It was the night before Christmas – a rhyming Christmas story

It was the night before Christmas

the Hamstahs were running about

as Glare Phantasm tried to restore order

and lots of instructions did shout.

Glare and the Hamstahs


The chocolate house was in chaos

the Christmas lights lay in a heap

as Billy Bub tried to untangle them

to scared of Glare to utter a peep.


The cake was quite burned

so Glare scrapped off the top

trying her best to salvage

the Dude’s Christmas cake flop.



The tree stood outside the door

where it was put when delivered

Glare watched them decorate it

while they grumbled and shivered.


It didn’t take that long

for the little house to look great

the Dudes took to their beds

as it was now very late.

The Christmas Dudes


When they woke up they saw,

Jack Frost had visited during the night,

when they learned about this elf,

it gave them all quite a fright.


Jack carves pretty pictures,

with his long, narrow fingers,

you’ll see them on the windows

as long as the cold lingers.


This isn’t all that Jack does,

he creates the ice and the frost,

he’ll bite your fingers and toes,

if in the snow you get lost.

Winter wonderland


The Dudes were warm inside,

and they soon forgot their fear,

as they celebrated Christmas,

with the ones they hold dear.


Even Glare’s mood improved,

and she joined in the festive spirit,

making pancake men for all,

using her new Christmas skillet.


Glare and hummingbird

The Hamstah Dudes are the creation of Shehanne Moore. You can read her latest post featuring the Dudes here:

Glare Phantasm is the creation of Teagan Geneviene


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

92 thoughts on “It was the night before Christmas – a rhyming Christmas story

  1. Hi Robbie. Your poem sparkles with Christmas joy! And the cakes… purely amazing, so gorgeous.
    This is lovely and I’m flattered and honored to have a place in your imagination. This delightful post is your creation and yours alone. I don’t know Shehanne, but I’m flattered to have my character on the same page with hers.

    On a serious note… However, I want everyone to realize that the hamsters that used to be in my story were not anything I took from Shehanne. I would never, ever do that to another writer. They were inspired by *you.* To avoid confusion, I had already removed all mention of any hamster from my Thistledown story, because people kept assuming I had stolen them. Mine were the product of my imagination, inspired by your fondant creations. But as I said, I have removed them.
    Wishing you and your family a Christmas that sparkles in the brilliant light of love.
    Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Hi Teagan, I am so glad you liked this story. I wrote Glare into this little tale because I love your story so much and I am so pleased you have created two gorgeous fairies for me. The Hamstah Dudes are the hosts of Shehanne’s blog and they are a lot of fun. Somehow, your fairy and Shehanne’s Dudes always seem to inspire something together for me. You are most welcome to use any of these photographs any time. You will see the little hummingbird is also featured here. Have a wonderful festive season. I didn’t actually know that there was ever any questions about the hamsters in your story. I am sorry if that was anything to do with my posts. Hugs Robbie

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      1. No apologies Robbie — it was other people making the assumption. It makes me happy to know I’ve inspired your imagination. And thank you again.
        I’ve edited the post I have scheduled for midnight to night (USA Eastern time) so that I could add this and your delightful photo of Glare and Bob.
        Really, it’s a shame that I’m running this one right at the holidays, because many people will miss it… and I think it is a fun episode. But that’s the life of a blogger-serial writer. (Shrugs)
        Enjoy your holiday, the baking, the family, and everything else that is special to you. Hugs.

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      2. That is so kind of you, Teagan. I shall look out for your post and share. You can always re-post it in the new year but there are still a lot of bloggers around it seems. Have a lovely day [I think for you – it is evening here].

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  2. This is so precious, Robbie. I love the little fondant Dudes. Even Bobby Bub will have to soften when he sees this 🙂 And having the Dudes meet Glare is brilliant (although I’m not sure they will think so 🙂 ) Are you ready for Christmas? ❤

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  3. Such an amazing post Robbie. thank you for the shout and these wonderful images. Had all manner of wp press and net probs…oh and having to take the mr to out of hours with his awful cold prob too. But all is well…all is well xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  4. Thank you for a wonderful post. I don’t know why, but I’m now in the mood for cake. Well done. I want to thank you for all your visits to my sight this year. I appreciated every great comment. I wish you and your family, a wonderful, and magical Christmas, and continued success with your books in the coming year.

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      1. I like sunflowers. They’re bright and cheerful. A friend’s daughter had a mixed berries, one layer large cake. I also have seen cupcakes.
        I have hardware problem with my be laptop. I don’t I know when I’ll do another post or visit blogs.
        Happy New Year to you. Have a blessed 2018!😄

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