‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Empty stockings were Instagrammed, to give all a gist
that I hoped for a lot from my Christmas Wish List.
After sending a selfie of me in my bed
to my friends who could see what I’d drawn on my head,
(it was one of those elf hats, a festive striped cap),
I snuggled on down for a long sleepy nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a noise —
had my egg nog flavored milkshake finally brought on the boys?
Away to the window I flew like Beyoncé,
“HOLY BANANAS!” I shouted. (Well, what would you say?)
Before my own eyes was the craziest thing,
straight out of a movie’s most magical scene.
I threw on pajamas and ran down to see
eight fashion reindeer — you have to believe me.
And guess who was with them? The Big Man On Campus
in a red velvet blazer, same color sneakers in canvas.
It was Santa! Ho ho! With a white beard and mane.
He smiled and began calling each reindeer by name.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and dancing of each sparkly hoof.
As I pulled in my head, quickly spinning around,
down the chimney Santa came with a fashionable bound.
He was dressed, as I mentioned, in a red blazer,
red hat on his head, he looked sharp as a razor.
A bundle of gifts he then flung on his knee,
Could all of those presents be meant for just me?
Oh I am not selfish, just so that you’re aware,
I got this green paisley scarf for my mom to wear.
For my best friend, this crown, for my cousin, this bag.
Santa brought it all. Had I a tail, it would wag.
I watched him in awe of how fast he could work,
He filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
He gave me a tap on the top of my nose,
Then called to his deer and up the chimney he rose!
He let out a whistle as he jumped in his sleigh,
flying into the air like models on a winter runway.
Then I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
“Happy shopping to all, and to all a good-night!”
-By Amelia Diamond and Leandra Medine. Based off the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore. Illustration and slides by Charlotte Fassler.
Part 1 of 1 in a collaboration with Yoox.com; byte into Italian Style this Holiday Season.