It's that time again

Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

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My annual post:



'Twas The Night before......


'Twas the night before Christmas,
And all thru the shop,
All projects were finished ,
The work had been stopped.

The fire was cracklin',
In my warm, cozy house,
So I sat in my chair,
With a glass full of Grouse.

When all of a sudden,
There rose such a racket,
I slipped on my boots,
And grabbed my work jacket.

It could have been vandals.
Or perhaps a collapsed shelf.
But he last thing I expected,
Was a jolly old elf.

I stared at the old gent,
But he paid me no mind.
He lit off the forge,
And stuck in some iron.

It took a second to dawn,
And then the light went on in my head,
Santa was busy,
Fixing his sled.

He had clipped someone's chimney,
And broken a runner,
And with his sled out of commission,
Christmas was a goner.

We knew what to do,
Neither one said a word,
I grabbed a sledge hammer,
- He'd hit soft, I'd hit hard.

We drew out the skid,
Straight as a rail,
And just like Tai Goo,
Gave the end a twist and a curl.

We bolted it on ,
To his ancient old sleigh,
And he climbed up on top,
And was quick on his way.

With a yell and a whistle,
And a snap of the reigns,
All the deer stood at ready,
As he called them by name.

Then I heard him exclaim ,
As he flew out of sight,
"Thanks a lot for the help.
You sure saved my night.".

I went inside and poured,
A single malt - neat,
Sat down by the fire,
And drifted to sleep.

In the morning I awoke,
The bottle was empty,
And I remembered the dream,
Boy, I must have drank plenty!

As I went out to the shop,
I surely was thinking,
If I have another dream like that one,
I would just give up drinking.

When what to my wondering eyes do I see,
But a bottle of Balvenie, and a new KMG.

Seems the old guy had come back,
After making his rounds,
But he didn't want to disturb me,
My sleep was so sound.

He poured himself a glass,
and left me those gifts.
And that's why I still,
Believe in St. Nick.


Merry Christmas to all of my friends in Shop Talk.
 

Steven65

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Beautifully said...........Merry Christmas to you and your family.:)
 

JTknives

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Been looking forward to this tradition.
 

Busto

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Merry Christmas to All...
 

A.McPherson

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Merry Christmas everybody! I hope you all get at least one present that helps in the shop! I got a pair of knife tongs!!!

Stay safe out there!
 

scott kozub

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One of Larins shop elves slipped a certain book I've been wanting into Santa's sleigh. I'm looking forward to geeking out.
 
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I'm late for Christmas greetings, but I can anticipate a Happy New Year. With the hope of meeting again at the shows and drink a beer together!
 
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