Can You Legalize a Santa Poem? You Bet!

Dec 22, 2023 | Allen A. Ritchie | 0 comments

Allen's Answers - Can you legalize a Santa Poem?


I like to laugh. It is just the ho, ho, ho of the season that gives me great joy. And it seems other lawyers think the same.

One of my favorite seasonal favorites is reading the legalized version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. 

First, a section of the original – which is really called A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore. I am sure you will recognize it.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

Now, here is how a lawyer would write it. According to a Wall Street Journal article, no one knows the original author.

Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a certain improved piece of real property (hereinafter “the House”) a general lack of stirring by all creatures therein, including, but not limited to a mouse. A variety of foot apparel, e.g., stocking, socks, etc., had been affixed by and around the chimney in said House in the hope and/or belief that St. Nick a/k/a/ St. Nicholas a/k/a/ Santa Claus (hereinafter “Claus”) would arrive at sometime thereafter.

It sure sounds like the lawyers I know. If you want to read more click here.

Now, one of my other favorites. Lawyer David J. Pigott is the author.

Twas the night before Christmas, when the elves thought it’d be cute

To hit dear old Santa with a labor dispute.

It seems old Saint Nick had a duty of care,

And the elves all agreed their pay was unfair.

Santa’s lawyers were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of slip-and-falls danced in their heads.

I especially like that last line. If you want to read the whole poem, you will find it by clicking here.

I hope you have a joyous Christmas. Be safe, and to all a good night.

By the way, here is the original Wall Street Journal article – https://www.wsj.com/articles/BL-LB-50194

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Allen Ritchie

Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer