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The Night Before Christmas

What happens in the night before Christmas? Something truly wonderful!

the_night_before_christmas1In the night before Christmas the house is very quiet. The stockings hang by the chimney and the children dream about apples and nuts. Even father and mother lie fast asleep until a sudden noise can be heard. This can only be St. Nicholas and his reindeers Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupit, Donner and Blitzen!

St. Nicholas has quickly discovered the peeping father, who is very much surprised by St. Nicholas‘s odd looks. After the stockings are filled, St. Nicholas pops off just as quickly as he has showed up before. And then it is finally Christmas!


This book is suitable for children over 12 months old.

Clement C. Moore (1779–1863), an American scholar and poet, wrote a poem for his children in 1822 called A Visit From St. Nicholas, which would later become known as The Night Before Christmas. A friend submitted it to a local newspaper, The Troy Sentinel, where it was published on December 23, 1823. Moore’s delightful verse detailing a visit from of Santa Claus and his eight flying reindeer has since become an international classic.

Clement Moore’s classic poem about a visit from Father Christmas is beautifully re-illustrated by award-winning illustrator Richard Johnson.

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