Fun Facts Friday: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Latest Posts / December 23, 2011

On December 23, 1823 this famous poem was first published. 1 )      The story was called “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and was was published in the Sentinel, a newspaper inTroy,New York 2 )      Due to the popularity of the story, Clement C. Moore claimed authorship twenty years later. 3 )      Literary sleuths dispute Mr. Moore’s claim. His writing doesn’t match the style and him being an un-jolly type of fellow. 4 )      According to Mary Van Deusen, the true author is her ancestor Henry Livingston Jr. who read the poem to his family fifteen years before publication. 5 )      To this day the poem’s authorship is still in dispute. 6 )      The poem has been praised as “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American” 7 )      By having St. Nick visit the night before Christmas, the author shifted the focus from the controversial Christmas Day which had problematic religious associations. 8 )      New Yorkers loved the child centric version and embraced it immediately. 9 )      There are four hand written copies known to exist. Three are in museums while the fourth was sold in 2006 for $280,000. 10)   The last line of the poem is actually “But…

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