‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – In The Hills

I read this heart-warming anonymous poem for the first time last year as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and Out on the Ranch” and really enjoyed it. I changed a few words to suit my fancy and put it in an Appalachian setting. Enjoy!

‘Twas the night before Christmas and down in the holler,
The pond was froze over, the crick soon to foller.
The snow was piled up belly-deep to a mule,
And the kids were all home on vacation from school,
Sprawled out in the big room just a-watchin’ TV,
And they thought it was fine as vacation could be.

Then suddenly, some time around eight o’clock,
There came a surprise that gave them a shock!
The power went off, the TV went dead!
When Grandpa came in from out in the shed,
With an armload of wood, the house was all dark;
“Just what I expected,” they heard him remark.
“Them power line wires must be down from the snow;
Seems sorter like times on this farm long ago.”

“I’ll hunt up some candles,” said Mom, “With their light,
And the fireplace, I reckon we’ll make out all right.”
The teen-agers all seemed enveloped in gloom,
Then Grandpa came back from a trip to his room,
Uncased his old fiddle & started to play
That old Christmas song about bells on a sleigh.
Mom started to sing, and first thing they knew
Both Pop and the kids were all singing it, too!

They sang Christmas carols, they sang “Holy Night,”
Their eyes all a-shine in the ruddy firelight.
They played some charades Mom recalled from her youth,
And Pop read a passage from God’s Book of Truth.
They stayed up till midnight-and, would you believe,
The youngsters agreed ’twas a fine Christmas Eve!

Grandpa rose early, some time before dawn;
And when the kids wakened, the power was on!
“Them power folks sure got the line repaired quick,”
Said Grandpa – and no one suspected his trick.
Last night, for the sake of some old-fashioned fun,
He had pulled the main switch – the old Son-of-a-Gun!


  1. The S Family December 23, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    Thanks for sharing this!( …too bad the power came back on 😉 ) Our family really enjoyed this poem. Merry Christmas y’all!

  2. Sarah December 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    That is a very funny and true poem! Thank you for posting! And have a Merry Christmas! Love Sarah

  3. Robert December 24, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    I so enjoyed this poem, Mike! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Nathan Burkhalter December 25, 2011 at 5:12 am #

    Thanks for sharing this ! Verry Nice ! Merry Christmas you guys !

  5. Jenny Wilkes December 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    It’s amazing how much fun you can have when electricity it out!!

  6. Emily Garfat December 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    The house in this picture looks very nice. Hmm, I wonder who’s it is? 🙂 (I am in it right at this
    moment by the way.) James did a very good job taking this picture.

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