The other day I found an free printable abridged mad libs version of "The Night Before Christmas" on Celebrations.com. We had to simplify and give some examples of the types of words needed to fill in the blanks, but Ben had a lot of fun with it. I don't think it will be replacing Clement C. Moore any time soon, though!
Twas the night before Christmas when all through the toll-free*
Not a zoo was eating, not even a zebra.
The elephants were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Santa soon would be there.
The children were playing all sung in their beds,
While visions of paper danced in their heads.
When out on the lawn there arose such an oink
I popped from bed to see what was the matter.
When, what to my rough eyes should appear,
But a red sleigh and 10 small reindeer.
With a little shy driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in an instant, it must be Brandy.**
His stomachs, how they twinkled! His dimples, how bumpy!
His cheeks were like spaghetti, his nose like a cheery!
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And read all the stockings, then turned with a jerk
He slid to his sleigh, to his team gave a "Moo! Moo!"
But I heard him exclaim, as he raced out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a quiet night!"
*When we get telemarketer calls and Ben wants to know why we're not answering, we tell him it's a toll-free number. At some point he decided that "Toll-Free" was the actual name of the person calling.
**Brandy is his grandparents' dog. He thought it was hilarious when we read that part!