With only four shopping days left until Christmas, country stars are delivering one last shot of much-needed cheer to get you through the week. While Christmas covers are permeating the airwaves, your favorites team up for a reading of the classic holiday poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas." The standard has been released numerous times in the past few years, but 2016 gives newcomers like Kane Brown and Cam a chance to shine. Joining them in this year's recitation are Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Tyler Farr, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, Lanco, Seth Ennis, Chase Rice, Luke Combs and breakout star Maren Morris.
Young kicks off the Christmas tale, appropriately setting the dramatic, over-the-top tone for the piece. The cavalcade of artists then trade off lines of the story and will certainly warm your hearts this season. Check out a transcript of the piece below.
2016 is ceremoniously the Year of the Christmas Album, with the likes of Young, Kacey Musgraves, Jennifer Nettles and Loretta Lynn (among countless others) dropping albums packed with sleigh bells and rosy, evergreen mistletoe. Outside of the country bubble, She & Him, Pentatonix, Kylie Minogue, Leslie Odom, Jr., and many more have issued their own delightfully repackaged holiday standards. Needless to say, you'll have plenty of classics from which to choose this year.
Here is the poem breakdown:
Chris Young: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
Carrie Underwood: The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
Kane Brown: The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danc’d in their heads,
Kenny Chesney: And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap-
Cam: When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Brad Paisley: Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.
Chase Rice: The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below;
Miranda Lambert: When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
Jake Owen: With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
Maren Morris: More rapid than eagles his reindeer they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call’d them by name:
Old Dominion: “Now Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
“On Comet! On Cupid! on Donner and Blitzen;
“To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
“Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
Chris Young: So up to the house-top the reindeer they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys - and St. Nicholas too:
Maren Morris: And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
Tyler Farr: As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound:
Miranda Lambert: He was dress’d in all fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnish’d with ashes and soot;
Luke Combs: A bundle of toys was flung on his back,
And he look’d like a peddler just opening his pack:
Carrie Underwood: His eyes - how they twinkled! His dimples how merry,
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
Cam: His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
Seth Ennis: The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
Tyler Farr: He had a broad face, and a little round belly
That shook when he laugh’d, like a bowl full of jelly:
Lanco: He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laugh’d when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
Jake Owen: He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,
Kenny Chesney: And laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
Brad Paisley: He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:
Chris Young: But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight-
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night."
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