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'Twas the night before Christmas' helped make the modern Santa – and led to a literary whodunit

By Melissa Chim, Adjunct Professor and Reference Librarian, General Theological Seminary
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The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known by its opening line “‘Twas the Night before Christmas,” has a special place among Christmas traditions, right alongside hot chocolate, caroling and bright lights. It has also inspired the modern image of Santa Claus as a jolly old man sporting red and a round belly.

But this poem has been steeped in controversy, and debate still looms over who the true author is. Traditionally, Clement C. Moore…The Conversation

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