I originally wrote this a few years back. Enjoy....again.
'Twas a few nights before Christmas, when in my crazy house
All my creatures were stirring, chasing a stuffed toy mouse;
The stockings were piled up in a heap on the chair,
In the hopes that maybe I would hang them with care;
The teenager was nestled all snug in his bed,
He was supposed to be sleeping, but playing Nintendo instead;
And papa in his boxers, and I in my flannels,
Wishing he would stop yapping, and that I had more T.V. channels;
When out in the living room there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter;
Away through the kitchen I flew like a flash,
Flipped on the light switch and just had to gasp;
The glare of lights on the side of the newly fallen tree,
Gave the look of daylight on the scattered ornaments everywhere I could see;
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
One of my dogs chewing on the head of a tiny reindeer;
With a flip of the tongue, all wet and so slick,
I knew in a moment that the rest of the ornament would go down just as quick;
More rapid than eagles, her cohorts they came,
As I tried to whistle and call them back by name;
Here Mazzy, here Daisy, here Harpo, here J,
Stop Nikki, stop Wurther, stop Fitz, stupid cats, your just getting in the way!
Get in the kitchen! Get away from the tree!
Now, come here right now! Lets go outside to go pee!
With paws slipping and sliding on the slick hardwood floor,
Like a furry tornado they raced for the door;
So out to the backyard they ran and they flew,
To sniff at the grass and perhaps something else to chew;
And then I heard a sharp tinkling coming from the living room,
The meowing and hissing filled me with doom;
As I called in the dogs and was turning around,
The cats screeched out of the living room with a jump and a bound;
They were covered in tinsel from head to foot,
And their fur was all wet from the water in the stand I had put;
A bundle of lights were all wadded up behind them,
dragged into the kitchen; lighting up their hind ends.
Their eyes--how they narrowed! The hisses were scary!
Their fur was standing upright, the lights an unwanted load to carry!
Their little mouths were drawn back in a hiss,
The tails of each of one of them, doing nothing but swish, swish;
The end strand of lights was held tight in Wurther's teeth,
and a piece of the tree encircled Fitz like a wreath;
Nikki was pissed, and howled insistently,
Since he still couldn't untangle himself from the tree;
Mazzy thought it was a game, and began to jump,
Grabbed the strand of lights, and her tail wagged with a thump;
With a gleeful look in her eye and a twist of her head,
What I foresaw filled me with much dread;
She made not a sound, just went right to work,
looked me right in the eye, and pulled the lights with a jerk;
The tree came the rest of the way down, hitting her on the nose,
she howled and jumped back, up onto the couch she arose;
I sprang into action and tried to call the pets with a whistle,
But they all shot under the bed, flying like a missile;
As I heard my husband exclaim as he took in the sight,
"What happened to the tree?! Didn't we put it in the stand right?"