‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Blogger: Rachel Kent
So sorry my blog is late to post today! ‘Twas the night before my blog day last night and it slipped my mind! Things have been busy around here with our move. We are loving our new house.
I picked the classic book, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to blog about today. This is one of my favorites because my 6th Grade teacher had the entire class memorize the poem and recite it for our parents. I remember most of it! The one part that I always struggle with is the “As leaves before the wild hurricane fly” part. That doesn’t stick in my mind.
While the book is usually titled ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, it’s actually a poem called “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore. If you’d like to read it, here’s a link to the poem: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171924
I think this poem is well-loved and now a classic because of the beautiful writing and also because it adds to the mystery and joy of Santa Claus. I was raised knowing that Santa was not “real,” but we still pretended he came anyway. We knew the story of St. Nicholas, and my parents played up Santa coming each year. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas builds the anticipation of Christmas and is a story about how a parent sees Santa coming in the middle of the night–so children everywhere are going to love it and parents are going to read it to their children to share the joy of the story of Santa with them.
I know many Christians who don’t bring Santa into the Christmas holiday at all because it distracts from the real meaning of Christmas, so they wouldn’t have a place for this poem at Christmas. How do you feel about it?
I think I will follow in my parents’ footsteps and use Santa (St. Nicholas) as a way to teach my children to think of others at Christmas and everyday. I hope they pick up on the joy of giving!