ICYMI: ‘Twas the Night Before a Genealogist’s Christmas …

  I obtained this parody of Clement Moore’s masterpiece by way of e mail again within the mid-1990’s, the creator is unknown to me. Kimberly Powell had it on her web site for years however I can not discover it now.

‘Twas the night time earlier than Christmas
When all via the home
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even my partner.

The eating room desk with muddle was unfold
With pedigree charts and with letters which mentioned…
“Too unhealthy in regards to the information for which you wrote;
Sank in a storm on an ill-fated boat.”

Stacks of outdated copies of wills and such
Have been proof that my work had develop into an excessive amount of.
Our youngsters had been nestled all comfortable of their beds,
Whereas visions of sugarplums danced of their heads.

And I at my desk was able to drop
From work on my album with images to crop.
Christmas was right here, and such was my lot
That presents and goodies and toys I might forgot.

Had I not been busy with grandparents’ wills,
I might not have forgotten to buy such thrills,
Whereas others purchased presents to deliver Christmas cheers,
I might hung out researching these delivery dates and years.

Whereas I used to be thus musing about my unhappy plight,
An odd noise on the garden gave me such an amazing fright.
Away to the window I flew in a flash,
Tore open the drapes and yanked up the sash.

When what with my questioning eyes ought to seem,
However an overstuffed sleigh and eight small reindeer.
As much as the home prime the reindeer they flew,
With a sleigh stuffed with toys and ‘ole Santa Claus, too.

After which in a twinkle, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of thirty-two hoofs.
As I drew in my head, and bumped it on the sash,
Down the chilly chimney fell Santa–KER-RASH!

“Pricey” Santa had come from the roof in a wreck,
And tracked soot on the carpet, (I might wring his brief neck!)
Recognizing my face, good ‘ole Santa might see
I had no Christmas spirit you’d should agree.

He spoke not a phrase, however went straight to his work
And stuffed all of the stockings, (I felt like a jerk).
Right here was Santa, who’d introduced us such gladness and pleasure:
After I’d been too busy for even one toy.

He spied my analysis on the desk all unfold
“A genealogist!” He cried! (My face was all purple!)
“Tonight I’ve met many such as you,” Santa grinned,
As he pulled from his sack a big e book he had penned.

I gazed with amusement–the cowl it learn
Family tree Traces for Which You Have Plead.
“I do know what it is like as a family tree bug.” He mentioned
as he gave me an amazing Santa hug.

“Whereas the elves make the sleighful of toys I now carry,
I perform some research within the North Pole Library!
A particular deal with I’m thus in a position to deliver,
To family tree folks who cannot discover a factor.”

“Now off you go to your mattress for a relaxation,
I am going to clear up the home from this family tree mess.”
As I climbed up the steps stuffed with gladness and glee,
I appeared again at Santa who’d introduced a lot to me.

Whereas settling in mattress, I heard Santa’s clear whistle,
To his crew, which then rose just like the down of a thistle.
And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight,
“Household Historical past is Enjoyable! Merry Christmas! Goodnight!”

–Writer Unknown

To all, I want a really Merry Christmas, and I hope Genea-Santa brings you a particular present for your loved ones historical past.

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