BOOKS FOR BITTIES: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

A classic poetic tale of Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

The first time I recall reading this poem all the way through was in third grade, when our class was given the challenge of memorizing the entire poem for a prize.  I’m pretty proud to say that I was the winner, the only one in the whole class that could recite the entire thing from start to finish, and my prize was my very own picture book copy of the poem — a perfect gift for a bookworm like me.

I really love the poetic beat and rhyme of this poem, and — though I’ll be teaching my children that Santa is a make-believe character — I can appreciate the vivid imagery and sense of wonder this short tale inspires.


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