‘Twas the Night Before …

Twas the NIght coverProbably the most famous Christmas verse known world-wide, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” originally titled “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” was penned by Clement Clarke Moore and first appeared anonymously in 1823.  Later, at his children’s insistence, he acknowledged that he’d written this simple verse.  A scholar by profession, he was embarrassed by the simplicity of the verse, but it has shaped the image of Santa Clause for Americans since then.

Although some minor controversy exists that Moore did not author the poem, most scholars attribute it to him.Clement Moore

I remember reading the story-verse so often as a child that I had memorized it.  I read it to my own children every Christmas, with them often acting out the various parts of the story.

I thought it might be fun on this Christmas Eve Day if we shared a variation of the poem.

Here are the rules:

Begin your verse with “’Twas the night before Christmas” and … “

Continue with at least one more line, preferably three to complete the stanza, that represents your personal or family feelings at this time of the year.  Exhausted?  Grateful?  Hungry?  Blessed?  Whatever you want.  Dig deep into your creative side, merry or reflective, and share your holiday thoughts with us.

Here’s my version:

‘Tis the night before Christmas; The house is a mess.
My ham is unordered and I have no new dress.
I’m running at half-mast and quite out of steam,
But going to bed, happily to dream
About new cars!!! Or vacations, and stemware wishes —
As long as the presents involve others’ doing dishes!

And be sure to stop by the Romance Bandits Blog tomorrow for our Christmas Day celebration during which we’ll announce the grand winner of our Christmas package.

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  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to my place

    Have fun

    • Deb says:

      Helen, GR was actually a very good boy while here in Iowa. He wasn’t happy about a lack of Tim Tams, though. 😉

      • Helen says:


        There are Tim Tams here but not that many 🙂 way too much Christmas cake and pudding and so many other good things to eat I am sure he will be happy he can see Santa arrive here in Oz and then of to the other countries

        Merry Christmas

        Have Fun

    • Jo Robertson says:

      He’s ALWAYS going to your place, Helen, and I’m sure the rooster wouldn’t miss Christmas Eve at your house!

  • Helen says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Jo

    This is going to be fun

    Twas the night before Christmas
    And everything is ready (I hope)
    Barb and Doug are here having a drink
    Carols by candlelight is showing on the TV
    My grandkids should be all fast asleep
    Awaiting St Nick

    Have Fun
    And Merry Christmas Everyone

  • Jane says:

    Hello Jo,
    Not really good at this stuff, but I’ll give it a try.
    Twas the night before Christmas, the city’s wide awake
    No cooking for me, but I have cookies to bake
    I’ll be sitting by door waiting for the packages to come
    And then I’ll enjoy some hot buttered rum.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      You’re great, Jane. And I envy you both the cookies and the rum — yummy. You know, you get to eat two out of every dozen cookies you bake, right? That’s the cookie rule.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Twas the night before Christmas
    and I just got an e-mail
    telling me the one special gift I ordered may not arrive in time.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Oh, no, Amy! How disappointing. I ordered two scarves for Cmas for myself (so no deadline). One arrived in a few days, and the other won’t be delivered until almost February! Talk about the slow boat to China (it’s shipping from China LOL).

  • Deb says:

    Jo, this is fun! I love stuff like this. In fact, I actually wrote a Christmas letter in this style a few years ago. Once I started, it was easy. 🙂

    Here’s my version for your post.

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas,
    my thoughts all a-whirl,
    wondering and pondering on presents
    I have hidden like a hoarding squirrel.

    I’ve filled all the stockings
    with candy and the usual stuff,
    like perfume, nail polish, a bracelet so shiny,
    and bobby pins because there are never enough.

    Sitting in a chair on this Christmas Eve night,
    looking around and then giving a quick nod,
    I reflect upon my many, sweet blessings,
    know all is good and thanks be to God.

  • LOL – What a fun idea! Not sure I’m any good at this but here goes:

    Thus the night before Christmas and I’m up late baking
    The presents are wrapped and fit for the taking
    While making the pies, I offer this tip
    Pour bourbon for the filling, and then bourbon to sip

    Merry Christmas!

  • Mary Preston says:

    ’Twas the night before Christmas,
    The whole family gathers,
    It’s summer you know,
    So they all packed their bathers.

  • Minna says:

    ‘Tis the night before Christmas;
    It’s time for all the hurry to cease,
    ‘Cause now it’s time for Christmas peace!


    • Jo Robertson says:

      Absolutely, Minna! It’s amazing how a peace settles over everything, isn’t it. And anything left undone, well, it no longer seems to matter.

      Happy holidays!

  • Shannon says:

    This started out so nice and then gremlins attacked the keyboard… Wish I had time to finish!

    Twas the night before solstice and all through the glen
    Just the trees were standing housing a guinea hen
    The sun dipped south then west in the sky
    Saying the days until spring would soon fly

    The bears were all hibernating in their caves
    While the perch settled under the waves
    And the rooster on his branch, and I in my dreams
    Roamed the internet and treasured its memes

    On a fine blog, the happy bandita buddies began posting
    Making the banditas rouse from their caves and writing
    The cabana boys began whipping up cocktails stat
    And there was Donna with a peacock feather in her hat

  • Mozette says:

    Twas the night before Christmas
    and my family gathered at my cousin’s house
    to enjoy a hearty meal together
    and exchange gifts later on.

    With the lights on the trees which were thongs
    and the lighting flickering all night,
    we sat afterwards and wondered…
    why did we eat so much; we’re such gluttons.

