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T'was the night before Christmas and it was heavily snowing The windows in the house rattled with the wind that was blowing Santa looked out through the window and it filled him with dread He was in two minds whether or not to go back to his bed. "You will do no such thing", Mrs Claus said with a frown "kids the world over are expecting you, don't let them down" Santa swore softly under his breath and then headed outside And felt dread knowing it was going to be one hell of a ride. He put the harness on the reindeer with Rudolph at the front Who showed his great displeasure and gave a loud grunt The elves brought out presents and loaded them on the sleigh Santa heaved himself aboard and they were soon on their way. The sleigh was being pummelled to the left and to the right Santa had to hold on the reins tightly with all his might Visability was minus zero he couldn't see a darn thing Which town he'd arrive at first he had no way of knowing. He put down the sleigh in a field to work out his location But the wind was flapping his map adding to his frustration For the first time in his long life he was feeling sad and alone Then he heard jingle bells which was the ringtone on his phone. He took the phone out of his pocket and said "Hello ho ho ho" "This is the FBI" a voice said "there's something you should know The Grinch is controlling the weather and he's got a machine Wants to derail Christmas and for kids to say he hasn't been". "But we've located the signal it's transmitting from his hideout We're sending a predator drone to take him and his machine out We'll keep you updated and we will save Christmas day The Grinch won't get away with this and we'll make him pay". Santa filled his clay pipe with baccy and was puffing away But he was worried if he failed and what Mrs Claus would say Then an hour later Jingle Bells played again, it was the FBI Who told Santa the Grinch is no more and you can take to the sky. Santa glanced upwards and it had now stopped snowing And the hurricane force wind from earlier had also stopped blowing He cracked his whip and then shouted "Rudolph lead the way" And added "full speed ahead or it will be soon Christmas Day". They moved as quickly as they could calling to every city and town Santa had a big smile on his rosy cheeks and no longer a frown He delivered all the presents and then headed, to Pennsylvania Avenue To deliver champagne to the FBI as his way of saying' thank you'. He arrived back at the North Pole as the sun was starting to rise Mrs Claus was standing in the doorway, it was a lovely surprise She said" Merry Christmas darling Santa and how did your trip go?" He said" but for our friends in the FBI I would have been a no show". He unbridled the reindeer and put them into their warm stable Then he placed carrots and sweet treats for them on a low table He walked the short distance to his house and then went inside And poured himself a large brandy and sat by the fireside. Mrs Claus brought him some breakfast of pancakes and coffee Then she put on her favourite Christmas song by Bing Crosby Santa was now very relaxed and sitting, in his chair contentedly Knowing every child worldwide would find presents under the tree. Meanwhile in the town of Whoville something strange was occurring Under great mounds of rubble an angry green creature was stirring T'was the Grinch who'd managed to survive the missile attack And with a loud bellowing voice roared, "next Christmas I'll be back". (The FBI headquarters is in Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC. ) Written on 1st December 2022 For The Night Before 3 Poetry Contest Sponsored By Joseph May.

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Date: 12/28/2022 4:23:00 PM
Big Congrats and I see Milt had commented on this one. I want to find one of my last ones that Milt commented on. i sure miss him.
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Date: 12/29/2022 3:35:00 AM
Thank you very much Andrea, seems strange seeing comments from poets no longer here. Tom
Date: 12/24/2022 6:39:00 AM
You tell a great story Tom, Congrats on your win, Very nicely penned, Merry Christmas
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Date: 12/24/2022 6:50:00 AM
Thank you very much Joseph, I'm happy you enjoyed it. Thanks too for hosting the contest. Merry Christmas to you too. Tom
Date: 12/19/2022 11:40:00 AM
The master storyteller is at it again. A wonderful write. Love It. Have a great day.....................
