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Christmas '19

The Night Before Christmas

(A Visit from St. Nicholas)

by Clement Clarke Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that ST. NICHOLAS soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma 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 the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw 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,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that 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 hand, 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 a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful 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 his 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, ere he drove out of sight,

Christmas URL's (or how many time can we rewrite "The Night Before Christmas?")

  1. The Official DOOM FAQ - CHAPTER *20*: The Night Before DOOM: A Poem from the Past.
  2. A Politically Correct Night Before Christmas
  3. Twas the night before Christmas 3 - parody.
  4. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas - As told by Monica Quartermaine.
  5. A Tardis Christmas - The Night before Christmas, on the Tardis.
  6. 'Twas The Day After Christmas - by David Frank.
  7. The Net Before Christmas - by Jim Trudeau & Jay Trudeau (1991)
  8. 'Twas the Newt Before Christmas - by Dean Bakopoulos.
  9. The night before Christmas...... - (An ex-Nutworks twisted tale)
  10. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas - The lawyer version.
  11. The Night Before Christmas - as written by a programmer.
  12. The Day Before Christmas - The script to the "Day Before Christmas" episode of Animaniacs.
  13. Twelve Days of Christmas - The rest of the story.

This page was chosen by Teleport: One Useful Thing and One Cool Thing as "One Christmas Thing."
Christmas - HARRIS Mountaintop has also kindly chosen to add a link to this page.
Christmas Stories - OK, I admit it. I told them about this page.
The Web Surfers Christmas card.

Special thanks to SoCoOL for the neat Christmas trees. Be sure to check out their Christmas in July celebration.
Wait for the Tree ... and the Presents

It's That Time of Year XMAS Tree Animation
A SoCoOL Christmas Greeting

On a personal note, if you find any broken links here, send me email. Trying to maintain a web page with this many links is a living hell and I need all the help I can get.
When I created this page in 1995, I was hard put to find enough "12 days of Chirstmas" links. Today I found over five thousand links.

So, if I left out your page. I'm sorry but it was just lost in the noise.

If you want a link, let me know and I'll add it here.

A Search for the Meaning of Christmas
Katja's Homepage
Guillermo's Homepage
Geoff Smith's Home Page
Highlander Holiday Golf Gifts
Beloit Daily News - Saturday, December 23, 1995
Capital Online: Moonlighting elves help Santa answer his mail
HTML document for the World Wide Web
Captain Jack's Christmas Tree Farm

Links to This Page

Now I ask you, is it fair? I've linked hundreds of Christmas pages here and what do I get in return?

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The Web Crawler's Revenge!
The Web Surfers Report - 11/19/95
Response to the new column

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