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The Night before Christmas - Digital Style*

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Monday, December 23, 2019
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Twas the night before Christmas, when all thru the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even The Mouse
The track pad was silent, the touchpad so still
Computer screen empty with nothing to fill.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds
While vision of Kindles danced in their heads;
While I in my jammies and spouse in his shorts
Had just settled down to watch evening sports.

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

The L.E.D. lights from the pole on the street
Shown bright on the grass –the fake is so neat!
When what to my wondering eyes I am shown
A tiny red object that looked like a drone.

A small little driver-dressed down in jean clothes
Oh dear, can it be? It’s that crazy Bezos!
More rapid than nanos, his small drones they came
And he whistled, and shouted and called them by name:
Now Facebook, now Google, now I-Phone and Upgrade
On Bitmap, on Twitter, on Inkjet and JPEG
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all.

The story continues- technology beckons
The point of this tale—it’s now time to reckon
Consider a shut down from email and text
Be present this season. Forget all the rest.

Just look in the eyes of the people so dear-
No digital greetings to ones who are near.
I’ll see you next year as I vanish from sight
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

*With apologies to the two authors. Originally credited to Clement Clarke Moore (1822) and anonymously published on Dec 23, 1823 in the New York Sentinel. But according to University of Toronto English Library, in 2000 Don Foster concluded that it was probably written by Major Henry Livingston, Jr.

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