Clement Clarke Moore (1779 - 1863) wrote the poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ -
also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas" - in 1822.
It is now the tradition in many families to read the poem every Christmas Eve.
The poem 'Twas the night before Christmas' has redefined our image of Christmas and Santa
Prior to the creation of the story of 'Twas the night before Christmas' St. Nicholas, the patron
saint of children, had never been associated with a sleigh or reindeers!
Clement Moore, the author of the poem, was a reticent man and it is believed that a family friend, Miss H. Butler, sent a copy of the poem to the New York Sentinel who published the
The condition of publication was that the author was to remain anonymous.
The first publication date was 23rd December 1823 and it was an immediate success.
It was not until 1844 that Clement Clarke Moore claimed ownership when the work
was included in a book of his poetry.