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Date: 12/19/2022 12:48:00 PM
Thank you very much Paula, im happy you enjoyed it. The FBI saved the day. Tom
Date: 12/7/2022 10:03:00 AM
Great write with imagery and feeling. Enjoyed reading, Tom. Grinch is a bad guy :) You're a great story teller. Merry Christmas
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Date: 12/7/2022 10:33:00 AM
Thank you very much Eve, I'm happy you enjoyed the story and humour. And a very happy Christmas to you too. Tom
Date: 12/6/2022 8:26:00 PM
Very creative, Tom:)
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Date: 12/6/2022 11:15:00 PM
Thank you very much Jo, hope it wasnt too long. Tom
Date: 12/4/2022 2:14:00 PM
Fantastic fun, Tom! You're a treasure! Elizabeth
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Date: 12/6/2022 8:38:00 AM
Thank you very much Elizabeth, sorry for the late reply. I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. Best thing is, Christmas saved, for now lol. Tom
Date: 12/4/2022 9:48:00 AM
Tom, I love reading your stories! You always educate me and make me laugh or sometimes almost cry. You have a brilliant fertile mind and we are so grateful for you! Happy holiday Season to you and yours. Hugs, Susan :)
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Date: 12/4/2022 10:49:00 AM
Thank you very much Susan, I'm happy that you enjoyed the humour, the main thing is Christmas was saved, sadly in real life there are Grinch's who would love to derail Christmas, they'll never succeed. I hope you too and your family have wonderful happy holiday season. Tom
Date: 12/3/2022 8:26:00 AM
Tom, your story telling capacity is amazing and rhyme comes to all your poems, long or short, as easy as water being siphoned from a jar. Into my FAVE.
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Date: 12/3/2022 10:15:00 AM
Thank you very much for your lovely comment Valsa. I try and write one of the night before Christmas poems every year. The original poem has 56 lines and this year I managed it. Hope your weekend is going well. Tom
Date: 12/2/2022 9:02:00 AM
I really enjoyed this, Tom. You are a master at tale-telling, and I always enjoy how you make your lines rhyme. The flow is just right for the "Twas the Night Before Christmas" feel. Good job, my friend.
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Date: 12/2/2022 9:18:00 AM
Thank you very much Milton, I'm happy that you enjoyed it. The original had 56 lines and I managed to match it this year for the first time. I like to write one every Christmas but haven't written one as long as this, Hope it isn't too long, I don't want to bore the pants off people lol. Tom
Date: 12/2/2022 6:11:00 AM
Lotsa smoke in this one! Happy Holidays, dear one!
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Date: 12/2/2022 9:12:00 AM
Thank you very much Kim, sadly the Grinch survived, maybe the. FBI should send another drone lol Happy holidays to you and yours Kim. Tom
Date: 12/2/2022 4:03:00 AM
This is great, Tom. You are a master at story/telling my friend. Love to read your writes. Thanks for the morning smiles. Hope all is well...Charlie
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Date: 12/2/2022 9:11:00 AM
Thank you very much Charlie, I'm glad you enjoyed the story. All well here and I hope you are too. Enjoy your weekend Tom.
Date: 12/2/2022 3:33:00 AM
Good Morning Tom. Hello. What can be said for such a masterpiece as this. Truly you are very skilled with writing expression storytelling and much more. We are all in this as we read on. That is a credit to your talent. It was an honor turning to your page this morning. Thank you for taking us along for this event. And yes, it was beautiful and great that you incorporated Mrs. Claus which I loved that touch. Have a wonderful day. Blessings always. (smile)
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Date: 12/2/2022 9:09:00 AM
Thank you very much Lisa, im pleased that you enjoyed it. Behind every successful man is a woman and in Santas case Mrs Claus, but for her I'm sure he would have gone back to bed..lol. Tom
Date: 12/2/2022 2:05:00 AM
Captivating story that is mesmerizing the reader and makes him pray never to end, dearest Tom. A Fave. Blessings.
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Date: 12/2/2022 2:35:00 AM
Thank you very much Demetrios, I'm happy that you enjoyed it, thanks too for faving it. Tom
Date: 12/2/2022 12:06:00 AM
Tom you are a master storyteller so clever….a riveting tale. You should publish your stories…..Debx
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Date: 12/2/2022 12:18:00 AM
Thank you very much Deb, happy you enjoyed the humour. Its something I've thought about, just need a big nudge lol. Tom
Date: 12/1/2022 5:06:00 PM
Tom you are simply amazing, love this Santa story… Belle
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Date: 12/1/2022 5:13:00 PM
Thank you very much Belle, im happy that you enjoyed it. The best of it is Christmas is saved. Tom
Date: 12/1/2022 1:31:00 PM
Tom, your tale is, as always, really fascinating. The intricate plan was expertly carried out with the assistance of the FBI.
