Merry Christmas Everybody

It’s Christmas Eve here at TB’s. Batteries are bought, camera is charged, and gifts are wrapped…I hear Santa’s been spotted by NORAD. My crowd is packing up for a long winter’s vacation.  Time to relax and savor the season. I’ll be on the lookout for any good conversations, or blank stare moments or even some cynical observations worth writing about here. For now, enjoy the text below of a traditional Christmas Eve tale I used to see every year on WLOX TV back when I lived on the coast.

Enjoy your day and your families. 

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Travellinbaen.

Quote of the Day    A Cajun Night Before Christmas

alligator.jpgTwas the night before Christmas an’ all t’ru de house, 
Dey don’t a ting pass Not even a mouse.
De chirren been nezzle good snug on de flo’, 
An’ Mama pass de pepper t’ru de crack on de do’.

De Mama in de fireplace done roas’ up de ham, 
Sit up de gumbo an’ make de bake yam. 
Den out on de by-you dey got such a clatter, 
Make soun’ like old Boudreau done fall off his ladder.

I run like a rabbit to got to de do’, 
Trip over de dorg an’ fall on de flo’. 
As I look out de do’in de light o’ de moon, 
I t’ink, “Mahn, you crazy or got ol’ too soon.”

Cux dere on de by-you w’en I stretch ma’neck stiff, 
Dere’s eight alligator a pullin’ de skiff. 
An’ a little fat drover wit’ a long pole-ing stick, 
I know r’at away got to be ole St.Nick.

Mo’ fas’er an’ fas’er de’ gator dey came 
He whistle an’ holler an’ call dem by name: 
“Ha, Gaston! Ha, Tiboy! Ha, Pierre an’ Alcee’! 
Gee, Ninette! Gee, Suzette! Celeste an’Renee’!

To de top o’ de porch to de top o’ de wall, 
Make crawl, alligator, an’ be sho’ you don’ fall.”
Like Tante Flo’s cat t’ru de treetop he fly, 
W’en de big ole houn’ dorg come a run hisse’s by.

Like dat up de porch dem ole ‘gator clim! 
Wit’ de skiff full o’ toy an’ St. Nicklus behin’. 
Den on top de porch roof it soun’ like de hail, 
W’en all dem big gator, done sot down dey tail.

Den down de chimney I yell wit’ a bam, 
An’ St.Nicklus fall an’ sit on de yam. 
“Sacre!” he axclaim, “Ma pant got a hole 
I done sot ma’se’f on dem red hot coal.”

He got on his foots an’ jump like de cat 
Out to de flo’ where he lan’ wit’ a SPLAT!
He was dress in musk-rat from his head to his foot, 
An’ his clothes is all dirty wit’ ashes an’ soot.

A sack full o’ playt’ing he t’row on his back, 
He look like a burglar an’ dass fo’ a fack. 
His eyes how dey shine his dimple, how merry! 
Maybe he been drink de wine from de blackberry.

His cheek was like a rose his nose a cherry, 
On secon’ t’ought maybe he lap up de sherry.
Wit’ snow-white chin whisker an’ quiverin’ belly, 
He shook w’en he laugh like de stromberry jelly!

But a wink in his eye an’ a shook o’ his head, 
Make my confi-dence dat I don’t got to be scared.
He don’ do no talkin’ gone strit to hi work, 
Put a playt’ing in sock an’ den turn wit’ a jerk.

He put bot’ his han’ dere on top o’ his head, 
Cas’ an eye on de chimney an’ den he done said:
“Wit’ all o’ dat fire an’ dem burnin’ hot flame, 
Me I ain’ goin’ back by de way dat I came.”

So he run out de do’ an, he clim’ to de roof, 
He ain’ no fool, him for to make one more goof. 
He jump in his skiff an’ crack his big whip, 
De’ gator move down, An don’ make one slip.

An’ I hear him shout loud as a splashin’ he go, 
“Merry Christmas to all ’til I saw you some mo’!”

Author: J. B. Kling, Jr., 1973

About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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13 Responses to Merry Christmas Everybody

  1. P.S. Not even midnight and everything is put together! Should finish up a playlist and be abed by twelve. Ho Ho Ho

  2. BR says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Jessie Lou says:

    Merry Christmas! It has been wonderful even though my child was miles from home making his own Christmas memories. I hope everyone is fat, happy and full with a smile on their face.

    TB – I always said you’d make a great dad and you are proving me right.

  4. smilyj says:

    T’was the nite b’fore Xmas at MD’s house.

    Not a creature was stirring, just MD and his spouse.

    All the gifts were wrapped and they were off to bed.

    Thoughts of making whoopee filled MD’s head.

    But the Xmas spirit got MD too excite, and perform he could not do.

    1,2,3 like magic, he was through.

  5. sweet says:

    That sh*t is funny

  6. Zeek says:

    That sh*t IS funny

  7. Madd Dawg says:


    sEan, where is suSan LaNg these days?

  8. Jessie Lou says:

    Do you mean Susan Lang, daughter of Elmo Lang?

  9. Zeek says:

    Oh my, the plot thickens.

  10. JessieLou says:

    Hmmmmmmm – one never knows where life might take one and sometimes it is really interesting.

  11. smilyj says:

    I dont know. I havent seen her since Jr. High. But at that time, I believe she was completely satisfied.

  12. Jessie Lou says:

    If she is one and the same then she is safely esconced in Hurleyworld.

  13. Madd Dawg says:

    She was sEan’s first and only true love, and then she broke his little heart. He is probably crying now as he reads this and recalls the pain.

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