Thread: Twas the night before Christmas
12-24-2005, 10:55 AM #1
Twas the night before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the firehouse: Not a firefighter was stirring, not even the Webteam; The hoses were hung out to dry with great care for the night, In hopes that a job would soon come in;
Pipeman2 and the rest of the Forum members were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of a huge job danced through their heads;
And Sheri in her ‘kerchief, PFire23 in her PJ's and I in my boxers by my laptop, (very kinky scene) Had just settled our brains for a short winter’s nap. When out on Amsterdam Avenue there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon over Manhattan revealed there was no snow but, there was a glow like mid-day to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a fire engine slay and ChiefReason leading the crew. With tools in hand and a hose line to fill, They seemed more determined than ever to chop a hole in my new roof; I knew in a moment it must be CaptainGonzo and Crew.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
"Now, NJFFSA16! Now, Captstanm1! Now, firenresq77! Now hfd66truck and Bones42 and Adze39! On MalahatTwo7, on FlyingKiwi, on E229Lt, on Weruj1 and GeorgeWendtCFI, and MIKEYLIKESIT too! To the top of the ladder! To the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the rig full of tools, and FFFRED and MattyJ with them too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing of Truckee’s on my new roof. As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, Down the chimney CaptainGonzo came with a bound.
He was dressed in his Turnout, from his head to his boots, And his gear were all tarnished with ashes and soot; A bundle of tools he had flung on his back, and he looked like a perp just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled like **** in the snow! His dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose all runny just after a good job! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;(the beard not department regulation)
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his rig, to his Crew gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like a skell from a fire.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!"
Last edited by E40FDNYL35; 12-24-2005 at 11:13 PM. Reason: lots of add ons...ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
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12-24-2005, 11:06 AM #2
- Join Date
- Mar 2002
- Loco madidus effercio in rutilus effercio.
Very well done!
But I gotta ask: Why do you put your boxers on your laptop? Is it out of dress?If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)
"I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD
"Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)
Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!
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12-24-2005, 02:04 PM #3
- Join Date
- Oct 2003
T'was the night before Christmas
With a little rain shower
The Engine was home
And so was the Tower
The firemen were nestled
All snug in their beds
While visions of Kelly Days
Danced in their heads
The ambulance backed in
With a wet slushy slap
When they got sent out again
Muttering "On Christmas? What Crap!"
And with the smell of exhaust
Covering up other smells
The peaceful night was shattered
By the ringing of bells
All dreaming was stopped then
Boy, did that ever suck
As the Alarm Office called
For that Engine and Truck
From the warm comfy spots
Where ten men had been bedded
Now the rigs left out screaming
Not knowing where they were headed
For it was not a fire
But an odd Special Duty
"Extrication from Chimney"
Caused by too big a booty
Seems Santa had misjudged
And by some awful luck
Had not done his homework,
And was now tightly stuck.
He was unable to get out
As they could see with their eyes
And so up came some tools
And the bucket did rise
So they pried and they sweated
To get Santa loose
To free his posterior
From that little brick noose
And as the last brick came free
Santa gave a little nod
"Thanks for getting me out, boys"
"You can hold up that Squad"
12-24-2005, 02:36 PM #4
- Join Date
- Oct 1999
- Why? It's not like you're going to visit me! But I'm near Waco, Texas
Cherry Mristmas yo t'all!NREMT-P\ Reserve Volunteer Firefighter\Reserve Police Officer
Experts built the Titanic, amateurs built the Ark.
12-24-2005, 07:07 PM #5
- Join Date
- Jul 2004
- Virginia Beach Virginia
Merry Christmas to all FD Brothers & Sisters from VBFD Engine & Squad 10 C-Shift and Local 2924. Should the Bell ring as we all know it will STAY SAFE WE ALL GO HOME.
12-24-2005, 07:18 PM #6
- Join Date
- May 2002
- Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
Ray, you never disappoint!
A SAFE & MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!September 11th - Never Forget
I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.
IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
RAY WAS HERE FIRST
12-24-2005, 08:24 PM #7
- Join Date
- Jun 2002
- Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....
