the bloggers version with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore
'Twas the night before Christmas, on the 'net and in the house,
Not a blogger was posting, motionless their mouse
The FRPG musings were posted on blogspot with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas would be reading there
The characters were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of treasure hoards danced in their heads
And mamma with her handbook, and I with my map,
Had just nodded off for a short gamer's nap
When from the game room there arose such a clatter,
I fell from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away down the stairs I tumbled with fright,
Tore open the door and threw on the lights.
The rays from tree lights on the hexgrid below
Gave an erie lustre of magic to objects that glow,
When, what to my bloodshot eyes should appear,
But miniatures, a sleigh, and eight pewter reindeer
With a little old driver, so red and waist thick,
I knew it was painted to look like St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles on hastes spells they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Mialee! now, Redgar! now, Tordek and Jozan!
On, Lidda! on Krusk! on, Gimble and Nebin!
To the top of the castle! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As wizards, who at fifth level take the spell fly, those figures they flew just missing my eye.
So up to the Mantel-top the miniature reindeer they flew,
the tiny sleigh full of games, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard as they stood,
prancing and pawing of metal on wood.
As I drew up my hand, and was uttering a sound,
off the mantel St. Nicholas enlarged with a bound.
He was dressed in fake fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes looked tarnished with faux ashes and soot
A bundle of boxes fell on the floor with his growth,
like at Gencon, a marketer just opening his booth.
His red eyes -- how they twinkled! it was really quite scary!
His lips were bright red, more like blood than a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a shortbow,
his beard braided dwarf like was as white as the snow
In his teeth was a pipe the color of bones,
the smoke it encircled his head like ioun stones
He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook, when he laughed like gelatinous cube jelly.
He was chubby and plump, who though him an elf?
He is more like a 1E gnome, I thought to myself
A wink of his eye, and my reactions had trailed,
I was immobile, my save it had failed
He spoke not a word, but went straight to my snacks, and stuffed his mouth full and mumbled, 'relax'.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
getting quite small, up the mantel he rose
He sprang to his sleigh, said 'teleport' to his team, and vanished all like they were a dream.
But I heard him exclaim, from the ether out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, back to posting 'morrow night."