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Night Before Christmas

Night Before Christmas

T'was the night before Christmas,
And all through the barn,
All the creatures were sleeping,
All safe, snug and warm.
The feed pails were hung
By the stall doors with care,
In the hopes that St. Nicholas
Soon would be there.
The ponies were nestled
All warm in there beds,
While visions of carrot cakes
Danced through their heads.
The Arabs, the Thoroughbreds
And even the Apps,
The jumpers and hunters were
All taking naps.
When out in the paddock
There arose such a clatter
I awoke in my stall
To see what was the matter.
I moved to the window
Quick as I could
To see where the noise
Came from, if I could.
The sight I beheld
As I gazed out that night
Was a beautiful horse
All whiter than white.
He wore a red blanket
So nice to behold,
His hooves how they sparkled
All glittery-gold.
With swift certain motions
To our barn he came,
And silvery moonlight
Danced from his mane.
More rapid than racers
His hoofbeats they came,
And he neighed and he snorted
And called us by name.

He was our Christmas,
A ghost-horse of white,
Who has come to all horses,
Since that one special night.
Who served man so well,
Especially those with whom
A baby did dwell.
For those special horses
who shared stable and stall,
To give comfort and warmth
To the Savior of us all.
Now thinking of them,
He entered the door,
To distribute among us
His gifts and more.
Down the aisle he came
His hoofbeats so light,
And he stopped by each stall
In our stable that night.
Gifts he did give
To all in our barn,
More heart or more courage,
Or to be free from harm.
He spoke not a word
But went straight to his work,
And he filled all the feed pails
Then turned with a jerk.
And nickering softly
On gold hooves so bright,
And giving a nod
He went into the night.
And I heard him neigh
As he went out of sight,
Merry Christmas to all,
And to all a Good Ni-i-i-i-ight!
                 (Author Unknown)

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