And Away They All Flew

Perhaps two decades ago when my daughter was but a child, I was driving through the country when a warm summer wind unleashed a mesmerizing shower of thistle upon us.  Reminded of a line from the classic  children’s poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, I quickly pulled to the side of the road and we sprang from our seats  and tried to catch the wind-blown thistle seed.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863) wrote the poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in 1822. It is now the tradition in many American families to read the poem every Christmas Eve. The poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ has redefined our image of Christmas and Santa Claus. Prior to the creation of the story of ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, had never been associated with a sleigh or reindeer!   


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6 thoughts on “And Away They All Flew

  1. It’s amazing really that the seeds are so soft while the plants are so prickly! I only have experience of large quantities of dandelion seeds….. it’s magical watching them – so long as they are not too near your own garden!

  2. I wish some would blow my way. The lawn guy did away with a nice patch we had by our garden, thinking thistle was a weed. He is not grasping the difference between wildflowers and regular weeds. I am teaching him a bit about feng shui, though.

  3. Those are some nice views of thistle down: so much fun to play with, photographically and in reality.

    Coincidence: when I was in New York City last week I walked past Clement Clark Moore Park at W. 22 St. and 10 Ave. The writer had lived in that area, which is known as Chelsea.

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