A Visit from St. Nicholas

po_Moore-Clement-Clarke“A Visit from St. Nicholas”, more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas” and “ ’​Twas the Night Before Christmas” from its first line, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823, and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who acknowledged authorship in 1837.


The poem, which has been called “arguably the po_Moore-Clarkebest-known verses ever written by an American”, is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today, and has had a massive impact on the history of Christmas gift giving. Prior to the poem, American ideas about St. Nicholas and other Christmastide visitors varied considerably. It became a popular poem which was set to music and was recorded by many artists.