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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
(or A Visit from St. Nicholas) by Clement Clarke Moore (1823)
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the roof there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the lustre of midday to objects below,
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles, his courses 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, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch!
To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away!
Dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky
so up to the house-top the courses they flew, with the 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 drew in my head and was turning around, down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes–how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round 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.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
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, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday filled with joy and family.
Be safe! See you in the New Year!
DAGNABIT, LET’S GROW SOME MOS
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Please let Katherine know ASAP if you want to come to the BNI Marinaside Whitecaps Event Sunday October 21, 4pm game. We need a minimum of 20 people to attend in order to get the group tickets for $24 or $48 (when they sell out of the $24 tickets). We need people! This is the last home game for the Whitecaps. Bring your kids, spouse/partners, friends, co-workers or clients:) Let’s have a great time together outside of our morning meeting and build closer relationships while drinking beer and cheering on a great team!:)
This week let’s do a Referral Reality check so that you can refine your Word of Mouth Marketing process.
Select the last three referrals you gave and ask the recipients how they went?
Use the 15 minutes of Open Networking at the start of the meeting to do this.
Ask the following questions?
1. Did they contact the person referred?
2. Did they get to meet with the person?
3. Did they do any business?
4. Is there anything about the referral that wasn’t suitable for them?
This will give you some direct feedback on the type of referral you are giving to your chapter members.
If there are aspects of the members follow-up that you are not happy with, then the member can correct them.
If there are aspects of the referral that the member is not happy with, then you can correct them.
This way, in a very short time you can refine the referral process and everyone will be better off.
Remember that it is Givers Gain!
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