A Visit from St. Nick, Arizona Style

'Tis the night before Christmas and the desert is still.
The moon on the cactus refl ects winter’s chill.
The children are nestled (I’ve heard that before).
I’ll bet they’re just waiting for goodies galore!
Mom’s in her kerchief (and not a thing more)
And I’m in my cap (but I don’t know what for).
If we just had a lawn we might hear the clatter,
But we’ve got desert landscape. Is that what’s the matter?
Is that why no driver, no miniature sleigh?
Does Santa fear thorns will get in his way?
Or maybe because there’s no new fallen snow,
The eight tiny reindeer won’t land here below?
More rapid than eagles, his coursers do fl y,
But is there a chance that they fl ew right on by?
And then in a twinkle I heard in the back,
The prancing and pawing—the drop of a pack.
Away to the window I fl ew like a fl ash.
I got there in time to see a huge splash!
Right there by my pool was a belt and a boot
And a big pile of clothes all tarnished with soot!
The bundle of toys all spilled from the pack,
And he looked like a whale—afl oat on his back.
His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry.
He had not a stitch on his round little belly.
It shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
A wink of my eye and a nod of my head
Soon gave him to know he had nothing to dread.
It made very good sense to a nudist like me,
That this man from North Pole could be happy and free
To shed all his clothes and swim a few laps,
While most of his clients took long winter naps.
I tossed him a towel and he spoke not a word –
Just gave me a nod and gathered his herd.
He sprang to his sleigh, to the team gave a whistle,
And away they all fl ew like the down on a thistle.
You may not believe me, but I swear that it’s true
That he called back to me as he fl ew out of view.
He said he’d be back when his travels were done,
To join up with AANR and to soak up some sun!
I could not quite hear him as he drove out of sight.
Did he say "Merry Christmas—and to all a good night?"

Taken from the AANR Monthly Bulletin, "Across the Board" brings information and thoughts from the Governing Board of AANR to you. The Board values your membership and wants to make sure that it is doing what is right for the members and clubs. The first step is good two-way communication.