‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by Canadians with care,
In hopes that Rob Carrick (err, St. Nicholas) soon would be there.
As Canadian Capitalist’s children nestled into their beds,
Visions of ETFs danced in their heads.
With mamma in her ‘kerchief and Big Cajun Man in his cap,
They just closed their blog for a brief winter’s nap.
When over on Moneyville there arose such a clatter,
Boomer & Echo jumped up, geez, what’s the matter?
Away to the window the bloggers quickly dashed,
They tore open the shutter and they threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre to stocks only Susan Brunner would know.
When what to wondering eyes should appear,
But stocks were on sale along with eight tiny reindeer!
With a little old driver, looking so lively and quick,
Preet Banerjee knew it must be St. Nick.
More punishing than taxes Michael James would exclaim,
Dan Bortolotti agreed, so they shouted by name:
“Now TFSA! Now RRSP! On Prancer and Vixen!
Great registered accounts, so get saving – Donner and Blitzen!
To the highest mutual fund fees, please avoid them all,
Andrew Hallam says so, and yells: that includes covered calls!”
As debt-loads for Canadians reach into the sky,
Our Bank of Canada Governor has solutions ready to fly.
So up to the house-top, the coursers they flew,
The bloggers brought some toys and St. Nicholas did too!
And then we all heard up on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As Retire Happy and SPF listened, their heads turned around,
Down the chimney St. Nick came, with a loud crashing bound!
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
His clothes were tarnished like ashes and soot.
A bundle of options, St. Nick flung over his back,
Million Dollar Journey was not pleased when he opened that pack!
His eyes – how they twinkled! His emergency fund how merry,
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His savings account was full, very tidy, like a bow,
Something David Chilton would be proud of, something he writes about – don’t you know?
The stump of a pipe, he held it tightly in his teeth,
Like savings smoke flowed, encircling his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook like the markets when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
So the bloggers bought some shares in spite of themselves.
A wink of his eye, a look to Passive Income Earner instead,
Soon gave me to know, bear markets we don’t dread.
St. Nick spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
Filling stockings with bonds, fixed-income should always lurk.
And laying a finger, aside of his nose,
Beating The Index saw him, up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like a down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight.
Merry Christmas all bloggers, all readers and to all a good night!
Thanks to everyone who supported My Own Advisor in 2011.
I’ll be back in a few days. Until then – Happy Holidays!
I didn’t know personal finance bloggers were also very creative – that was timely and cool!
Thanks Steve. Heck ya, I’m creative! 🙂 I wish you a great 2012. I look forward to stopping by your site more in the New Year.
This is hilarious.
I hope you had a great Christmas.
Ha. Thanks Mike! I had fun writing this.
I had a good Christmas thanks. I hope you had the same. I look forward to following your site in another New Year!
Two words: Simply Awesome.
Thanks for including us and have a fantastic holiday!
Thanks very much SPF!
You’re most welcome for the inclusion. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I’m just grateful that you didn’t rhyme my name with Port-a-Potty.
Happy holidays to you and your family, Mark, and keep up the good work.
Hey Dan, I’ll save that rhyme for next year 🙂
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I look forward to what you have in store for 2012!
Like all of the truly valuable things in life, this poem is priceless. Thanks for the dose of Christmas cheer. All the best in 2012! 🙂
Thanks Balance Junkie! Glad you liked it!
I wish you and family all the best. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Chat lots on your blog in 2012 I’m sure!
That was absolutely awesome!!! Thank you so much for including me and I really really enjoyed reading your poem.
I love dashing and I should probably do more of it to lose some of the pounds gained from all the short bread and chocolates and biscotti I’ve been devouring lol.
Thank you for being such a great PF blogger friend and Merry Christmas and Happy new Year to you!
You’re most welcome, glad you liked the poem!
I look forward to reading your financial journey and musings on your site in 2012. Have a great holiday and New Year!!!
Thanks for being a great supporter of this site,
Great take on a great poem.
I Wish you a very Merry Christmas, much happiness, good health and prosperity in the New Year.
Thanks Susan! A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well! Chat more in 2012!
Thanks for the link.
I wish you all the best in 2012. Hope to see you in Ottawa again soon.
Creative it is, a little disconcerting, but creative none the less.
Joyeux Noel! Merry Christmas! and a Happy New Year!
It wasn’t that bad, was is?
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family BCM!
An A for creativity 🙂
Merry Christmas Mark, enjoy the holidays!
A very Happy Holidays to you and family! Chat lots in 2012.
Very cool Mark, have a Merry Christmas.
Thanks! A very Merry Christmas to you! I look forward to stopping by your site and interacting with you lots in 2012.
I think I’ll read this to my daughter on Saturday night 😉
Merry Christmas, Mark. All the best to you and your wife in 2012.
Please do! 🙂
Back at ya. All the best to you and family this holiday season. Best wishes for 2012, I look forward to chatting with you lots.
Very creative, Mark — I really liked this 🙂
A very Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. 🙂
Thanks very much Kevin! I’m glad you liked it. A very Happy Holidays to you and yours! Have a great 2012. We’ll be in touch 🙂
Very creative!! What an awesome post!
Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🙂
Have a great Christmas yourself and all the best for 2012. Let’s stay in touch often!
100% Awesome post MOA! Now that’s what I call a high-quality back link! Thanx a bunch 🙂 And best wishes to you and yours over the holiday season!
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! I wish you all the best for 2012.
Awesome creativity there. That was saweet!!
Thanks for the shout-out and I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. It’s great to be a part of a great group of bloggers that are out there spreading the good word.
Best wishes and thanks for a great 2011!
Well thanks. I tried 🙂
A very happy holidays to you! Best wishes and chat more in 2012!