‘Tis two days before Christmas

From Art Cashin of UBS:

‘Tis two 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 kept on printing
yet few jobs did appear

But it’s time to move on
so they’ll taper next year

Boston won the World Series Baltimore took the Bowl

But Tiger still struggles
to get the ball in the hole

From Bitcoins to Binge-viewing brand new things did occur

And the Prez took a selfie
that caused quite a stir

There was a government shutdown most folks called it a sham

And to slow down the Senate
a guy read “Green Eggs and Ham”

In Cleveland three women finally freed of their fears

Held captive by a mad man for nearly ten years

The Pope said he resigned
an occurrence quite rare

A new Pope named Francis new sits in that chair

Back tried Spitzer and Weiner 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 tomorrow 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 over
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

Tuesday, as the bell rings
hark to your heart’s call

And as Santa would shout Merry Christmas to All!

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