‘Tis four days before Christmas

‘Tis four days before Christmas
By Art Cashin Prepared by UBS Financial Services Inc.


‘Tis four days before Christmas
and at each brokerage house
The only thing stirring
was the click of a mouse

Down on the Exchange
the tape inches along
Brokers bargained and traded
as they hummed an old song

The Fed struggled and twisted
but few jobs did appear
They’ll keep pushing that button
we’ll have QE all year

In sports it was Giants
from East Coast and West
Who stunned fans and detractors
to prove they were best

The Mayans once told us
this would be the last year
But they miscalculated
for it seems we’re still here

Lady Gaga bulked up
Honey Boo Boo appeared
Our public taste levels
may be worse than we feared

A cruise ship keeled over
in seas that were mild
There was also some good news
Princess Kate is with child

At the movie box office
Hunger Games was a smash
Lindsey can’t seem to help it
she’s still doing things rash

There was flooding and riots
they brought little to cheer
But it’s Christmastime, Alice
and Santa is near

So stop looking backwards
have a cup of good cheer
And kiss you a loved one
raise your hopes for next year

And amidst all the trading
Christmas themes we will heed
And share our good fortune
with families in need

And Monday they’ll pause
as we wait on the bell
To sing a tradition
a song for old “Nell”

Don’t let this year’s problems
impede Christmas Cheer
Resolve to be happy
throughout the New Year

And resist ye Grinch feelings
let joy never stop
Put the bad at the bottom
keep the good on the top

So count up your blessings
along with your worth
You’re still living here
in the best place on earth

And think ye of wonders
that light children’s eyes
And hope Santa will bring you
that Christmas surprise

So play ye a carol
by Mario Lanza
Unless you are waiting
to celebrate Kwanzaa

Hanukkah’s just ended
and Ramadan’s gone
Different folks, different holidays
yet each spirit lives on

Whatever your feast is
we hope you all still
Find yourself just surrounded
by folks of goodwill

Monday, as the bell rings
hark to your heart’s call
And as Santa would shout
Merry Christmas to All!


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