It Was The Night Before Christmas And All Through The House
by Bern Schwenn
Joe's Tavern has been sitting in the same location in Charlestown, Massachusetts, since 1775 and has been owned and managed by a succession of Joes. The current Joe, number 10, whose actual name is Mac, is serving customers on this Christmas eve. One, a frumpy old woman wearing a full-length red wool dress and carrying a muff has been muttering to herself about her husband and his job.