Wednesday, December 24, 2008

"A Visit From St. Nicholas"

Clement Clarke Moore's famous poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" was written on a Christmas eve for his children and was published on December 23, 1823 by a New York newspaper, The Sentinel.

Clement Clarke Moore was born in 1779 to a well-known Rev. Benjamin Moore who was President of Columbia University and participated in George Washington's first inauguration. He gave last rites to Alexander Hamilton after Hamilton was mortally wounded in 1804 after a duel with Adam Burr.

Some believe the poem was written by Major Henry Livingston, Jr. since Moore called this poem "a mere trifle" and it wasn't a well known fact that he authored it.

Nonetheless, it has become known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and is known as a Christmas favorite.

These days, the poem carries a magical atmosphere for little ones to let their imaginations go wild and imagine Santa in his sleigh with eight tiny reindeer on their roof, bounding down the chimney with just the gift they wanted.

The legend of Santa Claus lives on through this poem.


MaryWalkerBaron said...

You bring such interesting things to us. Thanks for this lovely history lesson.

Leslie said...

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night".