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The Soldiers' Night Before Christmas (Big Little Golden Book)

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" Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the base
Only sentries were stirring--they guarded the place.
The soldiers were sleeping and snoring away
As they dreamed of 'back home' on good Christmas Day..."

One Christmas Eve at a military barracks in the Middle East, some homesick soldiers are paid a visit by Sergeant McClaus, the Santa of Soldiers. This lively and poig
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 12th 2006 by Golden Books
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Libra Hasenpflug
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got this book for my daughter who was very young when her daddy left for Afghanistan. It was her first Christmas, and this was read to her every night before she went to sleep the month of December. She loved the story, and she loved the illustration. I use to be in the army myself, and I too enjoyed both the story line and illustration. When my husband returned home we showed him the book, and he got a kick out of it. We are very happy to have found this book, and it will forever be apart of ...more
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Nov 30, 2015 added it
Recommends it for: kids with family memebers overseas
A sweet & adorable twist on a classic Christmas story. This one about overseas soldiers' night before Christmas. It allows kids to see that their loved ones celebrate Christmas even when they're some place else in the world. Some may get teary eyed while others will laugh out loud as they see that even soldiers get a visit from Santa himself.
Pamela
This was a delightful book. Not quite as delightful as "The Navy's Night Before Christmas." Not just because I'm partial to the Navy and my family's Naval heritage including WWII and Vietnam. There was a glaring error, twice mid book: calling an Army duffle-bar a Seabag is like calling a Medic a Corpsman. Perhaps the later edition, 2011, corrected the error.
Carol
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas present from my sister. I have been mopey because my soldier son is away from home at Christmas for the very first time, but at least he is in the states and I can call him and text him and I know he's safe. God Bless all those soldiers who are far away from home during Christmas and I hope that Sgt. McClaus brought them everything they wanted!
Joni Chism
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Great book for military families. I found it while serving overseas, and read it to my kids every Christmas and though I am out of the military it helps us remember my brothers and sisters who are still fighting to keep us free and may be apart from their families.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Sergeant McClaus arrives at the army camp with presents for all the soldiers from those who love them safe at home. Best part: The last line: ‘As the camp radar lost him, I heard this faint call: “Happy Christmas, brave soldiers! May peace come to all.”’ Ages 5-12.
Mary
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting re-writing of the classic Christmas poem. Setting is desert of Iraq? Afghanistan? Tie-in to discussions of how soldiers experience Christmas when on active duty in a foreign country.
Holly Beely
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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A favorite in our home this time of year!
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Dec 11, 2010 rated it liked it
#177 Seargent McClaus
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Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very sweet.
Benjamin Soyka
I think that this is a great children's book. :D
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Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This is a delighful edition of The Night Before Christmas. It makes young readers smile and laugh and eagerly await Christmas day.
Phoebe Baker
Gave as gift. Traditional holiday 'twas the night books.
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“Twas the night before Christmas, and all
through the base
Only sentries were stirring--they guarded the place.

At the foot of each bunk sat a helmet and boot
For the Santa of Soldiers to fill up with loot.
The soldiers were sleeping and snoring away

As they dreamed of “back home” on
good Christmas Day.
One snoozed with his rifle--he seemed so content.
I slept with the letters my family had sent.

When outside the tent there arose such a clatter.
I sprang from my rack to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash.
Poked out my head, and yelled, “What was that crash?”

When what to my thrill and relief should appear,
But one of our Blackhawks to give the all clear.
More rattles and rumbles! I heard a deep whine!

Then up drove eight Humvees, a jeep close behind…
Each vehicle painted a bright Christmas green.
With more lights and gold tinsel than I’d ever seen.

The convoy commander leaped down and he paused.
I knew then and there it was Sergeant McClaus!
More rapid than rockets, his drivers they came
When he whistled, and shouted, and called
them by name:
“Now, Cohen! Mendoza! Woslowski! McCord!
Now, Li! Watts! Donetti! And Specialist Ford!”

“Go fill up my sea bags with gifts large and small!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away, all!”
In the blink of an eye, to their trucks the troops darted.

As I drew in my head and was turning around,
Through the tent flap the sergeant came in with a bound.
He was dressed all in camo and looked quite a sight
With a Santa had added for this special night.

His eyes--sharp as lasers! He stood six feet six.
His nose was quite crooked, his jaw hard as bricks!
A stub of cigar he held clamped in his teeth.
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath.

A young driver walked in with a seabag in tow.
McClaus took the bag, told the driver to go.
Then the sarge went to work. And his mission today?
Bring Christmas from home to the troops far away!

Tasty gifts from old friends in the helmets he laid.
There were candies, and cookies, and cakes, all homemade.
Many parents sent phone cards so soldiers could hear
Treasured voices and laughter of those they held dear.

Loving husbands and wives had mailed photos galore
Of weddings and birthdays and first steps and more.
And for each soldier’s boot, like a warm, happy hug,
There was art from the children at home sweet and snug.

As he finished the job--did I see a twinkle?
Was that a small smile or instead just a wrinkle?
To the top of his brow he raised up his hand
And gave a salute that made me feel grand.

I gasped in surprise when, his face all aglow,
He gave a huge grin and a big HO! HO! HO!

HO! HO! HO! from the barracks and then from the base.
HO! HO! HO! as the convoy sped up into space.

As the camp radar lost him, I heard this faint call:
“HAPPY CHRISTMAS, BRAVE SOLDIERS!
MAY PEACE COME TO ALL!”
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