Friday, 21 December 2012

Day 21 NaBloPoMo December - Happy Yule

So technically not a fairy tale, however this is my all time favourite story at Christmas, and I love Christmas stories therefore you get to share it with me. I love nothing more on Christmas Eve than to curl up in bed with the munchkins and read this story before the go to bed!

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Clement Clarke Moore (1779 - 1863)
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot 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.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the
window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his
head like
a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
What is your favourite Christmas story?


  1. Love it. I have 6 or 7 different illustrated books with this poem. Mostly because I forget I have 6 or 7 illustrated books with this poem when I spy another version in the store....

    1. I only have it in the one treasury at the moment, however I feel a pretty bound purchase coming up ;-)

  2. Toootally counts as a fairy tale...I spied and elf in it, right? Depending on who you talk to, elves are synonymous with fairies, so you scored. How witty. I would never have thought of this poem, but it is so classic and wonderful.

    I'm going to have to take up your tradition and read this to the boys on Christmas Eve, everyone wrapped up and snug in their jammies and favorite blankets. Maybe some cookies and milk. Ooo, I'm so excited now.

    1. Yay fairy tale after all :-D

      I am excited that there may be a huge pond between us but that won't stop us from sharing a story at Christmas, jammies, blankets, cookies and milk (which I will leave for you and the munchkins, bleh). I'll tell you all about mine if you tell me all about yours ;-)

    2. Deal. It's magical, really.

  3. I love Twas the Night Before Christmas! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you for loving it too ;-)

      'now dash away, dash away, dash away all'

  4. Oh Iove this story! Definitely one of my favorites... In first place on my list is the Christmas Story.. Second is A Christmas Carol and this story is right up there too!

    1. They are up there in my favourites too ;-)


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