2003 Articles

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and on the settee,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a flea;

Delta was nestled all snug in her bed,

While visions of dog biscuits danced in her head;

And Ruth in her ‘kerchief, and Larry in his cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.

When “BARK” in the front room arose such a clatter,

That Ruth turned to Larry “Please see what’s the matter.”

He stepped towards the door but the barking did cease,

And he heard a strange voice in the room saying “Please…”

“My reindeer are tired and Rudolph is old,

I need you two sled dogs to lighten the load.”

“Woo woo” howled the sled dogs and harnessed they were,

And then with a whoosh the three left in a blur.

Though the tinkle of sleigh bells rose in the air,

Larry could not believe that St. Nick had been there.

The following morning he thought it was a dream.

It must have been, just so unreal did it seem;

Yet, the dogs were exhausted, and slept all the day,

Paws twitched as they dreamed of St. Nick and his sleigh.

Submitted by Joy Ritter: With permission from Ruth Jones, who ‘adapted’ this poem to her Samoyeds. The dogs’ names are Delta and Dora. Dora is a Hannah and Maverick daughter. They live in San Diego.