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Nov 17, 2010
'Twas the night before Christmas & out on the ranch,

The pond was froze over & so was the branch.

The snow was piled up belly-deep to a mule,

The kids were all home, on vacation from school.

And happier young folks you never did see-

Just all sprawled around a-watchin' TV.

Then suddenly, some time around 8 o'clock,

There came a surprise that gave them a shock!

The power went off, the TV went dead,

Then Grandpa came in from out in the shed.

With an armload of wood, the house was all dark.

"Just what I expected," they heard him remark.

"Them power line wires must be down from the snow.

Seems sorter like times on the ranch long ago."

"I'll hunt up some candles," said Mom, "With their light,

And the fireplace, I reckon we'll make out all right."

The teen-agers all seemed enveloped in gloom,

Then Grandpa came back from a trip to his room.

Uncased his old fiddle, & started to play,

That old Christmas song about bells on a sleigh.

Mom started to sing, & 1st thing they knew,

Both Pop & the kids were all singing it too.

They sang Christmas carols, they sang "Holy Night,"

Their eyes all a-shine in the ruddy firelight.

They played some charades Mom recalled from her youth,

And Pop read a passage from God's Book of Truth.

They stayed up till midnight-and, would you believe,

The youngsters agreed 'twas a fine Christmas Eve.

Grandpa rose early, some time before dawn;

And when the kids wakened, the power was back on.

"The power company sure got the line repaired quick,"

Said Grandpa - & no one suspected his trick.

Last night, for the sake of some old-fashioned fun,

He had pulled the main switch - the old Son-of-a-Gun!
We should all be this smart! Merry Christmas, and in the hustle and bustle of the shopping,

Take time to remember what Christmas is really about! God Bless you and your family!



Nov 26, 2012
Awesome awesome story!! May I use it as a post on Facebook? Credit would be given. I think this is a good reminder.
Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong decade.



New member
Dec 18, 2012
Thank you Yuri for sharing this! I would love to have a cabin out in the woods with a fireplace and wood cookstove with no electricity. Ahhh. The only problem would be getting me to ever leave that spot.



Nov 11, 2010
Great story we sometimes forget that we don't always need modern gadgets to have a good time.



Preferred Member
Sep 23, 2012

What a great post , God Bless us all, everyone .



Preferred Member
Jun 13, 2012
Merry Christmas everyone! I truly appreciate the friendship and wisdom found on these forums. Have a great day! :puffy:



Nov 2, 2011
Great poem Yuri! The funny thing our tradition is to turn off the tech on Christmas eve and sit around our wood burning fireplace. We just talk and snack and generally spend time together. No singing or fiddle playing though.

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