Back in 1882, Clement Clarke Moore, wrote the famous poem, The Night Before Christmas. Throughout the years, it has become a tradition in many families to read the poem every Christmas season along with watching Christmas Vacation and It’s a Wonderful Life.

A few years ago, I received another poem, referred to as a Different Christmas Poem (author unknown), from a dear friend. This poem described a dream that a gentleman had regarding a soldier standing guard outside his home on a snowy night on Christmas Eve.

Rep. Dennis Powers is the State Representative for the 36th House District which includes Campbell, Union and Claiborne Counties. He is Chairman of the House Banking Subcommittee and serves on the Commerce, Transportation, and Insurance Committees. He can be reached at