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Twas the Night Before a Cartwright Christmas 2018

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Part One

 

Twas the night before Christmas and all were prepared

In hopes that the Cartwrights soon would be there;

For the Cartwrights were known for their generous giving

To one and to all with no thought of receiving.

 

Doc Martin sat alone in his medical rooms,

Dreaming of company that might arrive soon.

Miss Dobbs was reading Braille and biding her time,

All the while thinking a visit would be most kind.

 

Roy Coffee and his deputy, young Mister Clem,

Had opened the doors and let out all the men

Who’d been arrested for crimes and slight indiscretions

So they could celebrate Christ’s birth along with the Heavens.

 

And the last that were waiting – and perhaps the most needy –

Were the girls at the Bucket, Belle, Sue, and Mealie.

Hard times had driven these ladies to the dance floor

And they needed hope, like the rest, only more.

 

 

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Back at the ranch house, Christmas Eve day had arrived.

With the boys in their beds and Pa rising at five,

Hop Sing thought he was surely alone,

So imagine his surprise when he heard a deep tone

 

Bellow out ‘Good Morning’ and Happy Christmas Eve to all!

And in came Ben with his three sons, short, middle and tall.

Each one carried a present for their Chinese friend,

Who, after all was much more in the end.

 

For Hop Sing had tended every Cartwright cut and bruise,

Every bloodied nose and bone break, often quite amused

At the antics of these, his beloved adopted sons,

And they wanted to thank him for everything – yes, every one.

 

 

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Now usually Pa had a dress code quite tough

If one ignored it, well, their day was quite rough.

But this morning of all Pa waived it away

And the boys still wore jammies at the height of the day.

 

The tree was up and the garlands aglow.

There was one thing left to do and it fell to Joe

To place on the top of their great fir tree

The little angel he’d made for his Ma at age three.

 

Of course, his brothers had helped as well

And as they stared at the angels their hearts, they did swell

With love and generosity and the desire to give back

To share their home and hearth with those who did lack. 

 

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7 hours ago, mcfair_58 said:

But this morning of all Pa waived it away

And the boys still wore jammies at the height of the day.

This is so ho..ho..ho, brilliant poem and love the pictures.  

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38 minutes ago, Bakerj said:

 

This is so ho..ho..ho, brilliant poem and love the pictures.  

Glad you are enjoying it.  Thank you for your compliments - and everyone else as well!  There's more to come. :xmastree::joe::xmastree:

 

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But before they could leave there was one final task.

The Cartwright boys did it without being asked.

Up to their rooms they flew in a flurry

Dropping PJs and donning their clothes in a hurry,

 

And then outside they went to decorate the house

Hanging greens and goodies to make their Pa proud.

Then back into the house for some hot coffee and coco

Before hitting the road with a jolly ‘ho ho ho!’

 

 

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Onward to Virginia City they flew in a flash.

The big white one hauling them along with their cache

Of goodies and presents and fun stuff for all.

‘The Cartwrights are coming!’ the town crier did call.

 

The first stop was Doc Martin’s, for he was family

Especially since he took care of all three.

A stern look he gave them and mostly for Joe

Whom he warned not to fall or take a tumble in the snow.

 

The Doc opened his present and, of course, he beamed

For they’d brought him enough bandages to last ‘til nineteen-eighteen!

And then with a chuckle, his eyes turned to Joe

And he whispered to Adam, ‘You’ll need them soon, I suppose!’

 

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6. Next to the blind school they flew in a flash

Worthy of Saint Nicholas on a dash.

Little Joe went in on his own for to reach her,

For his brothers knew of his love for his teacher.

 

Miss Dobbs, when she heard him, rose to her feet.

She pushed aside her book and left her seat.

‘Joseph’, she said as a tear touched her eye.

‘Miss Dobbs’ Joe answered while trying not to cry.

 

Miss Dobbs touched his face and Joe leaned into her hand.

She said, ‘I can see you’ve grown into quite a handsome young man.’

Joe gave her the present he had made himself

And she proudly put the lovely angel on her shelf.

 

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6 hours ago, jfclover said:

Nice to see Miss Dobbs again, Marla.

That wagon flew REALLY far to  get to Miss Dobbs, but I couldn't resist using her.  lol  I am still hoping to re-enact The Stillness Within with my Movable Men in the future. :joe::cochise:

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1 minute ago, mcfair_58 said:

That wagon flew REALLY far to  get to Miss Dobbs, but I couldn't resist using her.  lol  I am still hoping to re-enact The Stillness Within with my Movable Men in the future. :joe::cochise:

 

Great idea!  Good ep.  It's always fun to see something after season 6. 

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On 12/14/2018 at 9:43 AM, mcfair_58 said:

Back at the ranch house, Christmas Eve day had arrived.

With the boys in their beds and Pa rising at five,

Hop Sing thought he was surely alone,

So imagine his surprise when he heard a deep tone

 

Bellow out ‘Good Morning’ and Happy Christmas Eve to all!

And in came Ben with his three sons, short, middle and tall.

Each one carried a present for their Chinese friend,

Who, after all was much more in the end.

 

For Hop Sing had tended every Cartwright cut and bruise,

Every bloodied nose and bone break, often quite amused

At the antics of these, his beloved adopted sons,

And they wanted to thank him for everything – yes, every one.

 

 

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I really love this one. That cookie cutter gingerbread man is SO cute.

 

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You get two pics today, so be sure to scroll down.  

 

 

The next stop all three Cartwrights were proud to make

Though it caused Hoss and Little Joe to quake,

For entering the jail was something they’d often done

And sometimes their exit had been hard won.

 

Lucky for them Roy and Clem were outside

Watching the town and the streets come alive

With well-wishers and beautiful ladies and gents,

And so it was there the two got their presents.

 

Only one stop was left and they saved it ‘til last

For the boys were weary and thought a short repast

And a few moments of fun with the Bucket’s gorgeous women

Would be worth it since Pa didn’t expect them ‘til seven.

 

Though they carried in boxes that held china roses,

Their real gift was something right under the women’s noses,

For Pa had sent along a cheery invite

To a party at the Ponderosa – that very night.

 

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At last Hoss, Joe, and Adam were headed for home
Their feet turned to the ranch house, no more to roam.
They’d barely had time set themselves right
When the sound of buggies rolling in took them back into the night.
 
And what to their wondering eyes should appear
But a bevy of beauties adorned in good cheer?
The ladies were cloaked against the chill night,
But even so were an amazing sight.
 
As the festivities began, each man had to choose
From the bevy of beauties – there was no way to lose!
Little Joe was surprised as he took Mealie’s hand,
For her black hair was now golden. She said, ‘You have to understand,
 
‘My ma and pa don’t know what I do.
When I work, I change how I look, but for you
I wanted to be the girl that I am and no other
Since I know I’m accepted by your pa and brothers.”
 
And so with the help of all of their beautiful guests,
The Cartwrights' party at the Ponderosa was a great success.
All too soon it was time for their friends to go home
And home they went, leaving Pa and his boys all alone.
 
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It was Christmas eve and the family was soon in bed

With visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads.

When up on the roof there was a noise and a kickin’

That sent Little Joe down the stairs to the kitchen.

 

And so in their jammies and slippers and robes

The older, wiser Cartwrights followed Little Joe

Out of the door and into the night

And what they found there was quite a sight.

 

Joe’d left his coat, hat, and gloves inside

And was standing in the snow, a pail of carrots at his side.

“It’s Santa and his reindeer!” he declared with glee.

“I know it!  I know it that they’re there!  Don’t you see?”

 

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