Funny Versions of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"

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'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The holiday poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas," better known as "The Night Before Christmas," has delighted children and adults alike for years—and so have some very funny parodies. These comedic riffs on the Christmas classic will have you laughing like Santa Claus.

Background

The original version of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" was published in 1823 in a Troy, New York, newspaper. When it first appeared two days before Christmas, it was unattributed.

In the coming years, as the poem's popularity grew, several writers would claim to be its author, including Clement Clarke Moore, a classics professor, writer, and friend of author Washington Irving.

Moore published his own version of the poem, said to have been inspired by a Christmas shopping trip years earlier, in 1844. He also would occasionally give autographed versions of the poem to friends. In recent years, some scholars have contended that an acquaintance of Moore's, Henry Livingston, Jr., is the true author, but these claims, based on textual analysis of both men's writing, has been controversial.

Parody Versions

Nearly everyone can recite the opening lines of "A Visit From St. Nicholas" by heart.

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...

The following parodies of "The Night Before Christmas" all follow the same basic structure.

Find your favorite and amuse your friends while you sit around the Christmas tree.

A Beatles Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, but the spirit of Yule

Was not what it should be in olde Liverpool...

A Beatnik Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the pad

Not a hepcat was swinging and that's nowhere, dad...

A Biker's Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the pad,

There was nada happenin', now that's pretty bad...

A Dieter's Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all 'round my hips

Were Fannie May candies that sneaked past my lips...

A Facebook Night Before Christmas

'Twas Christmas on Facebook, when all through the house

Every parent was posting, and clicking their mouse...

A Hippie Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house

Things were real mellow... even Irving, the Mouse.

An Intellectual Night Before Christmas

'Twas the nocturnal segment of the diurnal period preceding the annual Yuletide celebration,

and throughout our place of residence, kinetic activity was not in evidence among the possessors of this potential,

including that species of domestic rodent known as musculus...

A Lawyer's Night Before Christmas

Whereas, on or about the night prior to Christmas, there did occur at a certain improved piece of real property (hereinafter "the House")

a general lack of stirring by all creatures therein, including, but not limited to a mouse...

A Lovecraft Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Yuletide, and all through the hole

Not a creature was stirring, not even a Dhole...

The Night Before Hanukkah

'Twas the night before Chanukah, boichiks and maidels,

Not a sound could be heard, not even the dreidels...

A Politically Correct Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, and Santa's a wreck...

How to live in a world that's politically correct?

A Redneck Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the trailer

Not a creature was stirrin' 'cept a redneck named Taylor...

A Star Trek Night Before Christmas 

Twas the night before Christmas on the Enterprise-D,

On a routine short hop to Starbase 03...

A Texas Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, in Texas, you know.

Way out on the prairie, without any snow...

A Twitter Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all across Twitter

Tweeples eyes were lit, they were all a-glitter.

'Twas the Month Before Christmas

'Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the store,

Each department was dripping with Yuletide decor.