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Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore (1822)

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Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse The stockings all hung by the chimney with care In hopes that Saint Nicolas soon would be there The children were nestled all safe in their beds While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads And Mom in her kerchief and I in my cap had just settled down 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 flew up the sash The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the 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, As he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name; "Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and now VIXEN! On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER 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 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 the 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 of his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of his pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath; He had a broad face and a round little 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; He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying a finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose; He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight "HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!"

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Duration: 3 minutes and 47 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Animated
Views: 147
Posted by: deborah52 on Dec 18, 2012

Perry Como reads this classic Christmas poem which is also known as "A Visit From St. Nicholas".

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