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"Twas the Night Before Christmas"

Story ID:5832
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1946
Person:A Sad Chelsea Kansas Kid
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WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
1945

‘Twas the night before Christmas
In a far off land
6,000 miles from home
At an Army Command.

This young Kansas Farmer
Was thinking of home
With a horrible feeling
Of being all alone

Staring out a window
Listening to the sound
Of piped in Christmas Carols
While a soft snow fell to the ground,

A feeling of loneliness as he
Stared at the Quadrangle below
At the emptiness there
Slowly being covered in snow.

Feeling sad and dejected
With a lump in his throat
Thinking of Christmas at home
While in a letter he wrote

Confessing to his Dad
His feelings of love
How he wished he was home
How the soft snow made him think of,

Those Christmas’s on the farm
With the popcorn strung tree
And being together
With the whole family

Trying hard not to cry
Come on you are a man
Men don’t cry
Here in the Army Command.

He moved to his cot
With a sigh he drifted off to sleep
While praying to the Lord
His soul to keep.

He dreamed of Christmas
When he was a kid
And of all the things
That his family did

On Christmas Eve peeking
Out his bedroom door
Looking for Santa to spread
His toys on the floor

Beneath that Cedar tree
That we had cut down
Out of our timber
Better than the ones in town.

In the morning
There was a toy van
And printed on the side
Was made in Japan.

A dollar watch
Now he was in a bind
He had to learn
How to tell time

Mom came into the room
He awoke with a start
What a beautiful dream
It warmed up his heart.

He turned onto his side
And said to the bare wall
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU MOM
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

S/Sgt. Monte L. Manka
C/O 29th General Hospital
XXIV Corps
APO 901, Seoul, Korea.