'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the lot.
Not a creature was stirring and there were no open spots.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
Home is where I should be, but I would not be able to make it there.
Time to get cozy and nestle up snug in my bed,
To let visions of the open road run through my head.
After driving hours and hours across the good old map,
It's time to lie down for a well-deserved nap.
Tomorrow's a new day to make tracks through the snow,
That kept me from getting where I wanted to go.
Home for the holidays would have been nice for a change of pace,
But Instead I'm stuck out here trying to make it home safe, instead of winning a race.
Hope the family can remember, though I am late for the holiday, that I hold them most dear,
Which is the reason I have to wait until this nasty weather clears.
Though I'm stuck in the truck for Christmas tomorrow,
Do not shed for me your tears of sorrow.
This is the profession I chose and it requires personal sacrifice.
So for me being late, loving family and leftovers will more than suffice.
Santa will come whether I am home or not,
So worry not about the holiday gifts for our little tot.
One day she'll grow up and be proud to say,
"My daddy delivers YOUR Christmas, which is why he can't be here with us today!"
Though I am out here this night before Christmas pulling the long haul for the next day and night,
I still want to wish "A happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

To those out on Christmas, by fate or by your will, know that you are being thought of this holiday season and you are not alone.  As part of my past in this profession, I know what it is like to not make it home for every holiday to keep the goods moving and the paycheck coming in.  I would personally like to wish a safe and happy holiday to each and every one of you out on the road!  For those not stuck in a truck, be sure to remember how all those presents got there and have a wonderful holiday as well! 

Comments (3)

Jimmy Nevarez

Jimmy Nevarez is the Owner/President of Angus Transportation, Inc., based in Chino, California.  Jimmy pulls a 53' dry van hauling general dry freight for his own small fleet, operating on its own authority throughout all of Southern California and Southern Nevada.

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Be safe out there and Merry Christmas to you all!!!

December 25, 2015 9:46:10 AM

Thanks Jimmy.....we are staying out and loaded and headed south. Merry Christmas from both of us to you and yours. Stephen and Sandy

December 24, 2015 15:27:01 PM

Very nice poem Jimmy and so true. Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2015 8:38:46 AM