The Night Before Christmas…That worked well!

Posted: December 24, 2016 in Poetry, Writing
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It’s Saturday, which means I’m putting out another Friday Fictioneers story from my archives and I just happen to have one that is about the night before Christmas.  It’s Christmas Eve Day, so how could that possibly work any more neatly, I ask you?  I hope you enjoy this bit of Christmas poetry and also a joy-filled Christmas Eve.



‘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. Su Leslie says:

    Huge smile! Merry Christmas Janet. Wishing you and your family a wonderful festive season.

  2. BRAVO!!! Have a wonderful christmas feast …. and pawsome howl-i-days…

  3. marianallen says:

    SO sweet and innocent! lol! Merry Christmas and all!

  4. anne leueen says:

    Cats! So entertaining! Thanks for giving me a smile at breakfast.

  5. At my house we call them “little monkeys”. Love the poetry!

  6. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Merry Christmas, Janet. I’ve known for awhile that cats and Christmas trees don’t mix. Maybe that’s why we never put a tree up. Although we don’t have any cats. 😉

    • But you have “that dog.” Small enough to qualify as a big cat, right? 🙂 Merry Christmas to you two as well, Emilio.

      • Emilio Pasquale says:

        True. She’d probably lift a leg around the tree. And that’s not what Christmas is supposed to smell like. Did you know dogs like brussel sprouts? At least this dog does. We had some last night and she wouldn’t leave us alone at the table.

      • 🙂 At least she likes something that’s good for her.

  7. prior.. says:

    Delightful! Meow merry Christmas

  8. […] PS – I was inspired by this post — The Night before Christmas […]

  9. iAMsafari says:

    Merry Xmas Janet, and a spectecular New Year!!!

  10. jan says:

    Delightful! Happy Christmas!

  11. joey says:

    Well done! 🙂

  12. Ah, I like your take on the subject so much better! Definitely put a smile on my face. Hope you had a very happy holiday!

  13. lisakunk says:

    Gotta love those kitties. They keep life entertaining.