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Parodies of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Viral spoofs of the Christmas poem also known as 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'

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Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...

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IF THERE is a more parodied poem in the English language than Clement Clarke Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (more popularly known as "The Night Before Christmas"), I don't know what it could possibly be. The meter of "St. Nick" is infectious, its rhyme scheme cheery and simple, its homespun, nostalgic imagery ripe for spoofing. In the spirit of the holiday season (and with apologies to Clement C. Moore), I give you a selection of links to some of the wittier (and in some cases just plain strange) homages I've found.

A Visit from St. Nicholas
(The original poem attributed to Clement C. Moore)
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...

A Beatles Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, but the spirit of Yule
Was not what it should be in olde Liverpool...

A Biker's Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the pad,
There was nada happenin', now thats pretty bad...

A Breastfeeding Night Before Christmas
'Twas a holiday eve and the babe was asleep,
Swaddled tight in his crib he made not a peep...

A Dieter's Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas and all round my hips
Were Fannie May candies that sneaked past my lips...

An Ernest Hemingway Night Before Christmas
It was the night before Christmas. The house was very quiet. No creatures were stirring in the house. There weren’t even any mice stirring...

A Firefighter's Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town
The fire siren echoed, blaring its sound...

A Florida Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town,
No noses were frozen, no snow fluttered down...

A Gambler's Night Before Christmas
'Twas the nite before Christmas, I hit the Casino,
I went there to play, More than just Keno...

A Genealogist's Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even my spouse...

An Intellectual Night Before Christmas
'Twas the nocturnal segment of the diurnal period preceding the annual Yuletide celebration, and throughout our place of residence, kinetic activity was not in evidence among the possessors of this potential, including that species of domestic rodent known as musculus...

A Lawyer's Night Before Christmas
Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a certain improved piece of real property (hereinafter "the House") a general lack of stirring by all creatures therein, including, but not limited to a mouse...

A Lovecraft Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Yuletide, and all through the hole
Not a creature was stirring, not even a Dhole...

A Mom's Night Before Christmas
It was the night before Christmas, when all thru the abode
Only one creature was stirring, and she was cleaning the commode...

The Night Before Hanukkah
'Twas the night before Chanukah, boichiks and maidels
Not a sound could be heard, not even the dreidels...

The Night Before Festivus
'Twas the night before Festivus and all through Queens,
Not a Costanza was yelling...as strange as it seems.

An OBGYN Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, and up on OB
A nurse yelled "Thick mec, I need a delee..."

A Police Officer's Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the streets,
Not a person was stirring, 'cept an officer on the beat.

A Politically Correct Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, and Santa's a wreck...
How to live in a world that's politically correct?

A Programmer's Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before implementation, and all through the house,
Not a program was working not even a browse...

A Redneck Night Before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the trailer
Not a creature was stirrin' 'cept a redneck named Taylor...

A Star Trek Night Before Christmas (I)
'Twas the night before Christmas on the Enterprise-D,
On a routine short hop to Starbase 03...

A Star Trek Night Before Christmas (II)
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the ship
Not a circuit was buzzing, not one microchip...

A Texas Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, in Texas, you know.
Way out on the prairie, without any snow...

A Twitter Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas and all across Twitter
Tweeples eyes were lit, they were all a-glitter.

'Twas the Month Before Christmas
'Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the store,
Each department was dripping with Yuletide decor.

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