Who doesn't love a little festive story at this time of year? You don't need to wait for the book section on the Toy Show to know what makes for a good read, as we've got some truly talented wordsmiths here at AA HQ!
Get some tea or hot chocolate brewed, play some soothing Christmas music on the smart speaker, cosy up and enjoy the AA's re-telling of The Night Before Christmas, where we promise not to interrupt or interject at all:
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
Largely thanks to the property being covered by home membership
Which included pest infestation as standard
I know I promised, but sorry for interrupting! Oh, I didn't even make it rhyme. Apologies. Let's continue:
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;
Thankfully the plums in the freezer were still good
As AA Home Insurance covers frozen food
Sorry, I did it again! But I do think it is important to highlight that one of the benefits of AA Home Insurance is that it covers the cost of replacing food damaged in a domestic freezer. I promise I won't butt in again:
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,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
Now, if you did wake up in the middle of the night and noticed that contents in your garden were damaged or stolen, you wouldn't need to worry, as items in your garden are covered as standard when you have a policy with the AA. This also is included in holiday home insurance if you're staying in yours over Christmas. Sorry, I've lost where we were in the prom there. Let's crack on...
"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!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop 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.
And the sounds of the hoofs didn't cause bother
As AA home membership includes roof cover
Yes, I know that rhyming scheme was a bit of a stretch, but you don't want to stretch yourself to get the ladder out and see what's wrong with the roof or your drains if you notice rattling noises or signs of a leak. AA Home Membership has you covered for both, alongside window cover. This can come in handy if you're living somewhere where the wind tends to batter windows and doors around this time of year.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He 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 pedler just opening his pack.
And as he mistakenly stood on a git under the tree
I was safe knowing my gifts were covered for free
Jolly Old Saint Nick might be the one leaving presents under the tree, but he won't be looking after things if presents get damaged. AA contents insurance is automatically increased by 10% for both December and January to cover the cost of replacing Christmas Gifts if they are stolen or damaged (if you have an Owner Occupied policy). Ok, I've lost where I was, but we'll crack on…
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;
Obviously, incredibly dangerous for someone to be even thinking of attempting to rise up a chimney, which is why you'd want to check if your existing home insurance policy covers family personal accidents (if you're on an AA policy, you most likely will be)
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
Before we wrap up. We know that Santa has a lot of trips to make in the one night, but if you're travelling abroad this Christmas, add single-trip travel insurance to your list and check it twice. And now, to end on a high note…
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!"