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Thursday, December 23, 2010

'Twas the night before Christmas - out on the ranch


'Twas the night before Christmas & out on the ranch
The pond was froze over & so was each branch.
The snow was piled up belly-deep to a mule.
The kids were all home on vacation from school,

And happier young folks you never did see-
Just all sprawled around a-playing their Wii.
Then suddenly, some time around 8 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 the ranch 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 teenagers all seemed enveloped in gloom.
Then Grandpa came back from a trip to his room,
Uncased his old fiddle & started to play
Some old Christmas songs the ole' fashioned way.

Mom started to sing, & 1st thing they knew
Both Pop & the kids were all singing them, too.
They sang Christmas carols, they sang "Holy Night,"
Their eyes all a-shine in the warm firelight.

They played some charades Mom recalled from her youth,
And Pop read a passage from God's Book of Truth.
They stayed up til' 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..
"The power company sure got the line repaired quick,"
Said Grandpa - & no one suspected his trick.

Last night, for the sake of some REAL Christmas fun,
Gramps pulled the main switch - the old Son-of-a-Gun!



Marge of Emmas Nook and Granny said...

Sweet! Merry Christmas to you and your family from snowy Minnesota!

ChRiS said...

ok this is cute i really enjoyed it ty and Merry Christmas tou you and your loved ones

The Tin Rabbit said...

Love it Margo!

Angela said...

That's great!!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Happy Holidays Margo!

Gracefully Vintage said...

What A Great, Blog, so glad to of found you- Love it, and thanks for SHaring..
Glad to be a New Follower-
Have a Merry Merry Christmas


Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Margo that's GORGEOUS....I know I'll be wishin' for a power outage tomorrow when I'm surrounded by WII wieldin' kids....hahahahahaha....!!

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Christmas....!!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

trash talk said...

Perfect timing...just like Grandpa!
Have the merriest of merry and happiest of happy.

Busy Bucharoo said...

what a wonderful poem. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes it really is nice to be 'forced' to return to a simpler, quieter time. Hope you had a simpler, quieter Christmas this year!

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