‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
The science was happening, with a treat baking spouse.
The dough was rolled out on the bench top with care,
In hopes it will rise with the help of the air.
The sugars all bonded together in bread,
The candies all dyed with number 3 red;
The Maillard reaction creates warm Christmas smells,
The songs are all song with the physics of bells.
The leavening agents all mixed in cake battter,
Popped in the oven to get us all fatter.
Away to the stove I flew like a flash,
To stop combustion reactions ere the cakes became trash.
As the light of the moon hits the crystalline snow
It refracts back for a spark’ling light show.
Who knew it was science that made Christmas bright?
Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!
Thank you to Bridget Brown, Nathaniel O’Coin, and Michael Law for their assistance in writing this poem
Based on Clement C. Moore’s poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas