Twas the Night before Christmas

Exploring Kansas Outdoors


Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring EXCEPT that darn mouse.

It chewed and it rustled so to honor my spouse,

I set out some traps for that darn pesky mouse.

We don’t have a chimney, or mantle or poker

And the nearest we own to a fireplace is a smoker.

Our stockings were all holey and strewn under the bed,

So our old hunting boots hung by the smoker instead.

Our puppy was nestled all snug in her bed

Under the laundry room table with her stuffed toy named Fred.

She quivered and whimpered; to watch her was funny

As she dreamed she would finally corral that ol’ bunny.

My pj’s were long johns, all cozy and white

And I crawled into bed and turned out the light.

Deer season had ended with no deer in the shed

So visions of deer jerky danced in my head.

My wife lay beside me in jammies of red

She was already dreaming of Claus and his sled,

When out in the drive there arose such a ruckus

I sprang from my bed to see what had struck us.

I should have known not to “spring” from my bed

Cause I busted my big toe and clobbered my head.

As I limped up the hallway I grabbed my deer rifle

I’d show them I was someone with whom not to trifle!

I peered out the window and what did I see?

Why old Santa himself, alive as could be.

And there stood old Rudolf in all of his glory,

With his nose shining brightly just like in the story.

But all I could see was his head on my wall .

With that bright red nose twinkling to brighten my hall.

His rack was enormous, at least twenty points,

The thought of its score made me weak in my joints

I wanted that rack, whether legal or not,

So I eased out the door to line up my shot.

I clicked off the safety and steadied myself

So I wouldn’t endanger the Jolly Old Elf.

Now remember those traps I’d set out before?

Well there happened to be one right by the door.

While I tried to be sneaky so no one would know,

That trap clamped its jaws around my sore big toe.

I jerked on the trigger and the shot went astray

And ended up lodged in the front of the sleigh.

The reindeer all spooked and yanked on the sled

Dumping St Nick on the floor on his head.

They shot out the drive as slick as a whistle

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle,

But I heard him exclaim as they drove out of sight

Rudolph you blockhead; no more deer hunters tonight!


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