ii Twere Christmas Eve ani mista-crept off the crick.Ani the coli winner drizzly wasa-comini down thick.iItis a winter night in the Ozarks, and while Maw and Paw are snoring in theirbeds, their son is waiting up with his dog, Arkansaw, to catch a glimpse ofSaint Nick.The second the portly man and his big pet raccooncross the threshold, there erupts such a commotion as the holler has never seen!Arkansaw takes exception to Santyis raccoon, and quicker than you can say iBysassafrack!i the whole place is busted up. But Santy saves the day with a fineham biscuit feast and sneaks a whole set of musical instruments into thestockings hung by the ifahrboard.i After a fine backwoods jig, Santy has to gitand floats into the night, saying, iHappy Christmas to all, eviry maw, paw, intyke!iAbout the AuthorAmanda McWilliams was born in Little Rock,Arkansas. She spent her childhood summers and holidays visiting her grandparentsin Little Rock and in Willow Springs, Missouri, where she fell in love with theOzarks. Ms. McWilliams holds a B.A. in anthropology and an M.A. in educationfrom Tulane University. She has served as program director and curator for NewOrleans-area museums and as a volunteer coordinator for the Girl Scouts. Ms.McWilliams lives in Mandeville, Louisiana, with her husband and son.McWilliams, Amanda is the author of 'Ozark Night Before Christmas', published 2004 under ISBN 9781589800564 and ISBN 1589800567.