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It's the week before Christmas and all through the LM not a commander was stirring, not even Cernan. The samples were stowed in their places with care, in hopes that with you, they soon will be there. And Gene in his hammock and I in my cap, had just settled our brains for a short lunar nap. But up on the comm loop there rose such a clatter, I sprang from my hammock, to see what was the matter. The Sun on the breast of the surface below, gave the luster of objects, as if in snow. And what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature Rover and eight tiny reindeer. And a little old driver so lively and quick, I knew in a moment, it must be St. Nick. I heard him exclaim as over the hills he did speed. Merry Christmas to all and to you all Godspeed.

-- from the Apollo 17 Lunar Mission transcripts, Christmas cheer from Earth to the astronauts Schmitt and Cernan on the lunar surface.

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