Saturday, 24 December 2011

The Night Before Christmas

He's called St Nicholas, Father Christmas and Santa Claus, depending on your traditions and where you live. But one thing's for sure, all over the UK children everywhere will be hoping their stockings are filled and some presents are under the tree on Christmas morning!

The familiar, jolly Santa Claus picture by Thomas Nast first appeared in Harper's Weekly in 1863. Before that, Father Christmas wore fur clothes in some of the illustrations, as in the famous poem by Clement Clark Moore, The Night Before Christmas, originally written in 1822, just before the Victorian era.

Who could forget the opening lines read to children everywhere on Christmas Eve:

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through 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 danced in their heads.

Have a very Happy Christmas!


  1. Love the Night Before Christmas and now have a new beautifully illustrated copy to add to my bookcase so will be reading it next year!