Paul Hansen’s “The Night Before Christmas”

mom-and-dad-christmasThe Night Before Christmas

~A modification of Clement Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas”

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the field,

Stood some shepherds a-watching, while some of them kneeled.

Their campfires were warm in the wintery air,

With hopes that the dawning sun soon would be there.

When out of the sky there arose such a glory,

They sprang to their feet, and heard “The Great Story!!”

For what to their wondering eyes should appear,

But an Angel who told them they “Never should fear—”

“To all people will come the Good News of great joy:

A manger -born Savior! Lord Jesus—a boy!”

Then suddenly Heavenly Hosts with a cry,

Sang praises that echoed and rang thru the sky—

“Now glory to God in the highest of Heaven—

“And peace be to men on Earth is now given!”

To Bethlehem’s manger the shepherds they ran,

Their hearts full of wonder—like any a man.

And there after midnight they found in the shed,

The swaddling-clothed Savior asleep in His bed.

And so, as we celebrate Christmas once more

And purchase the presents and cards by the score;

Let us hear US exclaim, ere we drive out of sight:

“The Lord Jesus, our Savior, was born on that Night!!”

By Pastor Paul R. Hansen

Christmas 1960

(This was written by my dad.)


One Comment Add yours

  1. says:

    Hi Beth,

    I love the poem your Dad wrote.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Where did your Dad minister?

    Merry Christmas!

    Vicki Lang

    Sent from my iPhone

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