Holley , was a family friend of Moore's and possibly a distant relative. Holley that he received it from Mrs. Sackett, the wife of Mr. Daniel Sackett who was then a merchant in this city". Moore describes two stages of copying, first "by a relative of Dr Moores in her Album" and second, "by a friend of hers, from Troy. By that time, the original publisher and at least seven others had already acknowledged his authorship.
Livingston family lore gives credit to their forebear rather than Moore, but there is no proof that Livingston himself ever claimed authorship, nor has any record ever been found of any printing of the poem with Livingston's name attached to it, despite more than 40 years of searches.
Advocates for Livingston's authorship argue that Moore "tried at first to disavow" the poem. Kaller examined the book in question, A Complete Treatise on Merinos and Other Sheep , as well as many letters signed by Moore, and found that the "signature" was not penned by Moore, and thus provides no evidence that Moore made any plagiaristic claim. Kaller's findings were confirmed by autograph expert James Lowe, by Dr. According to Kaller, Moore's name was likely written on the book by a New-York Historical Society cataloger to indicate that it had been a gift from Moore to the Society.
The following points have been advanced in order to credit the poem to Major Henry Livingston Jr. Livingston also wrote poetry primarily using an anapaestic metrical scheme, and it is claimed that some of the phraseology of A Visit is consistent with other poems by Livingston, and that Livingston's poetry is more optimistic than Moore's poetry published in his own name. But Stephen Nissenbaum argues in his Battle for Christmas that the poem could have been a social satire of the Victorianization of Christmas.
Furthermore, Kaller claims that Foster cherry-picked only the poems that fit his thesis and that many of Moore's unpublished works have a tenor, phraseology, and meter similar to A Visit. Moore had even written a letter titled "From Saint Nicholas" that may have predated Foster also contends that Moore hated tobacco and would, therefore, never have depicted Saint Nicholas with a pipe.
However, Kaller notes, the source of evidence for Moore's supposed disapproval of tobacco is The Wine Drinker , another poem by him. In actuality, that verse contradicts such a claim. Moore's The Wine Drinker criticizes self-righteous, hypocritical advocates of temperance who secretly indulge in the substances which they publicly oppose, and supports the social use of tobacco in moderation as well as wine, and even opium, which was more acceptable in his day than it is now.
Foster also asserts that Livingston's mother was Dutch, which accounts for the references to the Dutch Sinteklaes tradition and the use of the Dutch names "Dunder and Blixem". Against this claim, it is suggested by Kaller that Moore — a friend of writer Washington Irving and member of the same literary society — may have acquired some of his knowledge of New York Dutch traditions from Irving.
Nicholas came riding over the tops of the trees, in that self-same wagon wherein he brings his yearly presents to children, and he descended hard by where the heroes of Communipaw had made their late repast. And he lit his pipe by the fire, and sat himself down and smoked; and as he smoked, the smoke from his pipe ascended into the air and spread like a cloud overhead.
And Oloffe bethought him, and he hastened and climbed up to the top of one of the tallest trees, and saw that the smoke spread over a great extent of country; and as he considered it more attentively, he fancied that the great volume of smoke assumed a variety of marvelous forms, where in dim obscurity he saw shadowed out palaces and domes and lofty spires, all of which lasted but a moment, and then faded away, until the whole rolled off, and nothing but the green woods were left.
And when St. Nicholas had smoked his pipe, he twisted it in his hatband, and laying his finger beside his nose, gave the astonished Van Kortlandt a very significant look; then, mounting his wagon, he returned over the tree-tops and disappeared.
MacDonald P. Nicholas soon would be there; 5 The children were nestled all snug in their beds, 6 While visions of sugar plums danc'd in their heads, 7 And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, 8 Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap- 9 When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, 10 I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer, and Vixen, 22 "On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blixem; 23 "To the top of the porch! These comedic riffs on the Christmas classic will have you laughing like Santa Claus.
The original version of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" was published in in a Troy, New York, newspaper. When it first appeared two days before Christmas, it was unattributed. In the coming years, as the poem's popularity grew, several writers would claim to be its author, including Clement Clarke Moore , a classics professor, writer, and friend of author Washington Irving.
Moore published his own version of the poem, said to have been inspired by a Christmas shopping trip years earlier, in He also would occasionally give autographed versions of the poem to friends. In recent years, some scholars have contended that an acquaintance of Moore's, Henry Livingston, Jr. Nearly everyone can recite the opening lines of "A Visit From St. Nicholas" by heart.
The following parodies of "The Night Before Christmas" all follow the same basic structure. Although Albert does not complete his task until about one minute after the midnight deadline, the clock does play its song within earshot of Santa which convinces him to turn around and come to town after all.
Similar to its use in the original special, the song is sung by Kyle to Stan and Kenny during a seemingly hopeless situation. At one point, Joshua Trundle's face is even superimposed over Kyle's face. A Blu-ray was released on October 5, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Against this claim, it is suggested by Kaller that Moore — a friend of writer Washington Irving and member of the same literary society — may Twas The Night Before Christmas acquired some of Twas The Night Before Christmas knowledge of New York Dutch traditions from Irving. Daniel Sackett who was then a merchant in this city". MacDonald P. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name! And when St. Company Credits. Cookies Policy. Four hand-written copies of the poem are known to exist and three are in museums, including the New-York Historical Society library. Joe Nickellauthor of Pen, Ink and Evidence.
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