The idea of Christmas did not begin with Clement Clarke Moore, the author of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” but in “a wink of an eye” his poem took young America by storm. His spirited tale of a late night visit by jolly St. Nick and his eight tiny reindeer captured the hope, happiness, and love expressed during the holiday season.
The iconic poem became a treasured part of American folklore!
Discover the history of Moore and Twas the Night Before Christmas.
The lines may be among the most famous ever written:
Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
With this hearty call, Santa urged on his reindeer team and changed the idea of Christmas forever. Moore could have never imagined that his words would have such a stunning effect on American culture, but over the next several generations, artists and illustrators inspired by his poem would create the Santa image the world would know and love!
Discover how the poem became the heartbeat of Christmas