It’s the pre-Christmas production of Friday Fictioneers, ably steered by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and picture this week courtesy of Scott Vannatter.  The cute little link thing after my story will grant you access to flight of imagination of all sorts (AKA the rest of the stories.)  Feel free to post your own story and no matter what, have a blessed and happy Christmas/holiday.


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
(With thanks to Clement Clarke Moore for the original)

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Just one creature was stirring and it wasn’t a mouse.
The stockings were hung on the mantel with care
Just a jump-able distance away in the air.

The tree looked delightful, amazing to see,
The perfect playground for a Christmas kitty.
The family was snoozing away for the night.
Now was the time for some Christmas delight.

All of a sudden, there arose such a clatter
They rushed down to see the whole lot in tatters.
But in the kitchen, there was nothing to see
Save an innocent-looking, complacent kitty!

I struggled this week to not run amok and re-write the entire poem because I had some great lines that I couldn’t get in to this version. (May do it another time.) However, I ruthlessly channeled my inner Rich/Nazi English teacher (NOT saying that’s you, Rich, but I know you’ll give me a hard time about it anyway) and pared and re-pared until I actually got down to 100 words, my goal each week just because it is. 🙂  I hope it gave you a good laugh and got you in the Christmas spirit!

  1. LOL this is very sweet and funny, yes it does put one in the spirit!

  2. boomiebol says:

    Very nice, had me smiling

  3. Cute. Thanks for the chuckle.

  4. tedstrutz says:

    NICE!!! You captured the expression on that cat’s face purrrfectly!

  5. yerpirate says:

    Hey! Really cleverly done! Highly enjoyable, and again, so clever.

  6. Tom Poet says:

    A enjoyable take on the prompt.


  7. I love this! It’s never the cat’s fault, you know.

    And please share your other great lines with us sometime soon. 😉

  8. Dear Janet,
    Don’t you know cats are the master race? Very cute. I’m smiling as a type.
    Shalom and a Joyous Noel,

    • They certainly think they are, that’s for sure. As always, I’m happy you enjoyed it. Just seemed like a good time for some Christmas relaxation and fun (although not for the cat’s family!!) Many happy returns to you and yours as well. I’m looking forward to lots of family time and couple time, too! 🙂

  9. As always a job well done.

  10. The perfect playground for a Christmas kitty.
    It certainly is

    Now was the time for some Christmas delight.
    It certainly is

    there was nothing to see save an innocent-looking, complacent kitty.
    It certainly wasn’t.

    I hate a pusillanimous pussy.

    Nice Christmas pare of stanzas

  11. kz says:

    such a great, fun poem.. made me smile.. the little rascal ^^

  12. Sandra says:

    Very sweet! Nicely metered.

  13. rich says:

    that was only 100? wow. visually, it looked like more, and i was going to say that when doing something in the spirit of a parody, then you certainly should be forgiven for surpassing 100. and also, since it’s in a poetic form, some grammar rules are suspended. regardless, that was fun to read, and i’m sure even more fun for the kitty. well done.

  14. JKBradley says:

    Very well done. And that kitty put on such an innocent maw.

  15. Joyce says:

    A wonderful poem, Janet. Real cute. I’ve been working on other posts and poems on my blog, but I did one too, to the same theme as ” Twas The Night Before Christmas” with my version on my blog site. I posted 3 Christmas poems up and got the next scheduled post ready to go on Sunday. So, may not get time for one this week, but will see.

    • Thanks, Joyce. I’m behind on reading as we were out all day and we’re driving to Naperville tomorrow (and still have to pack the van and my clothes) so I may not get caught up until the weekend. I hate waiting, but first things first. Have a wonderful Christmas!!

  16. Debra Kristi says:

    Super fun! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I could picture each event as it happened. Maybe because I have experienced many this year. It’s been so long since I’ve had a young cat in the house. She was half way up the tree earlier this week. It’s her first Christmas. Fun times. This was so full of merry truth. Loved it!

  17. JackieP says:

    there seems to be a low of Twas the night poems going around! I did one the other day. My version. this one was really cute, and so much truth in it for the kitties.

  18. Kwadwo says:

    “…But in the kitchen, there was nothing to see
    Save an innocent-looking, complacent kitty!”
    With iridescent eyes that said, ‘Twasn’t me.

    Haha! I couldn’t help but add my own words.

    It’s a lovely poem, Janet. I really enjoyed reading it.

  19. erinleary says:

    I enjoyed it – and could see many more verses flowing. Merry Christmas!

  20. Jan Brown says:

    Truly delightful!

  21. Wonderful, Janet! Indeed, it gave me some Christmas spirit. Have a wonderful holiday!

  22. Anne Orchard says:

    Great fun Janet! Loved it.

  23. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Janet,

    Cats don’t have owners; they have staff. Loved the poem and the way you captured the pure devilish delight cats take in destruction. Some cats just want to watch the world burn.

    Have a Merry Christmas.



    • That’s very true, Doug, and staff on constant sufferance. 🙂 I’m happy you liked the poem. I cherish the thought of you being Santa and wish you a most blessed Christmas.


  24. Brilliant reworking of the poem. Hopefully the cat doesn’t leave “presents” for them to find too.

  25. 40again says:

    Loved your re-working of an old favourite. Nice and Christmassy
    Have a Happy Christmas

  26. writeondude says:

    Excellent bit of seasonal poetry. Nicely done.

  27. unspywriter says:

    This actually happened to us and our cat–as I’m sure it has to anyone with a cat and a Christmas tree. Great take on the poem!

    Here’s mine:

  28. Russell says:

    It made me giggle, which is one of the best Christmas gifts a person can recieve. Thank you very much and have a blessed holiday.

  29. Hi Janet,
    Great, fun parody of the classic poem. Left me grinning like a Cheshire cat! Ron

  30. brudberg says:

    Very well description of a cat let loose. Like the poetry.

  31. Sarah Ann says:

    ‘Just a jump-able distance away in the air.’ – such a great image. A lovely tale well written. 🙂

  32. doriantgray says:

    That was brilliant. Just like a cat to play the cute card when things get messy.

  33. tonyoleson says:

    I liked this. Well written and I like the rhythm. I actually felt like I was amid the clatter. Bravo.

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Tony. The original flows so well that I wanted my revision to do so, too. The hardest part was keeping the rhythm while getting down to 100 words!! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      • tonyoleson says:

        Yeah, getting a poem to flow while you take parts out is like getting a tree to keep standing while you chop chunks from it…like in the old cartoons, remember? *Swing – Drop – Swing – Drop* …doesn’t look easy at all! Haha, Merry Christmas as well, to you, yours and theirs!

  34. wmqcolby says:

    Awww. VERY cute. I like this, I really DO! You have a Merry Little Christmas as well!

  35. mari wells says:

    Amazing. I loved it.

  36. H.L. Pauff says:

    This is wonderful. Thanks for the laugh

  37. Parul says:

    That’s a perfect setting of a playground for a cat!
    Cute story in the for of a poem.

    Merry Christmas! 🙂

  38. I liked the poem more than the original, lol, and the post-script was pretty funny too.

  39. Sally-Jayne says:

    This was fun. Looks like you and I were on a similar wavelength this week 😉

  40. So very true, too!