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We have a special treat for you in this
issue—it’s the innkeeper version of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas.”
Yelton Manor at Christmas.
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Night Before Christmas....
Adapted by Elaine Herbert,
Yelton Manor B&B, South Haven, Michigan, with apologies to Clement Clark
Twas the night before
Christmas and all through the inn,
Not a guest was registered,
you could hear a dropped pin.
Two lousy days off in a
It was my full intention to
hold this day dear.
I stretched and I yawned as
I tuned to the quiet,
Of no need to cater to some
fat lady's diet.
I booted the 'puter to
check what would matter,
At B&B dot.com or the PAII
There I was in my snuggies
and old Manor cap,
With no need for food prep
or pre-check-in nap.
At ease at the keyboard my
fingers did fly,
To see if friends of the
inn-biz stopped by.
Though the wind did howl,
piling lake-effect snow,
A wondrous site loomed in
the 'puter screen's glow.
When what to my wondering
eyes should appear,
But a java-streamed sleigh
pulled by red-nosed reindeer.
With a red-robed driver so
perky and quick,
I knew in a moment…it was
He was rosy and happy and
And clearly no threat for
the Atkins diet.
He wore a stained old apron
and his hair was askew,
But he whirled through the
kitchen and knew what to do.
He could juggle all tasks
from the least to the most,
As he mixed up the muffins
and slid in the toast.
His right hand cracked
eggs, and his left hand set table.
And I gasped as I marveled
at what he was able.
He never complained as he
He looked happy and
blissful as the coffee was perked.
On phone, on plunger,
computer, front door,
On vacuum, on laundry, on
clean kitchen floor,
On blankets, on robes, TP
tucked and sealed,
On bacon, on Splenda, on
He made reservations, he
handed out maps,
He won all his chargebacks,
he checked Super-Statz.
More rapid than eagles his
hands did the chores,
While making small talk
with insufferable bores.
And just as I wondered and
doubted my eyes,
And considered this all rum
and eggnog lies,
I spied on his belt a
And I knew he was truly a
But whoosh, in only one simple mouse click,
the reindeer with my Innkeeper Nick.
flew off the screen he said to me plain:
Merry Christmas to innkeeps…
And to all the insane!
Elaine Herbert, Yelton
Manor B&B, South Haven, Michigan
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