Definition of The Night Before Christmas from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


The Night Before Christmas

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a poem (1823) by Clement Moore (1779-1863) which is well known to many American children. It presents the traditional image of Santa Claus as a cheerful fat man who travels through the sky at Christmas bringing gifts. It begins:
T'was 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.