‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ that inspired Santa Claus

 

We all know Santa Claus, the jolly philanthropist of the North Pole. But where did he come from? Though inspired by the real-life St. Nicholas, who lived circa 280, many credit Clement C. Moore’s 1823 poem as the origin of the modern character. Below is the poem printed in its entirety, along with insight as to how it defined our modern Saint Nick.

 

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