Twas the Night Before Christmas

By Clement C. Moore; Elena Almazova (Illustrator); Vitaly Shvarov (Illustrator)
(Grafton and Scratch Publishers, Hardcover, 9780987902306, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 2012

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A letter from Santa Claus: In this special twenty-first-century edition, select lines have quietly slipped from the pages. Here at the North Pole, we decided to leave all of that tired old business of smoking well behind us a long time ago. The reindeer also asked that I confirm that I have only ever worn faux fur out of respect for the endangered species that are in need of our protection. This includes my dear friends the arctic polar bears. Publishers note: It was our sincere pleasure to act on Santa’s express wishes. As the direct link between the exposure to the depiction of characters smoking and youth initiation to nicotine has been well established, we were compelled to make these recommended changes. This influential poem has been at the very center of holiday reading for close to two hundred years, and our wish is that it will remain vivid and treasured for many generations to come. The launch of this edition is May 31, in conjunction with the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day.




About the Author
Clement C. Moore (1779 1863), an American scholar and poet, first wrote The Night Before Christmas in 1822 to entertain his children. A friend submitted it to a local newspaper, The Troy Sentinel, where it was published on December 23, 1823. Moore's delightful description of St. Nicholas and his eight flying reindeer has since become the definitive portrait of Santa Claus.






Praise For Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas The Night Before Christmas is the best known poem in the English language. If someone gave us its first line, most of us could recite the second line automatically. 
--Bruce David Forbes—author

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