magic and light
as the spirit of Christmas made everything bright
and suddenly presents were heaped by the tree -
but she didn't wonder, which ones are for me?

For the best gift of all is to truly believe
in the wonderful nght that we call Christmas Eve,
when adults remember, of all childhood's laws,
this time in December will bring Santa Claus.

Santa turned and winked at her, then disappeared,
with a laugh, up the chimney, with soot in his beard.
She ran to the window and watched as his sleigh
took off from her roof and he sped on his way.

And as long as she lived she would never forget
how he flew, as the moon showed him in silhouette,
from rooftop to rooftop and called from his flight

© Carol Ann Duffy Picador 2010


  1. I love this poem! I am teaching it as a comparison between this and the older one to my primary school class today.

  2. Omg I Finally Got Helped  !! I'm So excited right now, I just have to share my testimony on this Forum.. The feeling of being loved takes away so much burden from our shoulders. I had all this but I made a big mistake when I Cheated on My Wife with another woman  and my wife left me for over 4months after She found out..  I was lonely, sad and devastated luckily I was directed to a Very powerful spell caster Dr Emu who helped me cast a Spell of reconciliation on Our Relationship and he brought back my lover and now she loves me far more than ever.. I'm so happy with life now. Thank you so much Dr Emu, kindly Contact  Dr Emu Today and get any kind of help you want.. Via Email or Call/WhatsApp +2347012841542

  3. I’m a 36-year-old software engineer living in the Midwest. Most of my early life I never had good credit. 3 months ago my credit scores were 580 low 600s. I was obviously not happy with those scores so I started to clean up my credit. Opened 2 secured cards; Discover IT for 200; Navy Federal secured for 250. Did the pledge loan as well; self-account, stellar fi, boom for renting reporting, cap one only a 300 limit. Asking a family member to become an AU on their BOA still nothing changed instead my credit score kept dropping. Thanks PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST after reading so many reviews about them. When I got in touch with PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST my story changed for the better. He helped me delete all negative items on my credit report within 6 days. My current score now is 806 TransUnion 811 Experian and 802 Equifax. Here is his contact info: PINNACLECREDITSPECIALIST@GMAIL.COM I proudly and strongly recommend PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST service to everyone out there in need of a credit fix. He’s above the best and simply the best. 

  4. Months ago I planted a seed here. My credit report was lit in red like a Christmas tree of nothing but bad checks. My goal at first was a 680 score, to qualify for a mortgage. That turned into 700…then 710…eventually I entered the 800 club. That 800 club then got me into the 800 teen club. Today I was notified that my Equifax passed the 800 teen club. 821! What was hard to qualify for a $500 credit card now makes it easy to get a $5000 credit card. What was hard to get a $1 credit line increase, makes it easy to get $1000. What was hard to get a lower credit card interest (that actually resulted in getting higher interest) now is easy to make and generally results in a lower rate. How I got to this point was from the help of PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST and the help I received from this board. It takes time, effort and determination. The pay in the end is great. I don’t regret working with PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST. When I started I wanted everything fixed overnight but he said no he has to go one bit at a time to avoid a trace. He started with what they know is easy and worked my credit up. That’s how I got here. His an angel in human form don’t fail to hit him up on email: PINNACLECREDITSPECIALIST@GMAIL.COM

  5. Have you guys ever checked out PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST? I never knew that my credit is very bad due to hardship I have been facing and desperation. Luckily for me a friend introduced me to PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST. He helped me raise my score 297 points and removed all my eviction on my credit report thereby giving me a state. I was able to apply for a credit card once again and I was able to get a loan for my business. His service is affordable, He’s the real deal. All thanks to PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST. His email: PINNACLECREDITSPECIALIST@GMAIL.COM

  6. I’m here to thank PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST for taking the path of helping me recover my credit. I had a chapter bankruptcy and have been discharged for almost a year and a half and I’ve been trying to restore my credit. I had a total of 7 CC none secured after my bankruptcy and I’m trying to get back with the Apple credit card but every time I apply it says I have an account with them and I spoke a supervisor and supposedly my account still has a balance and won’t be closed that’s until it’s settled but I can’t pay the balance either. Few weeks ago I used the PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST hacking techniques to get them to remove the CO and bankruptcy off my report. Saw a huge bomb in my credit score. I’m now sharing the good I got from PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST. I hope it will help someone in the future. Also don’t fail to let them know I referred you when you fit them up for help: PINNACLECREDITSPECIALIST@GMAIL.COM

  7. If you’re looking to get your credit fixed I would recommend a reliable hacker to get in touch with DOVLY CREDIT SOLUTION. I was suffering from a low FICO score 570 and was unable to meet up to my financial standard. He helped me raise my FICO score to 808 excellent score of 808 and He also cleared all the hard inquiries and collections on my report, cleared the $85k on my credit cards and removed my BK7 from TransUnion within 7 days. He's affordable and always delivers good service.
    Here is his contact info; DOVLYCREDITSOLUTION@GMAIL.COM

  8. Hi my name is Michael Lewis, I really needed a new home for my kids but my divorce and the judgment I had against me 6 years ago for a car loan ruined my credit and I was unable to even have a credit card anymore. I surfed through these forums a lot and that’s how I found out about DOVLY CREDIT SOLUTION. I read on the forums about DOVLY CREDIT SOLUTION and how slow they’re to fix credit but they’re among the few that would offer 100% CREDIT REPAIR SERVICES. So I decided to give them a shot. They only did a soft pull up by giving me an excellent credit score within 10 days. He deleted the judgement against my credit report and also paid all the late payment on my credit report. I’m more than happy that I’ve been approved of a 3-unit property that I and my kids live in. He’s really a great hacker. Contact him now: DOVLYCREDITSOLUTION@GMAIL.COM OR Text him on signal app +1 (713) 396 5299.

  9. Low credit affected me from being able to apply for a home in Austin TX, so I started to think about purchasing a house. The earliest would be a year from now, but I’m one year out of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. My mortgage credit score was: 599/571/621. Credit Negatives: BK13 Discharged 10/22 (filed 4/19), Auto loan and Credit Card IIB still reporting, only one year of open accounts for revolving credit, older trade lines for closed revolving accounts and installments loans. previous FICO 8: 590/524/579. I didn’t meet the minimum requirement for FHA and conventional mortgages, until I came across this professional hacker called DOVLY CREDIT SOLUTION with good, fast and affordable rates. I never believed this worked until he proved me wrong by removing all negative marks and hard inquiries on my credit report. He also helped me raise my credit score to my desired score which helped me to be able to purchase my home for my family. Current FICO 8: 790/799/801. Contact him now: DOVLYCREDITSOLUTION@GMAIL.COM 0R CALL on signal: +1 (713) 396 5299.

  10. I went through a divorce with my husband and was in a terrible situation that I urgently needed to repair my credit. I was able to find a hacker called DOVLY CREDIT SOLUTION on a credit forum website. He helped me raise my credit score to 805 excellent standards and he cleaned up my criminal records on my credit report within 11 days. I wonder how my life would be if I didn’t contact him. All thanks to DOVLY CREDIT SOLUTION, hit him up by email: DOVLYCREDITSOLUTION@GMAIL.COM OR Text +1 (713) 396 5299. 


I'd love to hear what you think! To leave a comment - comment as/sign in with your Google ID if you have one, or website or blog address, or if these don't apply, sign in as Anonymous, and leave your name if you like!