‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through Prince Town
Not a creature was stirring. There was no one around.
The masks were all hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that 2021 soon would be there.
The mayor was nestled all snug in his bed
While visions of sewer system upgrades swam in his head.
On Old Hedley Road there arose such a clatter
Spencer sprang to the window to see what was the matter.
The moon on the breast of the unplowed snow
Gave a lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When what to his wondering eyes did appear
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny bronze reindeer.
And then in a twinkling he heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As he drew in his head and was turning around
Down the chimney Santa Claus came with a bound.
His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry.
But the mayor stepped back, his own face was wary.
‘No no’ said St. Nick, ‘it’s all for the best.
I promise I’ve just had a negative test.’
While clutching his pipe tight in one fist
He reached in his pocket and pulled out a list.
‘I don’t get letters so much anymore
‘Now I go onto Facebook to find out the score.
The tax increase seems fair, They are generally the rule.
And I see you are once again wanting a pool.
You do need more housing, that much is clear.’
The elf scanned the room and uttered ‘oh dear
‘By the looks of that cradle you yourself need more room.
We can talk in the New Year, connect over Zoom.’
Then laying a figure aside of his nose
Up the chimney Santa Claus rose.
But Spencer heard him exclaim ’er he drove out of sight
‘You did a beautiful job on the Veteran’s Square lights.’
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