    Before we knew it, it was time to leave,
    away Mitsubishi, and Holden
    Ford and Toyota… we fled
    back home into our beds…

    to await for Santa to arrive to our homes,
    and to spread joy around our very hot,

    Okay… it doesn’t rhyme but I tried.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Twas the night before Christmas, not a snowflake in sight
    Although I had wished with all of my might
    Instead it was rainy , gloomy and dark
    Pretty much like it was for Noah’ s big ark.
    Even so, I didn’t let that get me down,
    I was ready to shop, more gifts to be found.
    I grabbed my umbrella and rushed into the fray
    Yelling Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year’s Day!

  • catslady says:

    Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, there was definitely not a mouse, because my cats they would pounce, the milk it was spilt, and the ornaments a tilt, how the cats lapped it up, next year Santa gets a sippy cup, all the kitties are hoping for catnip toys, Merry Christmas to all and lots of joys.

  • Teresa Hughes says:

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas
    The gifts are all wrapped
    Everyone is relaxing and I’m envisioning a nap
    Thoughts of tomorrow fills all of our heads,
    From gifts to food to family dropping in.
    We wish Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

  • ‘Twas the night before Christmas
    and I’ve said enough
    Be happy with what you get,
    Coz there ain’t anymore stuff.

    Dinner’s in the fridge
    ready for cooking
    Cookies are baked
    And the house is festive looking.

    The Jazzman is out
    doing his last minute shopping
    God knows why he waits to
    drive when no one is stopping.

    I in my slippers
    am making a cheese ball,
    and decorating cookies.
    Merry Christmas to all!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Great poem, Suzanne. Jazzman is just doing what all mean seem to do. I mean how can you not KNOW that Christmas is coming?

      Knowing you, you’ve got everything under control for your large, happy brood. Relax and Merry Christmas!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Good morning, everyone, happy Christmas Eve Day! I hope you’ve been far more on top of things than I have. I’ve been running around all morning, picking up the small things that I’d forgotten.

    A nightmare out there!

    We’re having ham and scalloped potatoes for our Christmas dinner and, of course, I forgot the half and half for the potatoes!

    My daughters, far more prepared than I am, only have their odd present left to wrap. Smart cookies!

  • bn100 says:

    Happy holidays

  • Jo, I love the illustrations on that old edition of the story.

    Twas the night before Christmas, and we were up late,

    Putting stickers on action figures the bad guys would hate.

    From Kal-El to X-Men, the Batmobile, too, and we can’t forget Luke, in whom the Force ran so true.

    The boy has moved on now, a young man at last.

    But the heroes of his childhood shaped our Christmases past.

    We have our Christmas dinner tonight and a lazy day tomorrow. The dh has plunged into the madhouse that is Christmas Eve retail to pick up a few mysterious things, and then he’s done.

    I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas has a merry one, and everyone else will have a happy, peaceful day.

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas
    And all through the house
    There was madness and mayhem
    Eek, is that a mouse??

    The cats go beserk,
    tearing up the tree,
    Destroying the work
    of lil’ ole me.

    The stockings are gone
    I don’t know where they went
    Cleaning and scouring
    I didn’t make a dent.

    The kitchen is a shambles
    All my recipies failed
    I missed some ingredients
    I ranted and railed

    Finally I went to the couch
    And there I did see
    My beloved son
    Just looking at me.

    It’s alright Mom
    He said it so kind
    We are together
    I really don’t mind.

    You gave it your best Mom
    I saw you trying
    Dry your face
    And stop that crying.

    We can have sandwiches
    What do we care?
    We have food in our bellies
    And clothes to wear.

    Let’s clean this up
    And bed down for the night
    Christmas is here
    We’re set right and tight.

  • ki pha says:

    I’m loving all of these!

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas,
    And I’m finally finished wrapping!
    I’m tired as hell
    But They look fabulous and so not lacking.
    All tied with ribbons and so very special.

    Been wrapping them for days now
    Bows after bows and all
    But you’ll be wowed.
    Trust me, enthralled

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Hi, Ki Pha, wrapping is one of the things I really enjoy doing at Christmas time. I learned from my dad who was a beautiful and meticulous present wrapper.

  • Kaelee says:

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas
    and I must confess
    I’ve been reading romance novels
    for my happiness.

    The presents are bought
    but they are not wrapped yet,
    Because I’m taking some time
    to surf the internet.

    Tomorrow I have to make
    A gluten free cheesecake

    To take to my sister’s on Boxing Day
    When we celebrate Christmas her way

    With stockings, presents, turkey dinner and more.
    Everyone gets another chance to get what they wished for.

    And now I’ll wish with delight
    Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

  • flchen1 says:

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas,
    and my brain’s not for for much…
    The cards are addressed,
    but the gifts lack pizzazz or some such 😉

    Looking forward to sleep and then food
    and fun on the morrow.
    Christmas is God’s way of erasing the sorrow.

    Wishing you all the joy and peace the season can bring 🙂

  • Laney4 says:

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas –
    We’re done wrapping the gifts
    For all of those people
    We’ve noted on our lists.

    Didn’t get to the baking –
    Too busy with the flu.
    Had it twice in December,
    So hope we are through!

    Got to church on time,
    Which was a huge relief.
    Sang lots of carols
    And reaffirmed our beliefs.

    Went from there to a party
    Where I finally got to eat.
    On to a neighbour’s place
    Where I declined eating sweets.

    Had lots of fun,
    But now it’s time to read –
    A book or maybe two,
    Depending on my speed.

    Merry Christmas

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Signing off now to see if I can catch a glimpse of Santa, his sleigh and reindeer. I still get that little thrill of believing, if not in Santa, then in the spirit of giving to others.

    God rest ye merry, everyone!