With apologies to Clement C. Moore.......
'Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Except for a mouse -
Who came out of his hole
And went straight to his work.
He ate all the candy, he was a real jerk!
When out on the lawn I heard such a noise,
I jumped out of bed, and fell over the toys.
I looked out the window and what did I see -
The partridge had fallen out of the pear tree.
As I turned and tripped back across the floor,
I heard another sound, just outside my door.
I though I should look, but I was full of fright,
So I crept back to bed and pulled the covers up tight.
I thought I could sleep, but that wasn't to be,
'Cause the mouse was still crunching on the candy.
Then, I heard ol' Santa and all his reindeer,
Heard him shout "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year".
Then he yelled something else as he drew out of sight --
It sounded like, "I'm glad I only have to do this one night -
Rudolph, put that partridge back up in the tree,
And let's go home, I need a hot cup of tea!"