The reindeer were sneezing and so was the mouse,
The stockings were hung by kids everywhere,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
But Rudolf was nestled all snug in his bed
While visions of headache danced all over his head,
Mrs. Claus shook her head - it was just a cold (perhaps?)
“NO! NO! NO! “ Wailed Santa about to collapse;
Santa moaned “Christmas Eve, that’s what’s the matter,
How can I give gifts without reindeer clatter?
All the reindeer have caught a fever in a flash,
And NOW is the time for the Christmas Eve dash”.
He looked bleakly outside at the new fallen snow
The moon gave mid-day luster to objects below.
When what to Santa’s surprised eyes should appear,
But his own lovely sleigh with eight fuzzy cats near;
They all frolicked and played so lively and quick,
An idea occurred to the stressed St. Nick;
“With Christmas magic these cats can be game!”
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name;
“Now Pumpkin, now Muffy, now Felix and Nixen,
Come Cubby, come Cupid, come Meow-Meow and Kitzen!
To the elfs for sprinkles of flying dust on all
You will save Christmas Eve” (and such a close call!)
He harnessed the Kitties, they were ready to fly,
As the excitement mounted they took to the sky;
So up to the house top those kittens they flew
With a sleigh full of toys and St. Nicholas too.
A wink of Santa’s eye, and a twist of his head,
Around the world on Christmas Eve they sped.
Santa spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
He filled all the stockings with plenty of perk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
He gave the cats a nod, to the sky they rose!
The cats saved the day, Santa gave them a whistle,
He thanked them with gifts of catnip and thistle
They heard Santa exclaim to everyone in his sight;
“Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!”
Adaption of the Night before Christmas by
Catherine Darling Hostetter