‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: The 2018 Edition

2018 twas the night

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Cruz Bay,
The streets were hoppin’ again, we love it this way!
It was a tough year, we’re so glad you came back,
A big thanks to all for gettin’ us on track!
Our beaches are gorgeous, the trails are cleared,
Now let’s toast to that with an icy cold beer!
We have so many restaurants that are ready for you,
And lots of great shops, we promise, it’s true!
Now back on the beach, I heard a small clatter,
So I ran from High Tide to see what’s the matter.
Down to the ferry dock, I flew like a flash,
Grabbed a quick glass of wine before hearing a splash.
The moon on the bay and the twinkling lights,
Out past Gallows Bay, I saw something in flight.
When what to my wondering eyes should I see,
but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny donkey.
With a tanned little driver, so lively and quick,
I know in a moment it must be St. Nick!
More rapid than mongoose, his escorts they came,
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blixen!
To Coral Bay we must fly! We’re so proud of that place!
Its residents are full of such love & such grace!
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricanes fly,
Our wishes came true, so many clear skies.
So out toward the east, the escorts they flew,
With a sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I grabbed my beach towel and was turning around,
Down the palm tree St. Nicholas came with a bound!
He was dressed in flip flops, Painkiller in hand,
And looked so happy to’ve ditched snow for the sand.
With a snorkel in tow and fins on his feet,
He’s ready for the turtles, oh my, what a treat!
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His skin was so tan, from his head to his toes,
He just looked so happy to be far from the snow!
He grabbed his sunscreen and downed another cold drink,
Took a dip in the pool and gave me a wink.
He had a broad face and a cute little belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
We took a quick selfie and he hopped out of the pool,
Who would have thought he would be so darn cool!
The fun had to end, time to get back to work,
So he filled the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the palm tree 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, as he flew toward the Bight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

16 comments for “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: The 2018 Edition

  1. Kori
    December 23, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Love, love, love reading this each year! Merry Christmas STJ…can’t wait to see you again in the new year!!

  2. Phyllis
    December 24, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I love this!! Merry Christmas to all on St John

  3. Ronald Lamontagne
    December 24, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Have merry christmas and happy new year

  4. Vicki
    December 24, 2018 at 8:46 am

    This is awesome! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  5. Quenton Lowe
    December 24, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Merry Christmas to all on island.

  6. Bal
    December 24, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Merry Christmas to St. John!

  7. Kim
    December 24, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone on the beautiful island of St. John!

  8. Debbie in Indiana
    December 24, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Great job! Loved it. Love and miss St. John. Merry Christmas.

  9. Joanne
    December 24, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Someone did a really great job.
    John would be so pleased that his tradition is being carried on. Merry Christmas to all

  10. Minnesota Mike
    December 24, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Merry Christmas to y’all.

  11. Jay
    December 24, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Made me smile… thank you
    and Merry Christmas to ‘all’


  12. Mark
    December 24, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Merry Christmas

  13. Nancie Moore
    December 25, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Well done, Jenn. And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hope your New Year is a peaceful and joyful one.

  14. Steve
    December 26, 2018 at 11:25 am

    This is the best ever “parody”of the Night Before! What a hoot…Santa with a painkiller. Thanks for the constant updates, it’s a lot of work and much appreciated. We hope 2019 is a great rebuilding year for everyone on St. John. Happy New Year!

  15. December 30, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    This is the absolute most precious “Night Before Christmas” I’ve EVER read! Who is the author??? I have never even been to St. John!!! But it is on my heart and my bucket list to just come and stay (MAYBE FOREVER!) and enjoy the beautiful vibe that everyone at St. John emits!!! I LOVE ST JOHN!!!

    • News of St. John
      News of St. John
      December 30, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you!! I wrote it. :) -Jenn

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