'Twas the night before Christmas and all of the lore,

The steel was a shimmering out at Nucor

New cars were waiting at Etter and York

And don't forget Horner's or you'll be a dork.

Trucks awaited a sales blitz-a-roga

At Kenny Vice Ford down in Ladoga

The nurses were working so hard at St. E.

While surgeons practiced their work on a knee.

Salt and road debris was stuck on some cars

So Gould and Neal buffed 'em like stars

Sales were outstanding at shops like Big R

And Creek's and Sears had 'em coming from afar.

From those who were hungry there was plenty of din,

So let's go to Little Mexico to Creekside or Pizza of Inn.

Later that night, we looked in the sky

And there was the fat man all bundled and spry

On Morgan, on Glass on Paint not stodgy

On Beltone, AmeriGas and C'ville Audiology.

On Tropical Tan, Superior Auto and MainSource

Let's hear it for Ivy Tech, Lane House and Fountain Trust of course

We can't forget Linda at Carpenter Realty and wait there's more

Workforce, Houston Homes, ReMax and Mom & Pop's Party Store.

And Coal Creek winery going toward W-Town,

Edward's, Ace, Haybush on down.

There's Verizon and Tanning Hut and Wright Implement too

We'd cry if we missed Allen's and Jackson Hewitt's boo hoo.

It's nice to shop here and don't you forget

That The Paper is true local it's all you should get.

As the fat man rode off I heard him exclaim

Merry Christmas Montgomery County, you're the best I can name!

Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears most Tuesdays in The Paper. Timmons is the publisher of The Paper and can be contacted at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.