The Night Before Christmas, Pets Version

The poem “Twas The Night Before Christmas” is typically credited as originating with Clement Clarke Moore, an Episcopal minister, who in 1822 wrote the piece for his daughters.  It was originally entitled “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas.” The poem is the source for the depiction of Santa Claus as a chubby icon and “jolly old elf,” and it helped solidify the story of Santa Claus flying his sleigh to leave gifts for children. In 1881, political cartoonist Thomas Nast used the poem to create the familiar image of Santa Claus that we see today and published it in Harper’s Weekly.  You can learn more of this version of the history of the poem at History.com.

However, just yesterday, I read news that perhaps Moore was not the source of the poem. The decedents of New York poet Henry Livingston maintain that he is the actual source.

Regardless, the Night Before Christmas has been parodied many times and in many ways over the years. Here, I give you a pet’s version of the story.

  • Twas the night before petmas when all through the pack 1 of 14

    Not an animal was stirring, not even for snacks

    The stockings where chewed by the chimney with care

    In hopes that Santapaws soon would be there 


    Photo Credit: Sadie Hart

  • The doggies were nestled all snug in their beds 2 of 14

    While visions of rawhides danced in their heads

    And the cat in the cat tree and I in a lap

    Had just settled down for long winter's nap 


    Photo Credit: Ginny

  • When out on the lawm there arose such a clatter 3 of 14

    I sprang, barked, and jumped to see what was the matter

    Away to the window the cat flew with a flash

    Hissed at the shutters and clawed up the sash 


    Photo Credit: Claire P.

  • The moonlight was bright on the new fallen snow 4 of 14

    Lighting up cat eyes that watched from below

    Then what to the wondering cat eyes should appear

    But a miniature sleigh and eight dogs dressed like reindeer 


    Photo Credit: Katie Brady

  • With a funny man driver, who was breaking speed laws 5 of 14

    I knew in a moment it must be Santapaws

    More rapid than beagles, his coursers they came

    And he whistled and barked, and he called them by name

    Now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer and Vixen

    On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen!   


    Photo Credit: Cordey

  • To the top of the cat tree that sits in the hall 6 of 14

    Now dash away, dash away, snacks for you all!

    As dry leaves that before wild squirrel chasers fly

    When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky


    Photo Credit: Julie Vazquez 

  • So up to the dog house the coursers they flew 7 of 14

    With the sleigh full of cat toys and boney chews too

    And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

    The prancing and pawing, and it made me go "woof" 


    Photo Credit: Kelly Taylor

  • As I threw back my head and barked like a hound 8 of 14

    Down the chimney Santapaws came with a bound

    He was dressed all in fur from his head to his snoot

    And his clothes were all tarnished with dog spit and soot 


    Photo Credit: An Iconoclast

  • A bundle of rawhides were flung on his back 9 of 14

    And he looked like a dog walker opening his pack

    His eyes, how they twinkled, his dimples how merry

    his cheeks were like dog biscuits, his nose like a berry


    Photo Credit: Aoli 

  • His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow 10 of 14

    And the cat played with his beard as white as the snow

    The stump of a biscuit he held tight in his teeth 

    And the crumbs from it encircled his head like a wreath


    Photo Credit: John Pemble

  • He had a broad face and a little round belly 11 of 14

    That shook when he laughed like a dog dish of jelly

    He was chubby and plump a right jolly old elf

    And I barked when I saw him, in spite of myself


    Photo Credit: Stephen Korecky

  • A wink of his eye and a pet on my head 12 of 14

    Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread

    He spoke not a word, but straitened his fur

    Filled up the pet stockings, then turned with a purr


    Photo Credit: Steve Burke

  • And laying a paw pad aside of his nose 13 of 14

    And giving a nod up the chimney he rose

    He sprang to his sleigh, to his dogs gave a whistle

    And away they all flew like the fur of a thistle

    But I heard him exclaim as the cat played with the lights...


    Photo Credit: Bill & Vicki T


  • Merry Petmas to all 14 of 14

    And be good companions tonight!

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