Happy Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!

I pull the next book from my Christmas book basket with tender loving care.  The Night Before Christmas is said to be the best-known of any American verse.  The poem, anonymously published in 1823 in a New York newspaper, was written by Clement C. Moore who was inspired to write it after a shopping trip on a sleigh. 

Based on his friend’s (Washington Irving) jolly old elf visit and other Saint Nicholas legends, Moore created for Americans the well-known Santa.  His physical appearance, his sleigh pulled by reindeer–including their names, and his special visit on Christmas EVE–not Christmas Day as previous legends claimed–have become magical elements of this festive time of year.

This season, as you pass by the long line of fidgety children in the shopping mall waiting to have a word with Santa, just remember: 

We owe it all to one man’s scribbling over a shopping spree in a sleigh.  Who says words aren’t power?

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