I wanted to create a video Christmas card for you because I’m going to be going off the grid for a few days to celebrate. I included the text below the video in case any of you wanted to read as opposed to watching. I certainly don’t blame you. (Although the video does include some of our Christmas decorations, and really, who doesn’t want to see the penguin tree?!)
‘Twas the night before Christmas, at Gingerbread House,
No computer was whirring, no click from a mouse.
And though I was nestled all snug in my bed,
I was not sleeping, but reading instead.
While lost in a world of fantastic time travel,
I heard a strange noise, like a skid on some gravel.
Shortly thereafter, the sound of a crash,
And away to the window I flew like a flash!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature sleigh, and no single reindeer.
I stood there confused, and scratching my noggin,
When I noticed the penguins begin to toboggan.
Santa soon shouted, “Dudes, let’s not dawdle,”
And then those sweet penguins took off at a waddle.
They gathered up packages, ribbons, and bows,
And while burdened with sacks, to housetops they ROSE.
I stood there dumbfounded, and no wonder why,
Who would’ve thought that PENGUINS could fly?!
It happened so quickly, and just like a flash,
Santa was shouting, “Fellows, let’s dash!”
“Now Carroll, now Chaucer, now Atwood and Dickens,
On Austen, on Bronte, on Shakespeare and Whitman.
We’ve filled every stocking and left every gift,
Now, buddies, oblige me, and gift me a lift!”
He hopped in his sleigh as the penguins assembled
They squawked and they wiggled, the giggled and trembled
I heard Santa exclaim with a quick backward look,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good book!”
Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate! To all those who don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy (belated) Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Winter Solstice, Happy Festivus, and Happy New Year!!! (If you celebrate none of those holidays, then I simply wish you hearty good cheer!)