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"The Night Before Christmas"

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And laying his 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 ere he drove out of sight,

"MERRY CHRISTMAS

TO ALL AND

TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!"

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The Stranger

At Christmas time there was a man who looked so out of place as people rushed about him at a hurried sort of pace.

He stared at all the Christmas lights, the tinsel everywhere
the shopping center Santa Claus, with children gathered near.

The Mall was packed with shoppers who were going to and fro,
some with smiles and some with frowns and some to tired to go.

They rested on the benches or they hurried on their way
to fight the crowd for purchases to carry home that day.

The music from a stereo was playing loud and clear
of Santa Claus, and snow men, and a funny red nosed reindeer.

He heard the people talk about the good times on the way,
of parties, fun and food galore, and gifts exchanged that day.
...Cont.

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