Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our readers

We've reimagined/ruined the poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas for event professionals.

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the venue,
Not a thing was misplaced, not even a menu,
The staging was set, by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The delegates were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of speakers danced in their heads,
And the event planners who’d finally called it a wrap,
Had just settled down for a well-deserved nap.

When outside the hotel there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each reindeer hoof.
As I ran to the ballroom, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of bags he had flung on his back,
They were stuffed full of delegate welcoming packs.

His eyes were so merry – they twinkled, and how,
It pained me to tell him we’re paperless now.
For a moment he stopped, had a think, and I heard,
"But the show must go on, do not be deterred!"

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath,
Being St Nick he’s got magical powers,
So he turned all the packs into bunches of flowers.

He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
A wink of his eye and one gentle clap,
And he’d only created a bespoke event app.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And arranged all the flowers; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

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!

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
How freelance event planners can steer clear of HMRC penalties

How freelance event planners can steer clear of HMRC penalties

Managing director of DSR Tax Claims, David Redfern, provides guidance to help freelancers avoid fines and penalties.

Two new hotels in Abu Dhabi for Radisson Blu

Two new hotels in Abu Dhabi for Radisson Blu

The Abu Dhabi Corniche has event space for up to 2,000, while the Al Ain features a garden area for al fresco social gatherings.

Flybe shares plummet as Virgin-led consortium beefs up takeover bid

Flybe shares plummet as Virgin-led consortium beefs up takeover bid

Flybe shares nosedive again as investors discover they will not be able to vote on the deal.

Measuring the ROI of fun

Measuring the ROI of fun

Elements which make your live events more immersive and fun need a clear ROI, according to an expert panel at the C&IT Corporate Forum.

Marketing budgets flatline as 'uncertainty bites', report reveals

Marketing budgets flatline as 'uncertainty bites', report reveals

Heightened business uncertainty has seen UK marketing budget growth stall, although events budgets have risen 2.6%.

Case study: Sir David Attenborough at Whitley Fund for Nature's Hope Gala

Case study: Sir David Attenborough at Whitley Fund for Nature's Hope Gala

The Natural History Museum was the venue for the special 25th anniversary event hosted by Kate Humble.

How to recruit new 'wildcard' speakers

How to recruit new 'wildcard' speakers

Education, training and speaker coaches are key to unearthing new talent, according to an expert panel at the C&IT Corporate Forum.

La Torre Golf & Spa Resort opens in Murcia

La Torre Golf & Spa Resort opens in Murcia

New 133-room DoubleTree hotel features lake-front views, a ballroom for 700 delegates and four restaurants.

Read the full State of the Industry: Corporate Report

Read the full State of the Industry: Corporate Report

C&IT subscribers can read our report for corporate event planners, including stats, trends and industry insights.

Agency boss reveals blueprint for rapid business growth

Agency boss reveals blueprint for rapid business growth

MD of WONDER London explains how his company has quickly grown from two to 40 people in six years, working with clients like Google.

LATEST JOBS