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Ecstatic yuletides to the planetary constituance!

Daistallia 2104
23-12-2004, 15:18
Ecstatic yuletides to the planetary constituance!

'Twas the nocturnal segment of the diurnal period preceding the
annual yuletide celebration, and throughout our domicile, kinetic
activity was not in evidence among the possessors of this potential,
including that species of domestic rodent known as mus musculus. Hosiery
was meticulously suspended from the forward edge of the wood-burning
warming apparatus, pursuant to our anticipatory pleasure regarding an
imminent visitation from an eccentric philanthropist who goes by many
honorific folkloric appellations.

The prepubescent siblings, comfortably ensconced in their respective
accommodations of repose, were experiencing subconscious visual
hallucinations of variegated fruit confections moving rhythmically
through their cerebra. My conjugal partner and I, attired in our
nocturnal cranial coverings, were about to take slumberous advantage of
the hibernal darkness when upon the avenaceous exterior portion of the
grounds there ascended such a cacophony of dissonance that I felt
compelled to arise with alacrity from my own place of repose for the
purpose of ascertaining the precise source thereof.

Hastening to the casement, I forthwith opened the barriers sealing
the fenestration, noting thereupon that the lunar brilliance without,
reflected as it was on the surface of a recent crystalline climactic
precipitation, might be said to rival that of the solar meridian itself,
thus permitting my incredulous optical sensor to peruse a minuscule
airborne runnered conveyance drawn by an octet of diminutive specimens
of the genus rangifer, piloted by an aged chauffeur so ebullient and
nimble that it became instantly apparent to me that he was indeed our
anticipated visitor. With his undulate motive power traveling at what
might possibly have been more vertiginous velocity than patriotic, alar
predators, he vociferated loudly, expelled breath musically through
contracted labia, and addressed each of the octet by his or her
respective cognomen, guiding them to the uppermost exterior level of our
abode, through which structure I could readily distinguish the
concatenations of each of the 32 cloven pedal extremities.

As I retracted my cranium from its erstwhile location, and was
performing a 180 degree pivot, our distinguished visitant achieved --
with utmost celerity and via a downward leap -- entry to the
aforementioned domicile by way of the smoke channel. He was clad
entirely in animal pelts soiled by the ebon residue from the oxidations
of carboniferous fuels which had accumulated on the walls of such
channels. His resemblance to a street vendor I attributed largely to the
plethora of assorted playthings which he bore dorsally in a commodious
cloth receptacle.

His orbs were scintillant with reflected luminosity, while his
submaxillary dermal indentations gave every evidence of engaging
amiability. The capillaries of his molar regions and nasal aptenance
were engorged with blood which suffused the subcutaneous layers, the
former approximating the coloration of Albion's floral emblem, the
latter that of the prunus avium. His amusing sub- and supralabials
resembled nothing so much as a common loop knot, and their ambient
hirsute facial adornment appeared like small, tabular and columnar
crystals of frozen dihydrogen oxide.

Clenched firmly between his incisors was a smokingpiece, whose gray
fumes, forming a tenuous ellipse about his occiput, were suggestive of a
decorative seasonal circlet of ilex leaves. His visage was wider than it
was high, and when he waxed audibly mirthful, his corpulent abdominal
region undulated in the manner of impectinated fruit syrup in a
hemispherical container.

Without utterance and with dispatch, he commenced filling the
aforementioned hosiery with articles of merchandise extracted from his
aforementioned previously dorsally transported cloth receptacle. Upon
completion of this task, he executed an abrupt about-face, placed a
single manual digit in lateral juxtaposition to his olfactory organ,
inclined his cranium forward in a gesture of leave-taking, and forthwith
affected his egress by renegotiating the smoke channel. He then
propelled himself in a short vector onto his conveyance, directed a
musical expulsion of air through his contracted oral sphincter to the
antlered quadrupeds of burden, and proceeded to soar aloft in a movement
hitherto observable chiefly among the seed-bearing portions of a common
weed. But I overheard his parting exclamation, audible immediately prior
to his vehiculation beyond the limits of visibility: "Ecstatic yuletides
to the planetary constituance, and to that self-same assemblage my
sincerest wishes for a salubriously beneficial and gratifyingly
pleasurable period between sunset and dawn!"