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Art Cashin's annual Christmas poem

Art Cashin
Adam Jeffery | CNBC
Art Cashin

'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 turned data dependent

or so they would claim

Yet they hiked in December

though the data looked tame

KC took the series

and the Pats grabbed the Bowl

While American Pharoah

had the Crown as his goal


Our girls took the World Cup

they were just over-joyed

And we found us a new star

who was named Carli Lloyd


Letterman, he retired

and he quick grew a beard

And so did Paul Ryan

I'm thinking that's weird


The Pope came to visit

and he drew quite a crowd

And hundreds of selfies

he even allowed


The Broadway play — "Hamilton"

as a show caused a flap

They've a sold out box office

with Founding Fathers who rap


Yet there's still Cosby and Kim K

they still don't bring us 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 long 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


Thursday, as the bell rings

hark to your heart's call

And as Santa would shout

Merry Christmas to All!


— By Art Cashin Prepared by UBS Financial Services.

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