The Night Before Christmas
Probably the single most popular Christmas book to read aloud to children, The Night before Christmas by Clement C Moore was first published in 1823. Originally titled A Visit from St. Nicholas the poem significantly shaped the concept of our modern Santa Claus. There have been numerous editions illustrated by numerous artists; my favorites are the versions illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith and Arthur Rackham (available on Amazon.) New editions of this favorite appear every Christmas.
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