The night before Catmas 2011


Clement Clarke Moore’s poem The Night Before Christmas has long been a favorite of mine. Several years ago, I came across a delightful little book titled The Night Before Cat-Mas, an adorable parody of the original that I read to my cats every year on Christmas Eve. Yes, I do silly things like that.

There are several versions online, and no attribution for any of them. The one I found on The Cat Site comes closest to the book, so I’d like to share it with you here today, on this Christmas Eve.

Twas the night before Catmas
When all through the house
Not an animal was stirring,
Not even the mouse.

The kitties were snuggled
And tucked in their beds,
While visions of cat goodies
Danced in their heads.

Their stockings were hung
By the cat bowls with care,
In hope that Father Catmas
Soon would be there.

Out on the rooftop
There arose such a hissing,
I knew Father Catmas
Was having trouble parking.

I jumped on the couch,
Stuck my nose to the curtain.
“Here he is!”, I purred
“It is him, I’m certain.”

What to my deep blue eyes
Should appear,
But Father Catmas himself
In his Catsled gear.

He purred and he purred,
But through the kitty door he went,
Then stopped and smelled the air
As he picked up a scent.

The cat cookies we left him
Were by the back door.
The kitties had baked them
Not an hour before.

He went about his work
With never a sigh,
Filling the stockings
With toys piled high.

He waved at me
With his mighty paw.
Although I was hiding,
‘Twas my little nose he saw.

Out the kitty door he went
In oh such a rush,
Jumped on his catsled
And yelled out, “MUSH!”

The eight Maine Coon cat team
Were raring to go.
They hated ‘stand stay’,
Especially in the snow.
I could hear him hissing
As he disappeared that night,
“Merry Catmas to all!
OK team, turn rrrrright!”

Mews and Nips will return after the holidays.

Photo of Allegra ©Ingrid King

18 Comments on The night before Catmas 2011

  1. caren gittleman
    December 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm (8 years ago)

    this was a wonderful version, for another adorable version check out the one that Brian had on his blog…it is another sweet one!

    • Ingrid
      December 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm (8 years ago)

      I’ll have to check that out, Caren.

  2. Esme
    December 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm (8 years ago)

    Merry Christmas Ingrid, to you and the girls.

    • Ingrid
      December 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm (8 years ago)

      Merry Christmas to you and Penelope and Magellan!

  3. Julia Williams
    December 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm (8 years ago)

    Hahahaha!! That was a pure delight. I esp. liked the 8 Maine Coon “reincat” team. Merry Catmouse to you and your crew.

    • Ingrid
      December 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm (8 years ago)

      On second thought, we’re probably all lucky that Santa didn’t use cats, Julia… Merry Christmas!

  4. Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101
    December 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm (8 years ago)

    Allegra is looking so sweet and patient, I hope that gorgeous red gift is for her. This is my favorite version of the poem too. Sending you Allegra and Ruby mega-headbonks & purrs for peace, love and happiness!

    • Ingrid
      December 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm (8 years ago)

      Allegra can’t wait to open her presents. Merry Christmas to you and your boys!

  5. Katnip Lounge
    December 24, 2011 at 11:03 am (8 years ago)

    I can’t read this to my kitties–they’ll want to know why they don’t get stockings! ingrates…ha ha ha!

    Meowy Katmas from the Horde at the Katnip Lounge!

    • Ingrid
      December 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm (8 years ago)

      LOL Trish! Merry Christmas to you and the gang!

  6. maru
    December 24, 2011 at 10:59 am (8 years ago)

    May you -all of you- have a wonderful Christmas, full of light and love.

    • Ingrid
      December 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm (8 years ago)

      A joyful and merry Christmas to you, too, Maru!

  7. Sammy, One Spoiled Cat
    December 24, 2011 at 7:33 am (8 years ago)

    Oh Miss Ingrid, Mom just read me the poem and I love it!! What a nice way to start my Christmas Eve. Love the picture of Allegra too, regally guarding the presents. We hope you, Allegra and Ruby have the BESTEST Christmas ever and thanks for your kind comments on MY blog this year too – we’ve enjoyed getting to know all of you.

    Christmas Cat Hugs……….Sammy (and his Mom)

    • Ingrid
      December 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm (8 years ago)

      I’m glad you enjoyed the poem, Sammy and Pam! Christmas hugs and purrs to you!

  8. Jilian
    December 24, 2011 at 7:05 am (8 years ago)

    This is so cute I can’t believe it! I didn’t know there was a kitty version. I will have to read this to my cats tonight before we go to bed. Merry Christmas to you, Allegra, and Ruby!

    • Ingrid
      December 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm (8 years ago)

      I hope your kitties enjoy the reading, Jilian. Merry Christmas!

  9. Mr Puddy
    December 24, 2011 at 2:04 am (8 years ago)

    Hoo ! Hoo ! Hoo ! …Merry Christmas !!!!
    I wish you and your family have a very best time and lots of presents

    Puddy and Mom Boom

    • Ingrid
      December 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm (8 years ago)

      Merry Christmas to you, too, Mr. Puddy!


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