BLOGWORDS – WREADING WEDNESDAY – 21 December 2016 – THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
On Christmas Eve night, while his wife and children sleep, a father awakens to noises outside his house. Looking out the window, he sees Santa Claus (St. Nicholas) in an air-borne sleigh pulled by eight reindeer. After landing his sleigh on the roof, the saint enters the house through the chimney, carrying a sack of toys with him. The father watches Santa filling the children’s Christmas stockings hanging by the fire, and laughs to himself. They share a conspiratorial moment before the saint bounds up the chimney again. As he flies away, Santa wishes everyone a “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
Clement Clarke Moore was a professor of religion and the author of several scholarly works. What he is most remembered for, however, is his poem “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas,” later called “The Night Before Christmas,” and written as a Christmas gift for his six children.
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