‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

twas the night before christmas poem

We asked readers to personalize the classic poem A Visit From St. Nicholas, re-writing it using their own words and experiences. Thank you to the dozens of readers who participated. Many people sent more than one poem in, but due to space issues we could only print one per person. Following are some of the creative responses we received.

Make sure to visit all of the pages to find your poem!




‘Twas the week before Christmas, we got a surprise,
Black nose, brown and white fur and cute brown eyes.
With a loud happy bark, he came running to play,
Our new puppy named Fenton, came home to stay!

Daniel E. Waggoner, age 9
Norton, Ohio


‘Twas the night before Christmas and my Nativity stable,
Built by my Grandpa, sat on the table.
But the figures were toppled, pushed aside in a heap,
While ’round Baby Jesus, curled the cat, fast asleep!

Elaine Ressler


‘Tis the night before Christmas, and I’m stuck on a plane
The price of this ticket is downright insane
If I get to see Santa about on his way
I’ll ask him next year if there’s room on his sleigh.

Bridgid Cassin
Canfield, Ohio



‘Twas the week before Christmas and the farmers wanted to know,
Next week would the Farm and Dairy be a no-show?
They decided to check the calendar with care
Then they hoped that on Thursday it would be there.

Debby McClain
New Castle, Pa.



‘Twas the night before Christmas and I was thinking of Dad
Remembering Christmas’ past trying not to be sad
There were six of us girls and Dad did what he could
And if he was able to be here for Christmas, he certainly would.

Holly Nester
Wadsworth, Ohio



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