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Twas the Night before Christmas

Christmas tree Ridgewood NJ


photo by Boyd Loving

Twas the Night before Christmas 

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Clement Clarke Moore (1799 – 1863) came from a prominent family and his father Benjamin Moore was the Bishop of New York who was famous for officiating at the inauguration of George Washington. The tradition of reading Twas the night before Christmas poem on Christmas Eve is now a Worldwide institution and tradition.

Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863) wrote the poem Twas the night before Christmas also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in 1822. It is now the tradition in many American families to read the poem every Christmas Eve.

The poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ has redefined our image of Christmas and Santa Claus. Prior to the creation of the story of ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, had never been associated with a sleigh or reindeers!

Clement Moore, the author of the poem Twas the night before Christmas, was a reticent man and it is believed that a family friend, Miss H. Butler, sent a copy of the poem to the New York Sentinel who published the poem. The condition of publication was that the author of Twas the night before Christmas was to remain anonymous. The first publication date was 23rd December 1823 and it was an immediate success. It was not until 1844 that Clement Clarke Moore claimed ownership when the work was included in a book of his poetry.

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New Year-s Eve in Ridgewood- Who will be open??

Happy New Year

New Year-s Eve in Ridgewood- Who will be open??

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, according to the Ridgewood Chamber of commerce the restaurants that will be open for New Year’s Eve.

Please call the restaurant ahead of time to check when the kitchen will be closing and to make a reservation. We apologize ahead of time if we missed anybody. Happy New Year!!

Finca- open until 10:00pm- Open Christmas Day as well from 12-8pm
Latour- open until 8pm
The Office- weekend hours open until 1:00am
Park West Tavern- open until 1:00am
Piccolo Bistro- open until 10pm
Raymond’s- open until 4:00pm
Roots- open until 11pm
Steel Wheel Tavern- dinner until 8pm
The Pearl- Reservations are 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00pm
Tito’s – open until 6:00pm
Truly Sichuan- open until 10pm
White Maple Café- open until 10pm

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Ridgewood NJ, All parking lots in the Central Business District, including the train station lot, will have free parkingon the following Saturdays:  December 15th, and 22nd.  This does not include the parking area by the Christmas tree (on thecorner of East Ridgewood Ave. and Broad Street) or the parking area to the right of the train station parking lot (in the area across from the storesand restaurants on Godwin Avenue).  Street meters will still be in effect.  Come shop, dine, and enjoy FREE parking in the Village duringthe holiday season.

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RIDGEWOOD-“FREE PARKING” in business district parking lots (only) on Dec., 1, 8, 15, 22


the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, GREAT NEWS…in the business district parking lots…FREE PARKING (in the lots only) on Dec., 1, 8, 15 and 22.

GREAT NEWS for you to come to shop and dine, see Santa in the Park, enjoy Ridgewood during the Holiday season…check out the shop window displays…who is the winner for best window display? Have hot chocolate, sweet treats, delicious lunch and enjoy dinner is some of the finest restaurants anywhere.
FREE PARKING, in the parking lots in the business district every Saturday in December.
At night check out the our 68ft Norway Spruce tree (almost as big as Rockefeller Center), the lite up village and moving trains
at Biltmore Tuxedo, the biggest ever Ginger Bread House at B. Witching, and much more…
check out the Merriement all through the town…FREE train rides for the kids…for more info 201-445-2600.

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Two-thirds of every dollar spent at a small biz stays in the community


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Ridgewood NJ, Shoppers across the U.S. are getting ready to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday, celebrated this year on November 24th, and their local economic impact could be significant. According to the new Small Business Economic Impact Study from American Express, an average two-thirds ($0.67) of every dollar spent at a small business stays in the local community.

The Ridgewood Guild will also be hosting it’s 9th Annual Winterfest! The fun starts at 12:00 noon .

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PJ Blogger and the staff of the Ridgewood blog Wish You a Very Happy ,Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving

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Reader says , “Meter rates will be too high, the majority of retail businesses in town will suffer “


Everyone should be focused on the rates required in the future to pay the debt service on the garage. Meter rates will be too high, the majority of retail businesses in town will suffer only a few nearby restaurants will benefit. A pending fiscal disaster, being backstopped by residents.
The 2-1 YES vote did not sufficiently outline the costs of the garage. The NO voters likely considered the costs. The majority of the YES voters thought it was “free”, of would be totally self sustaining.

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Carve that Pumpkin for Halloween



Carve that Pumpkin for Halloween

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Reader says The increased parking fees are to pay for the new garage, pure and simple

file photo by Boyd Loving

The increased parking fees are to pay for the new garage, pure and simple. No other explanation for them. The new parking garage is to cater to the new housing projects and restaurant owners who want the taxpayers to bail them out of their otherwise poor investments. Council never should have built the garage, shouldn’t raise our taxes and parking fees to do so and shouldn’t pander to the real estate interests.