‘Twas just days before Christmas

‘Twas just days before Christmas and all through the ‘net
Bloggers were quiet, even the Graveyard Rabbit.
Some were snowed in, all covered in ice
With some frightful weather that’s really not nice.

Others were busy with presents and wrap,
While some settled in for a long winter’s nap.
But then Genea-Santa made it home from the mall
And with urgency put out a very frantic call.

“Oh genea-bloggers, can you help me so?
Someone has asked for their ancestors to know.
I’m used to toys, books, and games on the list,
My elves tried Ancestry.com and can’t get the gist.”

“Can you please help?” good Santa did ask,
“So I can complete this impossible task?”
Before Old St. Nick barely finished his post
The bloggers started to answer, from coast to coast.

First Sheri, then Jasia, and Terry from Monroe County,
Then Randy, then Lisa, and Thomas upped the bounty.
Many sources did footnoteMaven then cite,
while Donna and Becky joined in the plight.

Steve and Miriam and DearMyrtle too
Used Census and newspapers to find every last clue.
The charts were all filled and ready for Santa’s sack,
Combined we had traced twelve generations back!

Santa was impressed, the pedigree had nary a hole
“Can you help me find my folks from the North Pole?”
We said we’d try, maybe next year.
Our promise left him jolly and full of good cheer.

So he subscribed to our blogs, to join in our fun
And said he’d return when his hard work was done
Santa signed off, having found what he sought
“Merry Christmas to all, may your searching not be for naught!”

-with many apologies to and great appreciation of Mr. Clement Clarke Moore…(and apologies to the many genea-bloggers I left out for space and rhyming constraints!)


13 thoughts on “‘Twas just days before Christmas

  1. Donner, er I mean Donna,

    You is a poet, and I didn’t even know it!

    Is there anything you can’t do? I am so in awe of your talents, especially your writing. You have been an inspiration to me this past year.

    Don’t worry, I won’t set the bar any higher – I’m only 5 ft tall and that’s as far as I can reach!

    Have a very Merry Christmas

  2. In a precious spare moment I flew like a flash
    And opened my laptop for the latest cache
    Of e-mail and RSS-fed blog updates.
    I had been so busy they’d all had to wait.
    Now what to my wondering eyes should appear
    But a surprising gift to bloggers held dear.
    Written in the spirit of good Old Saint Nick:
    A tribute both humorous and poetic.
    Thanks, Donna, acting as jolly old elf.
    A Santa Claus story starring myself!
    Thanks for the moment of holiday glee.
    May your Christmas be peaceful and very merry!

    Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture
    Small-leaved Shamrock
    A light that shines again
    100 Years in America

  3. I second the emotion for our new “GeneaBloggers Poet Laureate”.

    Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!


  4. Thanks, everyone! I think I have competition for the Poet Laureate title if you read Lisa’s comment above!

    Merry Christmas to all!

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