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    PoliticalChic Diamond Member

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    In 1823 - The poem “ A Visit From St. Nicholas” was first published anonymously in the Troy, New York Sentinel on this day, and was reprinted frequently thereafter with no name attached. Authorship was later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore.

    Not sure I can post the entire poem, so here is just the beginning and the end...

    Original Troy Sentinel version (published December 23, 1823)
    Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas

    '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,
    And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
    Had just settled our brains 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....

    He had a broad face, and a little round belly
    That shook when he laugh'd, like a bowl full of jelly:
    He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
    And I laugh'd 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 fill'd all the stockings; then turn'd with a jerk,
    And laying his finger aside of his nose
    And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
    He sprung 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 —
    Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

    The rest can be found here Night Before Christmas

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