TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series The Perfect Gift

TWAS THE NIGHT
BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
AND A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL
AND A DEVOTED CARPENTER
HAD BEEN TRAVELING TO THE
DEVOTED CARPENTER’S HOMETOWN.

NOW THE BEAUTIFUL YOUNG

GIRL WAS ABOUT TO HAVE A BABY
AND THE DEVOTED CARPENTER
WAS HER NEW HUSBAND.
AND SHE HAD BEEN RIDING ON
THE BACK OF A DONKEY FOR
THREE DAYS AND
THREE NIGHTS,
AND SHE WAS SO TIRED SHE
COULD BARELY HOLD HER HEAD UP.

  WHEN THEY GOT TO THE      
   DEVOTED CARPENTER'S      
 HOMETOWN, THERE WAS NO     
 PLACE FOR THEM TO STAY.    

  NOW, BACK THEN, THERE     
 WEREN'T HOTELS ON EVERY    
CORNER, SO THE DEVOTED          
 CARPENTER REMEMBERED A          
 PLACE WHERE THE                 
 ANIMALS STAYED. 
  NOW, IT WASN'T CLEAN.     
     IT WASN'T EVEN         
    MADE FOR PEOPLE,        
     BUT IT WAS THE         
     BEST THEY HAD.         
SO THE DEVOTED CARPENTER    
TOOK THE BEAUTIFUL YOUNG    
  GIRL, AND MADE HER A      
 SOFT PLACE IN THE HAY,     
RIGHT NEXT TO A MOTHER GOAT  
    AND HER THREE LITTLE ONES. 
   WHILE THE BEAUTIFUL      
 YOUNG GIRL LAID THERE,     
  SHE KNEW IT WAS TIME.     
  HER BABY WAS ABOUT TO     
  BE BORN, RIGHT THERE,     
   IN THAT PLACE WHERE      
   THE ANIMALS STAYED.      

NOW, NOT FAR FROM THERE,    
 SOME SHEEP HERDERS WERE    
  WORKING IN THE FIELDS     
MAKING SURE THAT NONE OF    
THEIR SHEEP WANDERED OFF    
SO THEY'D ALL BE READY TO   
      MOVE OUT WHEN         
      MORNING CAME.         

WHILE THE SHEEP HERDERS
WERE SITTING ON THE HILL,
LISTENING TO THE SILENCE
OF THE COUNTRYSIDE,
THEY WERE ALMOST KNOCKED
OVER BY WHAT THEY SAW.

          WHAT DID THEY SEE?
  IT WAS A GREAT ANGEL,     
 RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM,    
 SHINING SO BRIGHT THAT     
 THEY ALMOST HAD TO LOOK    
     AWAY, BUT THEY         
     JUST COULDN'T.         
 AND CHILLS RAN DOWN THE    

SHEEP HERDERS’ SPINES WHEN
THE GREAT ANGEL
BEGAN TO SPEAK.

WHAT DID THE
GREAT ANGEL SAY?
THE GREAT ANGEL SAID,
“DON’T BE AFRAID,
BECAUSE I’M HERE TO TELL
YOU SOMETHING AMAZING.

 RIGHT NOW, IN A LITTLE     
 TOWN NOT FAR FROM HERE,    
  GOD HAS COME DOWN TO      
   EARTH FOR A VISIT."      
  AND THE SHEEP HERDERS    
COULDN'T BELIEVE THEIR EARS.  
       GOD?           
   THE ONE WHO MADE THE 
UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING IN IT?

            DOWN HERE?          
      AND THE GREAT         
    ANGEL SAID, "YES,       
    AND UNBELIEVABLE        
      AS IT SEEMS,          

TONIGHT GOD IS A BABY, AND
HE’S LYING IN A TROUGH IN
A PLACE WHERE
THE ANIMALS STAY.
AND HE’S COME HERE TO GIVE
EVERYONE IN THE WORLD A
GIFT, AND AFTER TONIGHT,
THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE
THE SAME AGAIN.”

   AND WHEN THE GREAT       
    ANGEL SAID THAT,        
  THE SKY WAS SUDDENLY      

FILLED WITH GREAT ANGELS,
TOO MANY FOR THE SHEEP
HERDERS TO COUNT,
AND THE LIGHTS WERE SO
BRIGHT IT LOOKED LIKE THE
MOON HAD EXPLODED.

  AND THE GREAT ANGELS      
    WERE ALL SINGING,       
    LIKE A GIANT ROCK       
   CONCERT IN THE SKY.      

AND THE GREAT ANGELS SANG,
WITH THE VOLUME TURNED ALL
THE WAY UP, “IT’S
TIME TO CELEBRATE!
BECAUSE GOD HAS COME
TO EARTH FOR A VISIT!
BECAUSE GOD CAN
DO ANYTHING!
AND AFTER TONIGHT, THE
WORLD WILL NEVER
BE THE SAME AGAIN!”

 BACK IN THE CARPENTER'S    
  HOMETOWN, THE BABY,      
  THAT WAS GOD COME TO     
   EARTH FOR A VISIT,     
 LAY FAST ASLEEP IN THE    
BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL'S ARMS.  
      AND THE COWS HE CREATED    
        WATCHED HIM SLEEP.       
    AND UP IN THE RAFTERS, THE  
     DOVES HE HAD COVERED WITH   
         FEATHERS WATCHED        
            HIM SLEEP.           
      AND THE DONKEY HE MADE    
        WATCHED HIM SLEEP.   
AND SITTING CLOSE BY, THE  
DEVOTED CARPENTER WATCHED   
HIM SLEEP AS HE WIPED THE   
 BEADS OF SWEAT FROM THE    
     BEAUTIFUL YOUNG        
     GIRL'S CHEEK,         
AND THE CARPENTER THOUGHT   
TO HIMSELF HOW THE WORLD    
     WOULD NEVER BE         
     THE SAME AGAIN,        
  BECAUSE GOD HAD COME      
    DOWN FOR A VISIT.
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