The Night Before Christmas 2013


I always seem to have new blog readers joining me so for those of you that are new, this is a tradition at Brian’s Home.  I read a special version of “The Night Before Christmas” to my sisters. And for my regular friends and followers, thanks for putting up with this one more time. Tradition is tradition after all!  There is no photoshop, that is my hat and beard.

Brian's Home, adopt cats, we deserve it!(My sincere apologies to Clement Moore)

Twas the night before Christmas, we’re home in our house,
I thought I saw something, perhaps it’s a mouse.

Our stockings are hung just a bit up the stairs,
I swear I hear something, but I don’t know from where.

Mom and Dad are still sleeping with Zoe and Grace in the bed,
I ought to go wake them cause I saw something red.

Neither sis is moving, and neither is Dad,
I could wakeup mamma, but she might get mad.

When out in the back yard I heard such a crash
I think there’s a neighbor there stealing our trash.

I peeked out the window and tried hard to see,
I just can’t imagine just what it might be.

The moon sure was shinin’ on a wee bit of frost
I’m sure something’s out there, unless it got lost.

Then all of a sudden my eyes focused near, What’s that?  A sled?  Could those be reindeer?
Wait a minute I thought, as I held up my paws, I bet ya that fat guy must be Santa Claus.

The reindeer they saw me so closer they came,
And Santa started shoutin’ and yelled out their name.

He said “Dasher” then “Dancer” then “Prancer and “Vixen”
Then “Comet” then “Cupid” then “Donder” then “Blitzen”!

Then all of a sudden I stuck out my neck,
I just don’t believe it, they flew to the deck.

The dry leaves were rustling and the wind started to blow,
A zippin’, and scootin’ around the sky they did go.

They went to our roof and landed real hard,
And some toys from the sled ended up in the yard.

I heard something weird but it had a good beat,
By golly it’s tapping of those cute reindeer feet.

My tail was tucked in and I started to run,
When he fell down the chimney and started to hum.

It’s that same great big fat man, the one with the beard,
He looked and he winked and then he just sneered.

I think he’s got cat toys in that great big red sack,
I’m starting to like him, I’ll help him unpack.

He knelt to the floor as slow as he could,
I could tell by his eyes that this human was good.

He finally got down and spread out a mat,
Then invited me over and gave me a pat.

He said he likes kitties and all critters too,
I told him I loved him and gave him a mew.

He looked at our tree then opened that sack,
The toys were for us, nope, he can’t have them back!

He sure seemed so nice that I started to purr,
I looked at his pants, they’re all covered with fur.

Wait, here comes Sascha, Dolly, Precious and Kit, I hope that’s not bad,
Cause if they get scared they will wake Mom and Dad.

They came right on in and over they walked,
He said they were pretty, and they started to talk.

He finished unpacking then started to go,
But first said a prayer for Angels Ivan and Moe.

He went to the chimney and stuck out his hand,
Now boy that’s an exit all mighty and grand.

He jumped on his sled and gave the reindeer a shout
And then they took off, just what’s that all about?

You know what he said when the sled pulled away?
“Happy Christmas to kitties, adopt them you may!”

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Molly The Wally
10 years ago

That has made us feel all festive. Nice one.
Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Ann Staub
10 years ago

I think this is my first Christmas following your blog Brian but I just love your poem! Very sweet. And I do love your beard too 🙂 Looks great on you!

Fuzzy Tales
10 years ago

We don’t “put up” with this, Brian, it IS a tradition! 🙂

Merry Christmas to you all. Purrs and kitty kisses.

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal

Lovely CATmas story , Brian !
Wish you a meowmy furry CATmas with lot of joy

10 years ago

Merry Christmas, Brian. Here’s wishing you good health this coming year.

10 years ago

That is so great and we love reading it every year. You kitties are so darn lucky to have such a good Mom and Dad.
A very Merry Christmas to all of you.

The Florida Furkids
10 years ago

That’s a wonderful tradition!!! Merry Christmas!

The Florida Furkids


Brian really seems to be enjoying the beard or hat – what a good sport.

Hannah and Lucy
10 years ago

We always hope this will be on your blog on Christmas Eve. Happy Christmas to you all.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

10 years ago

I look forward to this post every year…. Have a very Merry Christmas!!! Love you all!

10 years ago

Brian, you’re just the best! What a wonderful brother you are. Have a very Merry Christmas, you look great!

10 years ago

Wonderful! This is a great tradition! Merry Christmas Eve!

Sailor Edgar
10 years ago

I enjoyed that very much!

Pat Hatt
10 years ago

Look at you go once more with the flow. Merry Christmas to all at your kitty show

Angel Abby
10 years ago

We enjoy that every Christmas Eve Brian!

Glædelig jul og godt nytår
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Gin and Bailey
Gin and Bailey
10 years ago

We love reading it every year…..& Brian you make a very festive Santa! Merry Christmas Eve!

