Friday, December 23

'Twas the night before Christmas

Then they gathered around the fire with Margaret in the circle of her father's arm, and Betsy read from Dickens' Christmas Carol, the story of the Cratchits' Christmas Dinner. Margaret recited 'Twas the Night before Christmas, and Julia read the story of Jesus' birth out of the book of Luke. Later they turned out the lights to fill one another's stockings which were hung around the fireplace.
Heaven to Betsy 
Maud Hart Lovelace

A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, is a poem first published anonymously in the Troy, N.Y., Sentinel on Dec. 23, 1823. Clement Clarke Moore allegedly wrote it for his children but, being a scholar and professor, did not wish to be connected with the poem until they insisted that it be included in an 1844 anthology of his works.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' 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 danc'd in their heads....

1 comment:

  1. you should make a American girl doll version of the 'Twas the night before Christmas!