Twas the Night Before Winter Break

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on 12/14/2023

 

'Twas the night before Christmas in Wichita's embrace,

Where the Arkansas River flows with gentle grace.

The stockings were hung in the classrooms with care,

In hopes that St. Nick soon would be there.

 

The children of ICT were nestled in beds,

Visions of the Keeper danced in their heads.

And I in my Wildcat cap, and ma in her Shocker gear,

Had just settled our minds, spreading holiday cheer.

 

When out on the street, there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window, I flew with a flash,

Tore open the shutters, threw up the sash.

 

The moon on the Keeper's flame made it gleam,

Gave a luster of midday to the river's stream.

Then what to my wondering eyes did appear,

But a miniature sleigh and eight reindeer near.

 

With a jolly old driver, lively and quick,

I knew in a moment, it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than Shockers, his coursers they came,

And he whistled and shouted, called them by name:

 

"Now, Benton! now, Beech! Now, Adams and White!

On, Irving! on, Enders! on, Wichita's delight!

To the top of AMAC! To the top of Dunbar

Now dash away, dash away, dash away far!"

 

Like planes on their runways, before taking flight,

Up to the housetops, they soared with delight.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

 

Down the chimney, St. Nicholas came with a bound,

He was dressed in WPS pride, all around.

A bundle of joy he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a tour guide, unpacking his pack.

 

His eyes, how they twinkled! His laugh, oh so merry!

His cheeks were like sunflowers, his nose like a cherry!

His smile was as wide as the Arkansas River's flow,

And his beard was as white as the Kansas snow.

 

He filled all the stockings with goodies and fun,

Then sprang to his sleigh when his work was done.

With a tip of his hat and a nod to the city,

He bid Wichita, "Happy Christmas, oh so pretty!"

 

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a cheer,

And away they all flew, spreading joy and good cheer.

But I heard him exclaim as they flew out of sight,

"Happy Holidays WPS, and to all a good night!"