Rockport Resident Rewrites ‘Night Before Christmas’ Poem to Reflect Going Through Hurricane Harvey

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“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” is a classic poem that dates back to the 1800s. It remains engrained in the brains of many Texans who can recite it by heart even if the poem doesn’t cross their minds for 11 out of the 12 months of the year. In order to look back on the trials and tribulations of the past year while still maintaining the Christmas spirit, Kimberly Head decided to rewrite the piece to reflect 2017, and more specifically, the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

KRIS TV writes that Head had just started her new job as Director of First Learning Tree daycare in Rockport a day before evacuations for Hurricane Harvey began. After the storm ripped through, the daycare was left in shambles and had to be rebuilt along with the spirits of many Rockport residents. “I think that we as humans can dwell in the misery that we have around us or we can look upon things and kind of shake it off and decide we’re going to be victorious in what we do and that’s the message I want to put out there,” Head said about writing the poem.

After Head spoke with the news, she saw the impact her poetic editing had on viewers as her poem spread across the internet. “It’s really overwhelming that it has touched so many people,” she wrote on First Learning Tree’s Facebook page. Read Head’s poem below.