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SOME TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO, Santa Claus lore was collected into what has been called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American.” Author of ” ’Twas the night before Christmas,” as it opened, was (arguably) Clement C. Moore, a Professor of Oriental and Greek Literature as well as Divinity and Biblical Learning at the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City. 

Clement Clarke Moore, 1779–1863, American writer, scholar, and real estate developer.

Wikipedia gives the “arguable” details, but let’s agree to celebrate Happy Holidays without bickering. 

1993 Christmas Roadster. Here’s what we put together at R&T for December 1993. 

A Dad’s Joke. Who accompanied St. Nicholas down the chimney? No, not the reindeer; they pranced and pawed away up on the roof. Indeed, it was a jerk.

The original publication of Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas in the Troy Sentinel, December 23, 1823, from Wikipedia.

As stated in the line beginning “And fill’d all the stockings,” Moore implies St. Nick was accompanied by a jirk, evidently that era’s spelling.  

With that Dad’s Joke, I announce my traditional Happy Holiday Hiatus from now until January First. Have one yourself too, and thanks sincerely for your readership. ds 

© Dennis Simanaitis,, 2022 

6 comments on “TOMORROW’S VISIT

  1. Myrna Dillon
    December 24, 2022

    Happy Holidays to you and yours, Dennis. Let’s all make 2023 a year to remember! Hugs from Myrna and Griffin

  2. Michael Rubin
    December 24, 2022

    Thank you Dennis for another year of daily surprises, never knowing what gift might appear in my inbox.

    Merry Christmas and hopes 2023 will see a better year than the one just finished, apart from some obvious bright spots.

    Michael Rubin


  3. Jack Mason
    December 24, 2022

    Dennis – Have a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2023.
    And thank you for providing a daily “bright spot” on the interweb.

  4. sabresoftware
    December 24, 2022

    Seasons greetings. Looking forward to your 2023 adventures.

  5. Mike B
    December 25, 2022

    Took a moment reviewing that Road Test panel, but got the Dad Joke. Thanks! And a belated (though still, technically, on the day) Merry Christmas.

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