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24 December 2020

An excerpt from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' read by Barbara Matthews, Executive Dean Culture with illustration and animation by Bruna Monteiro Dos Santos.


'Twas the Night Before Christmas' (an edited excerpt)

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house 
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. 
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, 
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. 

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, 
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. 
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, 
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. 

With a little old driver, so lively and quick, 
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick. 
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, 
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name! 

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! 
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen! 
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! 
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!" 

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof 
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. 
As I drew in my head, and was turning around, 
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound. 

His eyes – how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! 
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! 
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, 
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow. 

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, 
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk. 
And laying his finger aside of his nose, 
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose! 

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, 
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. 
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, 
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Clement Clarke Moore

Bruna Monteiro Dos Santos is an MA Animation alumna from the School of Art & Design.