Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Or, if it is Christmas already where you are, merry Christmas!
It seems like a perfect time to firstly, wish all my lovely followers and stoppers- by a very, merry Christmas and also to review a very festive poem. The Night Before Christmas brought so much joy to my life as a youngster. I just read it again, being as it’s Christmas Eve. It still brings me joy today and I just feel so excited. Everything is ready for the big day tomorrow!
Onto the poem:
The poem tells the story of a Christmas Eve night. A father awakens to noises outside his own house, whilst his wife and children slept.
”Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse’
He looks out the window to see St. Nicholas in his sleigh being pulled along by eight reindeers. If only this was real life!!
‘When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.’
St. Nicholas lands his beloved sleigh on the roof. He enters the house through the chimney, carrying a sack of toys and gifts with him.
‘His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!’
The father observes St. Nicholas filling the children’s stocking, which were hanging by the family fire place. He laughs to himself. He notes specifically how he looks. It’s clear to see how the iconic image of Santa has originated over time.
‘He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.’
The men share a private moment together, before St. Nicholas heads off up the chimney again. As he flies away with his reindeer he exclaims:
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
The magic created in this short poem, which has been reprinted with various illustrations, is really rather special. There is a reason why it has lasted so many years and has been a feature of many Christmases around the globe. Can you believe it’s nearly 200 years old?!
I’m not old enough or proud enough to admit that I still find it enchanting. The rhyme makes it easy to follow the poem and experience the feelings expressed by both father and St. Nicholas. It boasts atmosphere, excitement and enjoyment, all the things I hope your Christmases have!
So, to all my wonderful friends and followers, I’m sending my festive love and well wishes to all.
Big love x