12/24/20 Christmas Eve Grif.Net – On a Wyoming Ranch

12/24/20 Christmas Eve Grif.Net – On a Wyoming Ranch

‘Twas the night before Christmas and out on the ranch

The pond was froze over and so was the branch.


The snow was piled up belly-deep to a mule.

The kids were all home on vacation from school, =


And happier young folks you never did see,

Just all sprawled around a-watchin’ TV.


Then suddenly, sometime around 8 o’clock,

there came a surprise that gave them a shock –


The power went off, the TV went dead!

When Grandpa came in from out in the shed


With an armload of wood, the house was all dark. =

‘Just what I expected,’ they heard him remark. =


‘Them power line wires must be down from the =

Seems sorter like times on the ranch long =


‘I’ll hunt up some candles,’ said Mom. ‘With their light, =

And the fireplace, I reckon we’ll make out all =


The teen-agers all seemed enveloped in gloom.

Then Grandpa came back from a trip to his =


Uncased his old fiddle and started to play

That old Christmas song about bells on a =


Mom started to sing, and first thing they knew =

Both Pop and the kids were all singing it, too. =


They sang Christmas carols, they sang ‘Holy =

Their eyes all a-shine in the ruddy firelight. =


They played some charades Mom recalled from her youth, =

And Pop read a passage from God’s Book of Truth. =


They stayed up till midnight-and, would you believe, =

The youngsters agreed ’twas a fine Christmas Eve. =


Grandpa rose early, some time before dawn;

And when the kids wakened, the power was back on. =


‘The power company sure got the line repaired quick,’ =

Said Grandpa – and no one suspected his trick. =


[Last night, for the sake of some old-fashioned fun, =

Grandpa pulled the main switch – the old =



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