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Twas the Night Before Christmas in a mountain house with three children and a Mouse.
T'was the Night before Christmas
And up in the holler
Grandpa and Grandma
Had nary a dollar.

The coal stove was glowing
They were snug as could be
Outside it was snowing
And no-one could see

If Santy was near
On his long winter flight
To bring goodies and toys
To children that night.

Gramps stretched his long legs
Leaned back in his chair
Puffed on his pipe
And stroked the white hair

Of the beard on his chin,
Grown quite long,
As he hummed to himself
An old mountain song.

Grandma looked up
With a smile from her knittin'
Soft wool curled on her knee
Like a pink little kitten.

She seemed very happy,
Quite "jolly" you may say
As she contentedly awaited
That magical day.

At the top of the stairs
And down a long hall
Things were not so quiet.
Oh no!  Not at all.

High in the ceiling
Deep in the rafter
The Christmas Mouse listened
To whispers and laughter.

It was his job to watch
The young'uns that night
And make sure that Santy
Got it all right.

Our Millie, MJ and Billy Bug
Snuggled three in a bed
Warm bricks at their feet
And dreams in each little head.

MJ wanted a poodle skirt
And a sweater of pink angora.
Our Millie pined for a picture book
And a dolly she'd name Flora.

Billy Bug had a longer list
With cowboy hat and fishin' pole
He just hoped that Santy forgot
That big lump of coal.

We all know what happened
As it does every year
And if you are lucky you
Just might get to hear

A mighty "ho-ho-ho"
And bells in the air
To tell you that Santy
Really was there.

If you can't stay awake
There's no need for sorrow.
You will see his handiwork
Early on the 'morrow.

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