No matter where you get The Night Before Christmas (compare prices) from -- a book, the Internet, or even your own memory (my husband can recite it), it's is a classic and a great way to celebrate Christmas Eve.
Written by Clement Clarke Moore, a scholar, the poem was initially published and attributed to no one in the (Troy) New York Sentinel on December 23, 1823. Updated throughout the years to reflect more modern ways of speaking, The Night Before Christmas is credited with painting the picture of Santa Claus that we all think of today, including his reindeer and their names and his mission on December 24.
We read this to our kids every Christmas Eve before they go to bed. They love the story and can recite along in parts, but they also like that we read it when we were kids too. Young children love hearing stories about their parents when they were kids -- it definitely creates another connection between parent and child.
This will be the last installment of Turn the Page Tuesday for 2012. I can't wait to discover some more great reads in 2013!
Image courtesy of Simon & Schuster