CCL Wendy
10 years ago

Extremely well done! Thank you Brian. No one could ever tire of such a great story, especially when it’s stars all of you kitties.

By the way, you may get a kick out of the post on Dante’s blog today which is titled: Dante and Sascha: Home for Christmas.


Katie Isabella
Katie Isabella
10 years ago

Oh Brian, I T- Totally LOVED this. VERY much. PLEASE always keep with this tradition.

10 years ago

Dearest Brian
It would NOT be Christmas without Mommy reading your Night Before Christmas to us!!
Sending You and Yours all the Bests wishes for Christmas, from Us and Ours!
Nellie, Kozmo, Jo-Jo and the Hairy Slobbery Sisters – Bob and Cinnamon
and Mommy

da tabbies o trout towne
da tabbies o trout towne
10 years ago

we hi jacked a mobile dee vise two day ta say merry christmas
ta all R werd press palz. merry christmas guys… if we get busted
thiz post be werth it!!!

10 years ago

That’s a great tradition to have, Brian. 🙂
Merry Christmas , everyone!

PS/ We have received your Christmas card. Thank you!

Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Deb, Dan, Harley, Zee, Zoey, Mia, Peanut, Rolz, Kizmet, and our Angel, Mr. Jazz

10 years ago

Merry christmas Love this post,xx Speedy

The OP Pack
10 years ago

Brian, this is our first time hearing your beautiful story – we loved it and we hope to hear it again next year.

We wish you all a very happy and blessed Christmas Day – enjoy!

Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

The Island Cats
10 years ago

We never get tired of your Night Before Christmas, Brian! Merry Christmas Eve!

10 years ago

I love your Christmas tradition, Brian, and I am glad you do it every year!

10 years ago

Thank you for making me smile. And touching my heart all year long.
Merry Christmas!

10 years ago


Merry Christmas to all and to all a GREAT night!
Love, Pam and Sammy

Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom

This is our fave tradition! We wish you the warmest holiday purrs of love and peace. We’re not blogging today but will be back with a Christmas wish tomorrow.

Cathy Keisha
10 years ago

Appaws! Appaws! Thank you for repeating that. It never gets old.

10 years ago

Your Christmas tradition has become one of our traditions, Brian. Merry Christmas, dear ones!

Mag's Corner
10 years ago

Oh, sweet Brian we haven’t and won’t tire of reading it. You sure look cute in your Santa hat and beard you should get extra treats for posing in it for such a nice picture. Merry Christmas so you all our sweet friends. Hugs and nose kisses

Scylla, Socks, Tuiren & Fenris

Oh Brian we never get tired of hearing that story. It is one of our all time favorites.

10 years ago

We always love and enjoy The Night Before Christmas with you Brian! Sending you all the best Christmas wishes for good health for all you kitties and we hope your holidays are really special!

Clooney Claus & Neytiri

Sometimes, Cats Herd You

We love your Christmas tradition! Merry Catmas!

10 years ago

Brian, A great Christmas tradition, especially the part about saying a prayer for the angel kitties. Merry Christmas.

Quill and Greyson
10 years ago

Yippee for tradition! Merry Christmas to you all!!

Sherri-Ellen T-D.
10 years ago

Apawz Apawz Brian!! Diz iz pawsum poo-em ya reecited n me n Mum fink ya iz so clever n smart!! We lub diz tradishun fer shure!!
Merry Catmess frum me Nylablue n Mum to all of ya dere…purrleeze have a guud day n enjoy yer toyz n treetz n bemember we care 😉
Lub Nylablue n Sherriellen Mum xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

10 years ago

I look forward to this tradition every year Brian.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you.

Sue Brandes
Sue Brandes
10 years ago

Loved the story. Merry Christmas.


The Creek Cats
10 years ago

Merry Christmas!!
Maggie May and The Creek Cats

Maxwell, Faraday & Allie

We sure do agree with his parting sentiment! What an adventure Brian!! Meowy Catmas to you all!!

Katnip Lounge
10 years ago

Meowy Catmas!

We are so happy you’re all here and (relatively) healthy!

Eat (ham) drink (cream) and Sniff Nip!!

Love, The Katnip Lounge Kats and Mommy Trish

Angel and Kirby and Max

Merry Christmas

Adan * Lego
10 years ago

Merry Christmas to each one of you~!!

10 years ago

You don’t look real happy in your hat and beard, but you do look cute and I love your story, that is that best Christmas story I have read this year! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Harvey Button
Harvey Button
10 years ago

There is magic here…….

Merry Chtistmas, and thank you.

Harvey, Miranda and Silver

Kitties Blue
10 years ago

Mommy says she can’t get enough of all the various versions of the traditional Christmas stories and songs. They all make her smile. She really liked the end of your version. She was so happy to read in the newspaper today that our local no-kill shelter made 100 adoptions during the holidays. Yippee! Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo