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Old 12-07-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas back home on the farm
The cattle were chewing their cuds in the barn
The feed bags were hung by the mangers with care
In case Old St. Nicholas chanced to stop there.

The heifers were nestled all snug in their stalls
While visions of summertime danced 'cross the walls.
Well, me in my slippers, and Ma in her smock
Had just finished filling our little one's sock.
When out in the barnyard there rose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew in a fright,
Turned on the yard light, and peered through the night.

The moon's mystic light on the snow-covered scene
Made the countryside look like a fog-shrouded dream;
When, what sailed right under some low hanging boughs
But a miniature sleigh, and eight undersized cows.

With a little old driver so lively and quick
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More strongly than tractors his little cows came,
And he whistled and 'so-bossed' and called them by name.

'Now Dolly! Now Debbie! Now Pammie and Flossie!
On Cora! On Countess! On Dinah and Bossie!
To the top of the barn, to the front of the stall
Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!

So on past the milk house those tiny cows flew
With a sleigh full of gifts, and St. Nicholas, too.
I saw them descend on the roof of the barn
So I dashed from the house, eyes wide with alarm.

As I fastened the door and was turning around,
Down the hay chute St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed in blue denim from collar to cuff,
And his clothes were all covered with hayseeds and stuff.

His pocket revealed a bright kerchief of red,
A farmer-type cap perched way back on his head.
It suddenly struck me, I think you'll agree,
He's a miniature version of you or of me.

He put down his bundle with lightning-like speed
And he looked like a dairyman opening some feed.
His eyes how they flashed when he opened his pack
And pulled out some gifts for the heifers out back.

Some glass for the window that lets in the breeze,
A coil for the pipes so the water won't freeze.
More grain for the milk cows, some straw for the stalls,
Lime for the alleys to stop those bad falls.

Semen from sires with a thousand plus---
Things that make cows as happy as us.
He spoke not a word but went straight to his work,
And filled all the feed bags, then turned with a jerk.

And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the hay chute he rose.

I stood there a moment, my head hung in shame,
I'd forgotten my cows when this Christmastime came.
So, I patted Old Bessie as I turned out the light,
Happy Christmas, you cows, and to all a Good Night.

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Old 12-07-2011, 06:24 PM   #2
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Outstanding. Betty and I sent out no cards this year. wishing all of the HTC a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
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