Home‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and We Asked ChatGPT for a Safer Poem
Dec 24, 2023
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We all know the beloved holiday poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” but we’ve noticed many potential safety issues going on in the Christmas classic. There’s the traditional breaking and entering (although Santa leaves you with more than you had before his visit), getting startled awake in the middle of the night, and climbing about on snowy rooftops. Plus, we could never forget about the whole chimney and fireplace situation.
In the spirit of the season, we wanted to give you a little holiday treat, so we decided to see if AI could add some safety callouts to the nostalgic verses. From our SafeWise family to yours, here’s how ChatGPT thinks a safer “Night Before Christmas” would go.
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‘Twas a safer night before Christmas
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house,Not a hazard was lurking, not even a mouse.Security cameras were mounted with care,In hopes that no intruders soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,While visions of safety danced in their heads.And mama with alarms, and I with a plan,Had just settled in for a safety scan.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.Away to the window, I flew like a flash,Activated the cameras, and checked the security stash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snowGave the luster of midday to objects below.When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
With a careful old driver, so cautious and quick,I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came,And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
“Now Dasher! now Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!On Comet! on Cupid! on Donder and Blitzen!To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.So up to the house-top, the coursers they flew,With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roofThe prancing and pawing of each little hoof.As I checked the security screens, and was turning around,Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in safety gear, from his head to his foot,And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.A bundle of security cameras he had flung on his back,And he looked like a safety inspector on a rooftop attack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath.He had a broad face and a little round belly,That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk.And laying his finger aside of his nose,And giving a nod, up the chimney, he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,”Happy Christmas to all, and to all a safe night!”
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Disclaimer: This article was assisted by automation technology. All content therein has been augmented, thoroughly edited, and fact-checked by our in-house editorial staff of human safety experts.
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