Twas the night before Christmas and all through the hive, and
The bees were all humming to stay more or less alive.
The plate of honey was set out with care,
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.
The queen was nestled all snug in the ball
Of worker bees that kept her alive with their all.
The greatest wish that year of all the bees inside
Was that moisture would stay away and that their queen would not die.
When suddenly in the yard there arose such a clatter,
The guard bees sprang forth to see what was the matter!
And what did their astonished eyes behold?
But their keeper with a funny white beard, out in the cold.
He came not to bother or irritate or annoy,
But with a giant tarp that brought the worker bees great joy.
For they knew in their hearts that winter would be the end,
If the hole in their roof did not get mended.
While their keeper did not seem to be bothering to repair
Their roof which needed less love and more care,
He tossed over the tarp to keep out the snow,
And the bees did a little dance that made their hearts glow!
Their roof wasn’t fixed but their wish had come true-
That the moisture was out and their queen alive, too.
Then they heard their keeper say, as he drove out of sight:
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
- As seen in Bee Culture
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