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Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse; the stockings were hung by the chimney with care and filled with great items from Mitchell’s Jewelry, Maty’s Jewelry, Marie’s, Generations/Merle Norman, Southern Drawl, Pink Door, Bella Ragazza, Cobblestone Outfitters, Foster Creativity and Kopper Kettle.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of awesome gifts from Wal-Mart and Big Lots danced in their heads; and Mamma in her ‘kerchief, purchased at Bliss Boutique dreamt of a day at Element 5 Day Spa, while I, in my cap, dreamt of an ATV from Blue River Tractors, gator from United Ag & Turf, or a Kubota from Texoma Utility.
Then out on the lawn their arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed, purchased from Mackey Home Furnishings, to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash, which I picked up at Durant Lumber. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the luster of mid-day to objects below. When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a red Corvette from Stuteville, with a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, and he whistled and shouted and called them by name; when, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, being pulled by a truck from Red River Ford and another from Hoyte Dodge, with eight tiny reindeers following closely behind.
“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On Cupid! On Donner and Blitzen! I know that you expected a sleigh but due to the generosity of the Durant Lion’s Club Toys for Tots, I needed help from our Durant car dealerships. 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 met with an obstacle, mount to the sky, so up to the house-top the courses they flew, with the sleigh full of toys, clothes, and other items purchased from Durant retailers, 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 fur, from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot (Fashion Cleaners will take care of that); a bundle of toys he had flung on his back, and he looked like a peddler 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 of 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 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 with items from Green Spray and Pruett’s. Under the tree he placed computers from Computer Services, while a new bedroom suite from Rhynes and Rhodes was left for Mom. Then he 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. (He left the new trucks for me and junior, he came back after the Corvette). I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, “Shop Locally, With Your Durant Merchants, and Keep Your Money at Home.” #MyDurant
The Durant Area Chamber of Commerce thanks you for a successful 2018. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Janet Reed - Executive Director, Katie Quinn - Chamber Manager, Jennifer Brewer - Chamber Executive Assistant, Jennifer Taylor – Membership Services and the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. For information visit www.durantchamber.org, Facebook, and Twitter or our office at 215 N. Fourth Avenue, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday.