Sunday, December 24, 2017

Twas The Night Before Christmas: The Christmas Poem That Made A Scholar Immortal

The New York Post Editorial Board offers a piece on Clement Moore, the author of the world-famous poem, Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Born in New York City in 1779, Clement Clarke Moore became a noted lecturer and writer. Yet his life would merit little more than a footnote in New York’s history, except for the one poem for which he is remembered. Written for his children in 1822, it was first published (anonymously) in the Troy Sentinel the next year. The poem, of course, was “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (“The Night Before Christmas”).

You can read the rest of the piece and the famous poem via the below link:

I have always associated the poem with the Mabel Beaton Marionettes, whose performance I saw as a young child on TV. Alexander Scourby portrayed Moore and read the poem. 

I’ve shown the old broadcast to my children and later to my grandchildren.

You can watch the Twas The Night Before Christmas performance, as well as The Nativity, via the below link:

Note: The above photo is of Clement Moore. 

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