Whereas, on an occasion immediately preceding the Nativity festival, throughout a dwelling unit, quiet descended, in which could be heard no disturbance, not even the sound emitted by a diminutive rodent related to, and in form resembling, a rat;
and Snowman, whereas, the offspring of the occupants had affixed their tubular, closely knit coverings for the nether limbs to the flue of the fireplace in expectation that a personage known as St.Nicholas would arrive;
and Whereas, said offspring had become somnolent, and were entertaining re: saccharine-flavored fruit;
and Whereas, the adult male of the family, et ux, attired in proper headgear, had also become quiescent in anticipation of nocturnal inertia;
and Whereas, a distraction on the snowy acreage outside aroused the owner to investigate;
and Whereas, he perceived in a most unbelieving manner a vehicle propelled by eight domesticated quadrupeds of a species found in arctic regions;
and Whereas, a most odd rotund gentleman was entreating the aforesaid animals by their appellations, as follows: 'Your immediate co-operation is requested.
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen;
and collective action by you will be much appreciated, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen';
and Whereas, subsequent to the above, there occurred a swift descent to the hearth by the aforementioned gentleman, where he proceeded to deposit gratuities in the aforementioned tubular coverings.
Now, therefore, be ye advised: that upon completion of these acts, and upon his return to his original point of departure, he proclaimed a felicitation of the type prevalent and suitable to these occasions, i.e.:
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