The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas


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"A Visit from St. Nicholas" first appeared as an anonymous holiday poem in a New York newspaper in 1823. Since then, it has become better known by its first line — and it has defined the image of Santa Claus and his most familiar traits, from his snowy beard and chubby cheeks to the names of his reindeer.
Ready to delight a whole new generation, this luminous facsimile of a sought-after 1917 edition abounds in nostalgic charm. Its fourteen enchanting illustrations by a beloved artist appear in a faithful, large-format reproduction with heavy pages that will last for many holiday seasons. An ideal holiday gift, this volume will be treasured by collectors of antique books and vintage Christmas memorabilia

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ISBN-13: 9780486473697
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 08/03/2009
Series: Dover Children's Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 16
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 13.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 11 Years

About the Author

Clement C. Moore (1779–1863), an American scholar and poet, first wrote The Night Before Christmas in 1822 to entertain his children. A friend submitted it to a local newspaper, The Troy Sentinel, where it was published on December 23, 1823. Moore's delightful description of St. Nicholas and his eight flying reindeer has since become the definitive portrait of Santa Claus.

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The Night Before Christmas

By Clement C. Moore, Margaret Evans Price

Dover Publications, Inc.

Copyright © 2009 Dover Publications, Inc.
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ISBN: 978-0-486-11921-2



'I was the night before Christmas, When all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung By the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled All snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums Danced through their heads;

While Visions of Sugar-Plums Danced Through Their Heads

And Mamma in her kerchief, And I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap, When out on the lawn There arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters, And threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave a lustre of mid-day to objects below; When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, With a little old driver so lively and quick, I knew in a moment It must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles, His coursers they came, And he whistled and shouted, And called them by name; Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen! To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall, Now, dash away, dash away, Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before The wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, Mount to the sky; So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With a sleigh full of toys, And St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, And was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came With a bound;

He was dressed all in fur From his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished With ashes and soot.

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack. His eyes, how they twinkled ; his dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses; his nose like a cherry;

His droll little mouth Was drawn up like a bow, And the beard on his chin Was as white as the snow. The stump of a pipe He held fast in his teeth, And the smoke, it encircled his head Like a wreath. He had a broad face And a little round belly That shook, when he laughed, Like a bowl full of jelly!

He was chubby and plump,— A right jolly old elf; And I laughed When I saw him, In spite of myself. A wink of his eye, And a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.


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