'Twas the night before Christmas, all was ready to go:St. Nick and his deer had a full sleigh in tow, When Nick slipped on ice and then tried to grab holdOf the brake, which popped back and just knocked him out cold! Mrs. Claus came out, running, as quick as a wink,To give poor aching Santa a soothing hot drink. "Sip slowly, my dear,"she quite anxiously said."Are you able to travel? Should I go instead?"Sue Carabine is the author of 'Night Before Christmas in North Carolina, The (Night Before Christmas (Gibbs))', published 2003 under ISBN 9781586852719 and ISBN 158685271X.