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'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the place
Not a user was stirring, not even McMysteryface;
The threads were all hung, on the page near the top,
Three words at a time story, and one about a pepper crop;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While replies about Star Wars composed in their heads;
And mamma with her tablet, and I with my mac,
Had just settled down with a burrito for snack.

When out in the forum there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the table to see what was the matter.
Away to the keyboard I flew in a blink,
Tore open the browser and clicked on the link.

The monitor’s glow that spread out on my bed
Gave a magic and aww to a newly posted thread,
When, what to my wondering eyes should it be,
But a brand-new poll, created by MABBY,

With a little pun in the title, so lively with wit,
I knew in a moment it would be a hit.
More rapid than eagles the answers they came,
And the thumbs they got added, each one by name;

First, Rudy! now, Chapel! now, disom and thunkd!
Then, Wendell! with wysire! then, HiveGod and mrbeankc!
To the top of the forum! to the top of the thread!
Now click away! click away! click away all!

As old-threads from the past, down the page fall,
forgotten is the discussion about ‘Better Call Saul’,
So up at the top, the thread stays for a day,
Until another post on “What did you have on YOUR toast today.”

And then, in a twinkling, the thread falls away
When some spam from a bot has started a fray.
As I drew my mouse closer, and scrolled with my hand,
I came up with another possible name for a band.

I shut down my browser, and smiled at the scene,
Remembering how good Chit Chat was in 2017
And I said to myself, as the screen folded out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!
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