Twas the Night Before Christmas Stories

Twas the Night Before Christmas (Computer Style)

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the shop, 
The computers were whirring; they never do stop. 
The power was on and the temperature right, 
In hopes that the input would feed back that night. 

The system was ready, the program was coded, 
And memory drums had been carefully loaded; 
While adding a Christmasy glow to the scene, 
The lights on the console, flashed red, white and green. 

When out in the hall there arose such a clatter, 
The programmer ran to see what was the matter. 
Away to the hallway he flew like a flash, 
Forgetting his key in his curious dash. 
He stood in the hallway and looked all about, 
When the door slammed behind him, and he was locked out. 

Then, in the computer room what should appear, 
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer; 
And a little old man, who with scarcely a pause, 
Chuckled: "My name is Santa...the last name is Claus." 

The computer was startled, confused by the name, 
Then it buzzed as it heard the old fellow exclaim: 
"This is Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, 
And Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen." 

With all these odd names, it was puzzled anew; 
It hummed and it clanked, and a main circuit blew. 
It searched in its memory core, trying to "think"; 
Then the multi-line printer went out on the blink. 

Unable to do its electronic job, 
It said in a voice that was almost a sob: 
"Your eyes - how they twinkle - your dimples so merry, 
Your cheeks so like roses, your nose like a cherry, 

Your smile - all these things, I've been programmed to know, 
And at data-recall, I am more than so-so; 
But your name and your address (computers can't lie), 
Are things that I just cannot identify. 

You've a jolly old face and a little round belly, 
That shakes when you laugh like a bowl full of jelly; 
My scanners can see you, but still I insist, 
Since you're not in my program, you cannot exist!" 

Old Santa just chuckled a merry "ho, ho", 
And sat down to type out a quick word or so. 
The keyboard clack-clattered, its sound sharp and clean, 
As Santa fed this "data" to the machine: 

"Kids everywhere know me; I come every year; 
The presents I bring add to everyone's cheer; 
But you won't get anything - that's plain to see; 
Too bad your programmers forgot about me." 

Then he faced the machine and said with a shrug, 
"Merry Christmas to All," as he pulled out its plug!

A Dieters Night Before Christmas 

Twas the night before Christmas and all round my hips 
were Fannie May candies that sneaked past my lips. 
Fudge brownies were stored in the freezer with care 
in hopes that my thighs would forget they were there. 

While Mama in her my girdle and I in chin straps 
had just settled down to sugar-borne naps. 
When out in the pantry there arose such a clatter 
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. 

Away to the kitchen I flew like a flash 
tore open the icebox then threw up the sash. 
The marshmallow look of the new-fallen snow 
sent thoughts of a binge to my body below. 

When what to my wandering eyes should appear: 
a marzipan Santa with eight chocolate reindeer! 
That huge chunk of candy so luscious and slick 
I knew in a second that I'd wind up sick. 

The sweet-coated santa, those sugared reindeer 
I closed my eyes tightly but still I could hear; 
On Pritzker, on Stillman, on weak one, on TOPS 
a Weight Watcher dropout from sugar detox. 

From the top of the scales to the top of the hall 
now dash away pounds now dash away all. 
Dressed up in Lane Bryant from my head to nightdress 
my clothes were all bulging from too much excess. 

My droll little mouth and my round little belly 
they shook when I laughed like a bowl full of jelly. 
I spoke not a word but went straight to my work 
ate all of the candy then turned with a jerk. 

And laying a finger beside my heartburn 
I gave a quick nod toward the bedroom I turned. 
I eased into bed, to the heavens I cry 
 if temptation's removed I'll get thin by and by. 

And I mumbled again as I turned for the night 
in the morning I'll starve... 'til I take that first bite!

Twas the Night Before Christmas Went Politically Correct

Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck...
How to live in a world that's politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to "Elves".
"Vertically Challenged" they were calling themselves.
And labor conditions at the north pole
Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.

Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their roof-tops.
Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
His fur trimmed red suit was called "Unenlightened."

And to show you the strangeness of life's ebbs and flows,
Rudolf was suing over unauthorized use of his nose
And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
Demanding millions in over-due compensation.

So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
Who suddenly said she'd enough of this life,
Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
Demanding from now on her title was Ms.

And as for the gifts, why, he'd ne'er had a notion
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.
Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.
Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim. Nothing to shoot.
Nothing that clamored or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls. Or just for the boys.
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that's warlike or non-pacific.

No candy or sweets...they were bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.
For they raised the hackles of those psychological
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.

No baseball, no football...someone could get hurt;
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.
Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passé;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.

So Santa just stood there, disheveled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.
He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you've got to be careful with that word today.
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.

Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right.
A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion;
Every ethnicity, every hue,
Everyone, everywhere...even you.
So here is that gift, it's price beyond worth...
"May you and your loved ones enjoy peace on earth." 

(c) Harvey Ehrlich, 1992

Santa's Last Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and one thing was clear--
 that old Yuletide spirit no longer was here
inflation was rising; the crime rate was tripling;
the fuel bills were up, and our mortgage was crippling; 

I opened a beer as I watched TV,
where Donny sang "O Holy Night" to Marie;
the kids were in bed, getting sleep like they should;
or else they were stoned, which was almost as good. 

While Ma with her ball-point was making a fuss
'bout folks we'd send cards to who'd sent none to us;
"Those ingrates," she thundered, and pounded her fist;
"Next year you can bet they'll be crossed off our list!" 

When out in the yard came a deafening blare;
'twas our burgler alarm, and I hollered, "Who's there?"
I turned on the searchlight, which lit up the night,
and, armed with my handgun, beheld a strange sight. 

Some red-suited clown with a white beard immense
was caught in our eight foot electrified fence;
he called out, "I'm Santa! I bring you no malice!"
Said I, "if you're Santa, I'm Telly Savalas!" 

But, lo, as his presence grew clear to me,
I saw in the glare that it just might be he!
called off our doberman clawing his sleigh
and, frisking him twice, said, "I think he's ok." 

I led him inside where he slumped in a chair,
and he poured out the following tale of despair;
"On Christmas eves past I was jolly and chuckling,
but now 'neath the pressures, I fear I am buckling." 

"You'll note I've arrived with no reindeer this year,
and without them, my sleigh is much harder to steer;
although I would like to continue to use them,
the wildlife officials believe I abuse them." 

"To add to my problem, Ralph Nader dropped by
and told me my sleigh was unsafe in the sky;
I now must wear seat belts, despite my objections,
and bring in the sleigh twice a year for inspections." 

"Last April my workers came forth with demands,
and I soon had a general strike on my hands;
I couldn't afford to pay unionized elves,
so the misses and I did the work ourselves." 

"And then, later on, came additional trouble--
an avalanche left my fine workshop in rubble;
my Allstate insurance was worthless, because
they had shrewdly slipped in a 'no avalanche' clause." 

"And after that came an I.R.S audit;
the government claimed I was out to defraud it;
they finally nailed me for 65 grand,
which I paid through the sale of my house and my land." 

"And yet I persist, though it gives me a scare
flying blind through the blanket of smog in the air;
not to mention the hunters who fill me with dread,
taking shots at my sleigh as I pass overhead." 

"My torn-up red suit, and these bruises and swellings,
I got fighting muggers in multiple dwellings.
And if you should ask why I'm glowing tonight,
it's from flying too close to a nuclear site." 

He rose from his chair and he heaved a great sigh,
and I couldn't help notice a tear in his eye;
"I've tried," he declared, "to reverse each defeat,
but I fear that today I've become obsolete." 

He slumped out the door and returned to his sleigh,
and these last words he spoke as he went on his way;
"no longer can I do the job that's required;
if anyone asks, just say, 'Santa's retired!'". 

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Texas Style

T'was the night before Christmas, in Texas, you know. 
Way out on the prairie, without any snow. 
Asleep in their cabin, were Buddy and Sue, 
A dreamin' of Christmas, like me and you. 

Not stockings, but boots, at the foot of their bed, 
For this was Texas, what more need be said, 
When all of a sudden, from out of the still night, 
There came such a ruckus, it gave me a fright. 

And I saw 'cross the prairie, like a shot from a gun, 
A loaded up buckboard, come on at a run, 
The driver was "Geein" and "Hawin", with a will, 
The horses (not reindeer) he drove with such skill. 

"Come on there Buck, Poncho, & Prince, to the right, 
There'll be plenty of travelin' for you all tonight." 
The driver in Levi's and a shirt that was red, 
Had a ten-gallon Stetson on top of his head. 

As he stepped from the buckboard, he was really a sight, 
With his beard and moustache, so curly and white. 
As he burst in the cabin, the children awoke, 
And were so astonished, that neither one spoke. 

And he filled up their boots with such presents galore, 
That neither could think of a single thing more. 
When Buddy recovered the use of his jaws, 
He asked in a whisper, "Are you really Santa Claus?" 

"Am I the real Santa? Well, what do you think?" 
And he smiled as he gave a mysterious wink. 
Then he leaped in his buckboard, and called back in his drawl, 
"To all the children in Texas, Merry Christmas, You-all" 


Does anyone know any of the authors of these poems?  I'd love to write them and link to their site, as well as make sure it's okay to use these.  I found them all lised as "anonymous".