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Night Before Christmas

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  80,359 Ratings  ·  1,291 Reviews
This is a vintage oversized staple bound edition with a soft suede on the cover.
Paperback, 12 pages
Published January 1st 1958 by Whitman (first published 1823)
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i'm not sure if this is the correct edition to review. the one i have is also illustrated by arthur rackham , but it has this cover:

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which is much better than the one shown above.

i'm not sure how to review this, because it's just the night before christmas, but since i feel compelled to review all the books i read ever, i am just putting it out there that this is a wonderful christmas present to receive, and reading it on christmas eve with a giant mug of cocoa is a pretty n
Pramod Nair
Dec 26, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' 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 danc'd in their heads,

- The opening lines of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas or A Visit from St. Nicholas, by Clement Clarke Moore is arguably one of the most popular Christmastide themed
K.D. Absolutely
At what age did you stop believing in Santa Claus? Last Christmas, I still had to buy something for my daughter and wrote “From: Santa Claus” on the gift tag because she still believed in him. She was 16.

This morning while I was about to drop her at the gate of her school, she again borrowed the rosary hanging on the rearview mirror of my car. The rosary was a gift from my friend who attended the World Youth’s Day in Brazil this year so I am proud of it and taking care of it. The beads are made
Kathie Meyer
Jun 14, 2008 Kathie Meyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All ages
Shelves: winter-reading
This is a very biased review since I know the illustrator personally and was a model for one of the elves that appear in the book. My very special kitty, Larry, is pictured in the Christmas stocking at the end too. In fact, Watson used all real people to model for Santa, the elves and the family in the story, and he set the book in Port Townsend, Wash. where he lives. The clocktower is our actual courthouse in town.

Having said all of that...I think this is one of the most wonderfully illustrated
'Twas the Night before Christmas' is a beautiful holiday poem that was written by Dr. Clement C. Moore for his children as a Christmas present. It was reprinted many times over and wasn't what Moore thought would make him famous... but it did. It's been translated in many languages and continues to be recited to children all over the world.

Much to my chagrin, this is the first time I've read/heard this poem in its entirety, but I'll be sure to read it every holiday season moving forward. Beauti
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I must admit I'd never even heard of this sweet little poem until very recently. I also, first misread the title and thought it had something to do with The Nightmare Before Christmas. My bad, I know.

However, I found this poem very cute and it breathed Christmas feelings. I wish I'd known it earlier, because it really feel like a classic. It doesn't take a lot of time to read, so I would definitely recommend it!
David Schaafsma
Dec 24, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every year, in some fashion, I read this aloud to the kids. What has sold more copies, in more versions? This is one of the old classic illustrated versions, more for me than the kids, in a way, though we had five versions of it around the house this time. Everybody likes it, though this year the now eleven year old mimes some of the action that I describe, lightly making fun of it. He has this idea Santa no longer exists!
Dec 24, 2015 Trish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily one of the most well-known poems about Christmas and always a delight to read. This was today's post of BookRiot's Literary Advent Calendar.
I love this poem, I used to read it to my brother at christmas each year so it brings back nice memories.
Carrie Beth
Dec 17, 2015 Carrie Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A timeless Christmas classic! Always a favorite during the holiday season!
Ken Moten
If you have not yet heard this poem, first things first so that you have context to what I am talking about:

I am going to review this poem in the context of two other previous Christmas reads I have read: one by Milton and one by Dickens.

Now in my review of On The Morning Of Christ's Nativity: Milton's Hymn, I talked briefly of the culture of Christmas surrounding Milton during his lifetime and how it was a very different one from today. Christmas was a
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I had never read this before, I'm pretty sure - we certainly never had a copy in our house nor any pre-Christmas tradition of reading it, nothing like that. Probably my primary school had an old copy but I don't think I was too interested. So this was a new reading experience for me, one I approached without any memories or sense of nostalgia to guide me. I got it because it's such a classic, and I believe it's the origin of Santa's sleigh and reindeer (which are named), though don't quote me on ...more
Darn it, I don't know how to post for different editions as this keeps coming up the same despite different illustrators. Here, then, are the three versions I've enjoyed this season with links so you can see them on Amazon.

Fujikawa's illustrations are so adorable and delightful and child-like, in a way. I thoroughly enjoyed his vision into this holiday classic, though I would have liked more page breaks and more frequent illustrations to help the flow with the poem bet
Candace W.
Oct 05, 2012 Candace W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: kid-lit-class
This book tells the classic story of The Night Before Christmas, but with special cut outs and a beautiful pop-up finale. I really liked this book, because it tells a story that children know and love with a beautiful addition to it. The illustrations are done in mostly black and white, and are very beautiful. Beyond that, the cut out sections in them allow one illustration to illustrate two sections of the story just by turning the page. Last but not least, the pop-up finale is very intricate a ...more
Isa Lot
Dec 21, 2015 Isa Lot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Referente a la edición latina. Es precioso, es un cuento en forma de poema, que habla de un niño que se levanta la noche de navidad y ve a Papá Noel. Es realmente bonito. Habla exclusivamente de todo lo relacionado con Papá Noel, no es religioso, eso me gustó. Me parece un libro perfecto para leerle a los niños en navidad.
Dec 22, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect time of year to read this Christmas classic. To be honest I don't ever remember reading this as an adult and it brought back some precious childhood memories. I think every adult should read it at least once.
John Yelverton
Oct 02, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is the original Santa Claus story, and you can see why the character is around to this day.
Christopher Hicks
This is s fun classic children's book!! Love It!!!
Jul 30, 2010 Ryun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Descriptions of human sacrifice and the power of blood magic are commonplace throughout history, but one — Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS — takes place on the eve of a holiday that most consider a time of joy, happiness and generosity. This makes a poem that would be unsettling in any circumstances an intense, dark and enduring tale of supernatural horror.

