'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Or Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas
author: Clement C. Moore
illustrator: Matt Tavares
Once upon a time, children imagined St. Nicholas as a stern, skinny bishop who was as likely to dole out discipline as Christmas presents. But thanks to the anonymous publication of the poem "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" in the Troy Sentinel in 1823, a plumper, merrier St. Nick was born, transformed into the sleigh-riding, chimney-diving, jolly old elf we now call Santa Claus. Complemented by gorgeous monochrome illustrations that are meticulously true to pre-Victorian times, this definitive volume of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, honoring the poem's original language in this compact gift edition.
"Lushly textured pencil drawings capture the mystery, surprise, and anticipation of...the most magical night of the year." — Publishers Weekly