I think I'm laughing too hard to type.......MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE........Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
In memory of
Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006
IACOJ Budget Analyst
I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.
12-24-2005, 09:04 PM #8
That is a Forum classic...............very nicely done Ray .........ROFLMAO !!IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
Pardon me sir.. .....but I believe we are all over here !
ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS: Will the dead horse please report to the forums.(thanks Motown)
RAY WAS HERE 08/28/05
LETHA' FOREVA' ! 010607
I'm sorry, I haven't been paying much attention for the last 3 hours.....what were we discussing?
"but I guarentee you I will FF your arse off" from>
12-25-2005, 08:53 AM #9
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- Jun 2004
Merry Christmas and God Bless all of you.
12-25-2005, 10:38 AM #10
- Join Date
- Oct 2005
Lmao Eng 40 L35
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
FTM PTB RFB
12-25-2005, 11:20 AM #11
Ho Ho Ho
MERRY CHRISTMAS Ray and everyone else. I am hoping for a day full of sitting around, watching the Bears whip the Packers and eating. If you are working today like I am, have a nice quiet day without any of the tragedy that never seems to take a holiday.IAFF-IACOJ PROUD
12-25-2005, 02:31 PM #12
From the dispatch Centre, I wish all of you a very merry, and S L O W Christmas!AJ, MICP, FireMedic
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12-25-2005, 02:37 PM #13
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- Nov 2005
'Twas The Night Before Christmas,
He Lived All Alone,
In A One Bedroom House
Made Of Plaster And Stone.
I Had Come Down The Chimney
With Presents To Give,
And To See Just Who
In This Home Did Live.
I Looked All About,
A Strange Sight I Did See,
No Tinsel, No Presents,
Not Even A Tree.
No Stocking By Mantle,
Just Boots Filled With Sand,
On The Wall Hung Pictures
Of Far Distant Lands.
With Medals And Badges,
Awards Of All Kinds,
A Sober Thought
Came Through My Mind.
For This House Was Different,
It Was Dark And Dreary,
I Found The Home Of A Soldier,
Once I Could See Clearly.
The Soldier Lay Sleeping,
Curled Up On The Floor
In This One Bedroom Home.
The Face Was So Gentle,
The Room In Such Disorder,
Not How I Pictured
A United States Soldier.
Was This The Hero
Of Whom I'd Just Read?
Curled Up On A Poncho,
The Floor For A Bed?
I Realized The Families
That I Saw This Night,
Owed Their Lives To These Soldiers
Who Were Willing To Fight.
Soon Round The World,
The Children Would Play,
And Grownups Would Celebrate
A Bright Christmas Day.
They All Enjoyed Freedom
Each Month Of The Year,
Because Of The Soldiers,
Like The One Lying Here.
I Couldn't Help Wonder
How Many Lay Alone,
On A Cold Christmas Eve
In A Land Far From Home.
The Very Thought
Brought A Tear To My Eye,
I Dropped To My Knees
And Started To Cry.
The Soldier Awakened
And I Heard A Rough Voice,
"Santa Don't Cry,
This Life Is My Choice;
I Fight For Freedom,
I Don't Ask For More,
My Life Is My God,
My Country, My Corps."
The Soldier Rolled Over
And Drifted To Sleep,
I Couldn't Control It,
I Continued To Weep.
I Kept Watch For Hours,
So Silent And Still
And We Both Shivered
From The Cold Night's Chill.
I Didn't Want To Leave
On That Cold, Dark, Night,
This Guardian Of Honor
So Willing To Fight.
Then The Soldier Rolled Over,
With A Voice Soft And Pure,
Whispered, "Carry On Santa,
It's Christmas Day, All Is Secure."
One Look At My Watch,
And I Knew He Was Right.
"Merry Christmas My Friend,
And To All A Good Night."
Air Force Army Marines Coast Guard Navy
A Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan wrote this poem.
Thanks to all of our public servants who do the job that many can't or won't do. Merry Christmas to All and Have a Happy and Save New Year.WAIT. WHAT?
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