"Twas the Night Before Christmas" is edited by Santa Claus for the benefit of children of the 21st century. 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 endangered species. 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.
Clement C. Moore (1779-1863) is widely regarded as the very poet of Christmas Eve. Much of the way we have come to celebrate December 24 is based on Moore's portrayal of a jolly Santa who, along with his team of reindeer, brings happiness to children and joy to the world. "Twas the Night Before Christmas" was originally published in the New York "Troy Sentinal" newspaper in 1823. It has become the most famous poem in the English language. In 2011, various editions of this enchanting poem spent thirty-six weeks on the "New York Times" best-sellers list under the children's category.