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The Night Before Christmas.... Traditional Cache

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Hidden : 12/08/2002
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Geocache Description:

[Nederlands] Speciale tijdelijke kerstcache jaarlijks actief tijdens de feestmaand december.

[English] Special temporary Christmas cache active annually during the Holiday Season.

[Nederlands] Het is weer zover! Vanaf 4 december 2005 is "The Night Before Christmas" cache weer actief! Vanaf die datum ligt de cache tot 1 januari 2006 op bovenstaande coördinaten. Daarna zal hij weer "temporarily unavailable" worden gemaakt tot volgend jaar december.

De cache is goed gevuld met allerlei kerstgoodies. De cache bevat ook het felbegeerde "The Night Before Christmas" cache certificaat. Je mag alleen iets uit de cache meenemen als je het ruilt voor iets dat met Kerstmis te maken heeft. Per team mag je één goodie en één certificaat meenemen. Zoals ieder jaar hebben we weer geprobeerd te zorgen voor een leuke nieuwe inhoud. Ook zitten er nog goodies in van bezoekers van vorig jaar. Zorg er s.v.p. voor dat de inhoud van hoge kwaliteit blijft! Laat iets leuks of moois achter voor je medecachers, het is tenslotte Kerstmis! Voor 'n euro kun je al iets leuks kopen.

De cache ligt verborgen in Polder de Biesbosch vlakbij Dordrecht. Parkeer je auto op N 51º 45.674' E 004º 41.595'. Vanaf daar is het een niet al te lange, relaxte winterwandeling naar de cache. Let tijdens de wandeling op het rijke vogelleven. In het gebied zie je veel eenden, ganzen, zwanen, reigers, aalscholvers, meerkoeten en fuuten en de lucht is vaak gevuld met al hun geluiden. Er zijn ook veel kleine vogeltjes te zien zoals bijvoorbeeld het roodborstje. In het gebied leven ook reeën en hazen. Loop via N 51º 45.545' E 004º 41.191' en N 51º 45.625' E 004º 41.446' voor de mooiste route.

In "Paviljoen de Viersprong" vlakbij de parkeerpaats kun je na de tocht genieten van een heerlijke warme chocolademelk of glühwein in een gezellige kerstsfeer. Als er ijs ligt is het ook een ideale plek om te schaatsen.
In het zelfde gebied ligt ook "De Viersprong" cache. Deze multi-cache is eventueel goed te combineren met "The Night before Christmas" cache.

Op 16, 17 en 18 december 2005 wordt in het historisch centrum van Dordrecht weer de gezelligste en grootste kerstmarkt van Nederland gehouden. Een bezoekje aan deze kerstmarkt kunnen wij zeer zeker aanraden. Meer informatie op

Veel geluk en Happy Caching!

Voor meer informatie en het laatste nieuws omtrent deze cache, kijk op Johny Cache's Geocaching Page.

[English] It's that time of year again! As of December 4th, 2005 "The Night Before Christmas" cache will be active again! From that date the cache can be found on the above mentioned coordinates until January 1st, 2006. Then it will be made "temporarily unavailable" again until next year's Holiday Season.

The cache is filled with all kinds of Christmas and Holiday Season related items. The cache also contains "The Night Before Christmas" cache certificate. If you take something from the cache, you'll have to trade it for another Christmas or Holiday Season related item. You can take one item and one certificate per team. As every year we again tried to fill the cache with a new high quality content. The cache also contains some goodies that were left by visitors of last year. Please try to keep up the high quality of the content. Leave something nice for your fellow geocachers, after all, it is Christmas! You can buy something nice for as little as a euro.

The cache is hidden in Polder de Biesbosch near the town of Dordrecht. Park your car at N 51º 45.674' E 004º 41.595'. From there it's a relaxed winter walk to the cache. Pay attention to the rich birdlife in the area. There are lots of ducks, geese, swans, grey herons, cormorants, coots, and great crested grebes, and the air often is filled with their sounds. There are also a lot of small birds like the robin. The area also hosts animals like hare and roedeer. If you walk via N 51º 45.545' E 004º 41.191' and N 51º 45.625' E 004º 41.446' you'll walk the most scenic route.

At "Paviljoen de Viersprong" near the parking place you can get a nice hot chocolate or a glühwein in a wonderful christmas ambiance. If there's ice it's also a great spot for skating.
Another cache called "De Viersprong" is hidden in the same area. You might also want to visit this one.

On 16, 17, and 18 december 2005 in the historical towncenter of Dordrecht again the biggest and most popular christmas fair in the Netherlands will be held. A visit to this fair is highly recommended. More information:

Good luck and Happy Caching!

For more information and the latest news on this cache, take a look at Johny Cache's Geocaching Page!


by Clement Clarke Moore

was the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

way to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively 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!"

s 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 roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

e was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

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 of his chin was as white as the snow;

he 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 bowlful 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;

e 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 good-night."

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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