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Date: 12/1/2022 1:53:00 PM
Thank you very much Lasaad, I'm happy you enjoyed the story. Christmas was saved, well for this year anyway. Hope alls well with you. Tom
Date: 12/1/2022 1:14:00 PM
So much fun Tom! Creative! Unique! Innovative! This would be a fun blog told over time the story is so engaging. Over Fork Over. Happy Yuletide!
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Date: 12/1/2022 1:52:00 PM
Thank you very much Sam, I had fun writing it, had to Google where the Grinch lived although I've seen the movie, im glad you enjoyed it. Hope you're well. Over Fork Over. Tom
Date: 12/1/2022 12:48:00 PM
Great story. Your poetry is fabulous.
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Date: 12/1/2022 1:51:00 PM
Thank you very much Victor, im pleased you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 12/1/2022 12:34:00 PM
- You outclass all Christmas stories, Tom ... I don't understand where all this comes from :))) - You are the best ... (but don't tell Santa) - hugs
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Date: 12/1/2022 1:50:00 PM
Thank you very much Anne , I don't either, I get an idea and it just grows from there. Glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 12/1/2022 12:10:00 PM
Wow what a story Tom. Loved it from start to finish. This should do amazingly well in the contest. Definitely a favorite for me.
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Date: 12/1/2022 12:17:00 PM
Thank you very much Wendy, I'm happy that you enjoyed it. Thanks too for faving it. Tom
Date: 12/1/2022 12:01:00 PM
Whatever suits your fancy at the moment, Tom, you always do justice to your storytelling yarns. I think you wrote this to get back into Santa's good graces after all the limericks you've been posting to shame him. LOL JK. This is a grand escapade and wonderfully fun to read! Love your picture, too. I'll not be posting those any longer since my premier privileges are over at 2 am, but it sure was fun to find good ones to accompany writes, especially limericks. It ticks me off that all those I've posted thus far will be deleted by admin. since they were paid for. One more flaw from my view.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 12/1/2022 5:52:00 PM
Lol Tom. You wanna threaten the FBI with me? Ok. I’ll take em.
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Date: 12/1/2022 1:55:00 PM
Lol, I'll do better than that, you guys heard of Jenna 'Winchester' logan, that should do it.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 12/1/2022 1:12:00 PM
If the FBI questions you, just show them your mayor's badge. lol
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Date: 12/1/2022 12:16:00 PM
Thank you Jenna, our tree is looking quite bare around the base and it hit me that I might be on his naughty list lol. Hopefully I've put things right haha. I think Mr Flood has gone to ground after my wanted dead or alive Lim, My first premier was gifted by someone anonymous then when I was on holiday a few years back they had a special offer for lifetime and as I was working could afford it then. The picture I created myself using change background software. Hope the FBI don't mind me using their badge. Tom
Date: 12/1/2022 11:56:00 AM
Bravo Tom! What a hilarious yarn, like an international thriller starring: Tom Arnold as Santa, Jim Carrey as the Grinch, and last but not least, Andrew McCabe of the FBI. Mrs. Claus in a "blah" supporting role. Lol. What a night. Whew! Very funny!...ab
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Date: 12/1/2022 12:05:00 PM
Thank you very much Anselmo, I'm happy that you enjoyed the story, I know many don't care too much for epic poems, but I just kept going when your muse fires ideas you just got to get them on paper or they're gone forever. Tom
Date: 12/1/2022 11:45:00 AM
A story well spun as always, Tom. Skillfully executed with twists and turns and the FBI.
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Date: 12/1/2022 12:02:00 PM
Thank you very much Vijay, wanted to match the original night before of 56 lines, this is the first Christmas I've done it, can retire from poetry now lol. Glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 12/1/2022 11:36:00 AM
Tom, you REALLY know how to tell a story. Great! Janice
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Date: 12/1/2022 12:00:00 PM
Thank you very much Janice, im glad you enjoyed the humour. Tom
Date: 12/1/2022 11:03:00 AM
haha. So funny at the end. Like Arnold S. when he says, "I'll be back!" nicely done, Tom
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Date: 12/1/2022 12:00:00 PM
Thank you very much Andrea, lol I had thought of making a reference to Arni, wasn't sure if folks would get it. Tom
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