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Twas the Night Before Christmas


Twas the night before Christmas

And all through the shop

Eight elves were busy working

Even Snap, Crackle, and Pop


Tools were arranged

By workstations with care

Waiting for the next toy

To be brought and placed there


When back in the forge there arose such a clatter

The supervisor ran back to see what was the matter

He saw the signs of a certain arc flash

Which easily could explain the very loud crash


The hole on the ceiling was letting in snow

Cooling the embers of the fire below

Panicked he looked for his worker’s fate

He was relieved when he counted out all eight


The fire crews arrived so lively and quick

And on their heals came a worried St. Nick

When he saw all eight, a smile it came

And he sighed and hugged and called them by name


Oh Pop, Oh Crackle, Oh Snap

I remember holding your children on my lap

I look at the roof that is now all blackened

We must look into this to learn what happened


They were dressed in all fur, from head to foot

Their clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot

The mountains of toys all ready to pack

Still to be selected from the distribution rack


There was a job to be done all over this world

But Santa stopped to let this unfurl

An investigation cannot be done in a hurry

Else on his sleigh he would still have to worry


About the next elf who’d not be so blessed

To go home to his family and join the season’s fest

They all knew they had to take a step back

What was the hazard, what did they lack?


Santa’s eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!

“How did you get out of a situation so hairy”

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Gave Crackle the notion he had nothing to dread.


“Snap was taking a sample from the Electric Arc Furnace

And I was drinking cocoa from my thermos”

“I knew his Elf coat was fire proof…

What I didn’t see was the hole in the roof.”


But Pop had jumped up and gave Snap a Whistle

If snow hit the slag it would turn to a missile.

The word he yelled cut through like a knife,

‘That sample is not worth your life!’”


“Snap ran to the porch then behind the wall

We dashed away, dashed away, dashed away all”

“Pop saved our lives despite all his fuss,

The fact is, he was looking out for us”


Santa spoke not a word but went straight to his sleigh

His precious elves were still alive today.

They had taught themselves to be aware,

The most perfect display of how much they care.


He sprang into his sleigh and gave them a wink

The events of the night made him rethink

When together we care, all will be right

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a safe night!”



     


       

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