In the spirit of the holidays: A gift of peace to all of our patient family
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land, Not a patient was stirring, no pills in their hand.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that relief soon would be there.
The patients were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of healing danced in their heads.
And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my 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 on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave a luster of midday to objects below.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a green leafy sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be Saint Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled and shouted and called them by name.
“Now, Sativa! now, Indica! now, Hybrid and Kush! On, Haze! on, Blue Dream! on, Sour Diesel and Gush!
To the top of the porch, 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 housetop, the coursers they flew, With a sleigh full of medicine, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof, The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney, St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in green, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of buds he had flung on his back, And he looked like a healer just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.
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 bowl full 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 sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Dr. Nicholas Marsh has been a respected board-certified anesthesiologist in Northern Virginia for over 35 years. Recognized as a top doctor by FindaTopDoc.com, his vision for providing top-quality medical services is driven by his passion for patient comfort and dignity.