desk 3Boy! Are Australians ever keen for writing "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" variations. Kevin Clark wrote the following one from scratch after getting a few different versions from the CleanLaugh list several years ago.

So, thanks for the new material Kevin - debuting on the CleanLaugh list even!

"Yet another Night before Christmas"

'Twas the week before holidays and on my PC
200 emails for me to see.
I got so excited, I fell off my chair -
Somebody loves me, somebody cares.

But, I should have remembered what happened before;
It was the same as last year. Only this time there's more.
I had 200 emails, each with the same theme
It was all way too much, I could almost scream.

Every new message had the same first line
"'Twas the night before (whatever)" for the 200th time.
It seems that each year the creative juices flow,
But after hours of typing there's nothing to show.

So we try to remember and suddenly recall
The only Christmas Rhyme that's known to all.
"I'll write a spoof" we say to our self
As we grab the thesaurus from the dusty bookshelf.

We write about leftovers that we eat for a week;
We write about shopping and our poor aching feet.
There's Christmas in Texas and building the toy house,
All sent to cyberspace at the click of a mouse.

So how about, this year, we do something strange.
We stop sending emails and talk for a change.
Talk to friends or strangers if you like.

By Kevin Clark, Copyright 2003