Twas the Night Before Christmas

This time of year always gets me thinking about family and Christmas traditions and favorite memories. I love to tell the stories of getting up in the wee hours of Christmas morning to nab my Christmas sock and see what was inside. Then I would also grab each of my siblings as well. One by one I would take them upstairs, attempt to wake my brothers or sister (usually unsuccessfully) and then proceed to tell them what they got as I emptied their socks on their beds! Good times!

My mom recently added to that memory something that I had forgotten. Apparently once I was done with my sock, she would hear the thud, thud, thud of the orange as I rolled it down the stairs. In her day, getting a big yummy orange in your Christmas sock was a wonderful treat… maybe not so much in mine?? Ha!

But one of our favorite memories is the years we spent with my Grandma. We had the honor of having her in our home for 10+ years and even though she could not express herself verbally, she still had a way of making us laugh! I managed to capture one of those moments in a now favorite family poem. I wrote this on Christmas Eve 1993:


Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house

Every creature was stirring, even the mouse!

The stockings were thrown by the computer with flair

In hopes that the dogs would leave them there!


Some of the children were nestled all snug in the beds

While the other was visiting with the little girlfriend…

When all of a sudden there arose such a clatter

We ran to the living room to see what was the matter!


And what to our wondering eyes should appear…

But a sneaky Grandma with some holiday cheer!

As she scuffles to her room as fast as she can,

We soon hear the opening of the hot Coke can!


To the smell of pancakes hot on the stove,

We awake with frostbite on all of our toes!

With Momma cursing the bird in the pan,

We all gather ’round as close as we can.


The gifts are disbursed to all of the clan:

One for you and for me, and five for Gram!

Once the gifts are opened and the meal is ate,

We sit and ponder the thought: only 365 more days to wait!


Wishing you a wonderful holiday with your loved ones, celebrating the only Gift that brings joy and hope to our lives – Jesus!

Merry Christmas!