21st Day of Advent – Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

the-night-before-christmasTitle: Twas the Night Before Christmas

Author: Clement Clarke Moore

Published: 1823

Twas the Night Before Christmas, when all through the house: not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Written with simplicity, yet pure excellence, this fantastic Christmas poem is known throughout the world. With some magical vocabulary and enchanting descriptive lines, it records the much anticipated visit of Father Christmas. Enabling the reader to visualise all the festivities of this enchanting time of year, within the few moments of reading this poem, it really is a wonderful thing and it definitely gets you feeling festive! I really love the vision of Father Christmas that Moore supplies the reader with:

The Stump of his pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath…

Christmas-Based Entertainment: Festive-Fact Corner

We’ve seen several festive facts so far, but here is a collection of them:

1. Based on polls/ etc, roughly 45% of the World’s population celebrate Christmas.

2. Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 6 weeks.

3. Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of overall all retail sales in the U.S.

4. The earliest known Christmas decorations were apples!!

5. Many parts of a Christmas tree can actually be eaten. The needles are actually a good source of Vitamin C.

6. Before Turkey, a Pigs head and Mustard was the traditional Christmas meal in England.

7. Despite the fact that some people think the term “Xmas” is disrespectful or non-Christian, the ‘X’ is actually a Greek abbreviation for Christ.

8. Biblical Scholars say that Jesus was born in a Cave, not a Stable.

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