Happy Christmas to all our colleagues and clients (past, present and future). All the best for a safe holiday season and a healthy and Happy New Year.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Our home had no chimney, it was really quite small, but we had a nice garden and quite a wide hall.

We had set up a tree in our open plan living and left cookies and milk for the man who was giving.

The front door was open, just one little bit and we waited for Santa to see if he’d fit.

We first heard him call “Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

And soon, in a twinkling, we heard on the roof, the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As we crouched at the back of our leatherette lounge, through the door, down the hall Santa came with a bound.

His eyes how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He came bearing gifts one for each of the tenants, but tragedy struck and we all must do penance.

For Simon had left in the midst of the hall, a dusty and rather dull old cricket ball.

Which poor Santa slipped on, he fell down quite hard, and broke his left wrist and must now wear a guard.

He couldn’t continue, the sleigh took him back, no presents for anyone from his red velvet sack.

But fear not for Santa, this tale ends quite well, for Tom Goudkamp was visiting and heard Santa’s yell.

Tom gave him advice to seek fair compensation for the pain and the suffering of the world’s population

Caused by Simon’s clear breach of his duty of care to ensure that the floor was clean, safe and bare.

May you all have a holiday that is merry and bright and as Santa would say … Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore for butchering his beautiful famous poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” published for the first time on December 23, 1823

Written by Belinda Cassidy

Belinda Cassidy holds the position of Special Counsel at Stacks Goudkamp. She had previously held the position of Principal Claims Assessor at the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) for 18 years, and currently holds an appointment as a Claims Assessor under the Motor Accidents Compensation Act.