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by Mariane Holbrook         

 ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the land

The Sunday School programs were going on as planned.

With candles in windows, a brightly-lit tree,

A scene so exciting the kids squealed with glee.


The girls wore red dresses with bows in their hair.

The boys tried to act as if they didn’t care.

Grandmas wore pins made like jade Christmas trees.

The dads all took pictures; “Okay, kids, say ‘cheese’.”


Each one of the children was given a part.

They memorized lines ‘til they knew them by heart.

But Sally forgot hers and wished she were dead.

She pulled up her skirt and then covered her head.


Then sweet, pregnant Mary appeared in distress.

She’d carried a soccer ball inside her dress.

When somebody pushed her, the ball dropped from view,

And little Lord Jesus rolled under a pew.


And at the piano, so rigid and tight,

Jon played his own version of “Silent Night.”

His tummy was nervous, tied up in a bunch,

And when it was over, he lost his whole lunch.


And two-year-old Jimmy, so young for his age,

Wandered around. (‘Twas his first time on stage.)

A bright copper urn he mistook for a pot

And what he did next; well, I think I forgot.


The Sunday School choir all wore robes of pure white,

With big bows of red; what an angelic sight.

No choir on earth had a sound quite so dear

As moms surreptitiously dabbed at a tear.


The pastor was given a big Christmas check.

His wife usually got only hugs ‘round her neck.

The deacons had bought so much candy and fruit

We needed a truck just to lug home our loot.


And when it was over, our teachers we’d hear:

“Thank God this is held only one time each year.

Perhaps if we rest, read our Bibles and pray,

We’ll halfway recover before Christmas Day.”


Mariane Holbrook is a retired teacher, an author

of two books, a musician and artist. She maintains

a personal website www.marianholbrook.com and

welcomes your Emails at Mariane777@bellsouth.net.


Human Fellowship

Greeting Cards

Christmas Recipes

A Letter From Jesus

The Works Of Christmas

He Is The Light

Free Christmas Tags To Print

Christmas Printables



On the twelfth day of Christmas my human gave to me:

Twelve bags of catnip,

Eleven tasty cat treats,

Ten ornaments hanging,

Nine wads of tissue,

Eight peacock feathers,

Seven stolen Q-tips,

Six feathered balls,

Five milk jug rings,

Four munchy house plants,

Three running faucets,

Two fuzzy mice,

And a hamster in a plastic ball!!

Old-Fashioned Pulled Molasses Candy


  • 1 cup molasses or heavy table syrup
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 T. cider vinegar
  • 3 T. butter
  • additional butter for baking pan, and for your hands

Preparation -
Combine the first 4 ingredents in a saucepan. Stir, while cooking over medium heat until mixture the mixture comes to a boil. Lower heat, and cook, stirring frequently, for about 30 minutes or until thickened. Cooking is complete when a small amount of the candy mixture, about 1/4 teaspoon, quickly becomes brittle when dropped in a cup of cool water. Remove from heat. Stir in the butter. Pour the mixture into a buttered, shallow baking dish. Cool only long enough so the candy can be handled without burning your hands. When the mixture can be handled, with buttered hands, stretch and pull until the candy is a light brown color. Twist the pulled candy into a few rope like pieces. Before the candy cools, use a heavy kitchen shears to cut it into 1" to 1-1/2" long pieces. Cool completely, then wrap individual pieces in waxed paper, and twist on both ends.

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