Set on the eve of the eponymous Christian feast day, the book begins innocently enough, with a desperately poor fami
Dec 17, 2013 Tasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Following the classic Christmas tale, this version of the story is made special by the illustrations. Brallier has created fifteen stained glass illustrations for the book. They range from holiday mantles to close ups of the reindeer and of course Santa Claus. Santa does not wear a red hat here but instead has the robes of an English Santa Claus. It makes the feel all the more timeless and special.

Throughout, Brallier has small touches that are worth finding. I was entranced by her use of small
Aug 26, 2012 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many decades ago did I memorize this poem, "Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash...." Does any kid now hearing this know what a "sash" is, not to mention a chimney etc. "As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly...": now as we await the wet leaves--and yacht boating boots--of the Republicans at their national convention hall in Tampa, a full foot above sea level at least: has anyone ever seen DRY leaves flying before a hurricane?
Sounds like someone from NY who has never seen a
Margaret Chind
This is amazing. When I saw this one the list of recommended reads for the Memoria Press Third Grade, I thought surely it is not necessary as I already have two other versions by other illustrations, more whimsical than this black and white. But then when I got it out at the library, boy did I discover a treasure. I will have to look for this one to buy. The first page has a little historical note about the original presentation of the Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas, now known to us as The ...more
Dec 15, 2015 Elke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a surprise gift and was very happy about it, as it was one of those titles I had on my wish list for years, but never came around to get a copy for myself.

This poem is guaranteed to get you into the mood for Christmas, if you're not naturally bouncing up and down with anticipation, decorating, baking, and enjoying the season as I do each year when the first signs of Christmas appear.
The poem is beautifully written in a very figurative language, effortlessly creating a vas
Miss Meghan's Class
I found this book for free on Amazon and thought it was really interesting that this book had the part of smoking edited, by Santa Claus himself, out of the story. That was one of the things that always got me thinking when I was younger about the original - my parents smoked for awhile, my sister does now, but I never have and always thought it was disgusting that he did.

This is one of my favorite Christmas stories - beautifully done with some amazing illustrations. Definitely a must for peopl
Pamela Mccoll
Sep 12, 2012 Pamela Mccoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After smoking away for 189 years Santa gives up the pipe and is no longer depicted as having a wreath of smoke around his head - all a good thing in the era when we are doing so much to try and get our kids or grandkids not to start smoking. Twas The Night Before Christmas was written by Clement C. Moore in 1822 on a sleigh ride home from Greenwich Village with his nine children on Christmas Eve. It has gone on to become the most famous poem in the English language. That is now is offered in a s ...more
Chris Mills
Dec 20, 2012 Chris Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Perfect for children of all ages” it reads on the back cover, and even though I have heard it read hundreds of times, this old classic never fails to raise my Christmas spirit. This timeless poem about Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve has been illustrated by many different artists since it was first published almost 190 years ago. The ‘aa-bb’ rhyming sequence is what makes the flow of the story and pace so exciting. I think this book would be a nice one to read to a key stage one class, althoug ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This is actually the first time I've read this book. Pathetic I know! We always just watched the cartoon with the little family of mice on tv. But this book is very good and I'm glad I took the time to read it this year! The perfect illustrations are added with each page of the story. A combination of whimsical animals and Santa with his sleigh and reindeer will greet young and old alike throughout Twas the Night Before Christmas. This will definitely became a book that is read every Christmas E ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Leonie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for my 8 month old daughter's first Christmas. It was a gift from Mummy rather than Santa as that enabled me to write an inscription in it that she can enjoy each year as we read it in the run up to Christmas.

The poem doesn't date even though it describes a Victorian Christmas Eve as most of the traditions and all of the essence of Christmas remains the same through the ages.

Merry Christmas to all...
Nov 06, 2015 Jules rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
This is a lovely story for Christmas. Just read this to my 4 year old niece, who loved it too. The version I read to her is illustrated by Henry Fisher. The illustrations are gorgeous.
Sofia Davis
Dec 06, 2014 Sofia Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This great story is about what happens all before Christmas and how Santa Clause prepares to deliver all the gifts to children. It begins with the elves working and filling up Santas sled with presents and toys, all the way to the rain deer getting ready for take off. It shows how Santas goes all over and delivers presents and then Christmas morning all the young children wake up with excitement to see all their new gifts.
This is a wonderful holiday story that I know children will love reading b
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Clement Clarke Moore, (July 15, 1779 – July 10, 1863), is best known as the credited author of A Visit From St. Nicholas (more commonly known today as Twas the Night Before Christmas).

Clement C. Moore was more famous in his own day as a professor of Oriental and Greek literature at Columbia College (now Columbia University) and at General Theological Seminary, who compiled a two volume Hebrew dict
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