'Twas the night before Christmas and no one was fooled,

The cars were all perfect, shining at Gould.

Dad fell down while trying for stealth,

Thank goodness for good care at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health.

Folks were still buzzing from a great Party Night

Creek's diamonds were dazzling, a bright shiny light.

The banks all helped shoppers with reasonable fees

Thanks to Tri County, Fountain Trust & HHSB.

The cars were a sellin' at Horner and York

Remember to shop local or you'll be a dork!

Pencils were sharpened, they're Ticonderoga,

At Kenny Vice Ford down in Ladoga.

Looking to eat, there's plenty to share,

From Creekside to Arni's it's excellent faire!

The steel was glimmering out at Nucor

And Zahn's has the corner on anything floor.

Greg Morrison is selling houses all kind

And J. Monte Thompson is insuring them fine.

There's Haybush Mechanical and Haley's Lock & Key,

And Morgan's got glass and all the paint you can see.

If you need tires, then Surb's is a good bet

Or visit New Ross Grain for a comfortable set.

And now it's Christmas Eve as we look to the sky

Oh where is the fat man all bundled and spry?

On Beltone, on Blue, on Williamsburg not stodgy

On Ivy Tech on Toner Tek and C'ville Audiology.

There's Sen. Boots and a lot of lawyers at Kirtley,

And Schueck Steel and Mr. Maxwell and Tipmont REMC.

We can't forget American Rentals

Or Davis Materials, a fine bunch of fellows.

We trust our loves ones to friends at Hunt & Son

They make it much easier when everything's done.

Terresa is great and Travis Cornett has Comfort

While Jeff Neal fixes car bodies and removes all the dirt.

On our way out we stop off at Pomp's

Or go by Athena for fitness and a romp.

Looking for fuel and places to pass

Then hurry down south and a stop at Amerigas.

We're just about done there's only one little but

We can't forget our friends at Tanning of Hut.

The fat man yelled out from his annual caper

Merry Christmas Montgomery County, from your friends at The Paper.

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.