The Delightful History and Origin of The Night Before Christmas as recalled by Dinghy Sharp.
by Mark Kimball Moulton
I love this book. Moulton has written an easy-to-read and easy-to-listen-to poem about the history of The Night Before Christmas written by Clement Moore. The background for this book came from Moore's great-great-granddaughter, Dinghy Sharp. (Where did she get a name like Dinghy is another story I'd like to read!)
Growing up my parents and 6 siblings gathered in the living room for a Christmas Eve program, of sorts. We sang Christmas carols, read the story of Christ's birth from the Bible, and shared various stories and talents before setting a bowl with our name attached on the sofa so Santa would fill it with a few nuts and an orange. One of my siblings, usually the second oldest brother, would read The Night Before Christmas.
I am now 65-years-old and as many of us and our families who are in town still gather on Christmas Eve for a program of singing, present exchanges, reading the nativity story, and reading The Night Before Christmas. I've always loved hearing it reread through the years.
Another Christmas tradition dealing with Christmas stories started when we children grew up and had families of our own. My mother would buy each family a Christmas book and give it to us in early December. It was a tradition much loved by her offspring.
In view of these two traditions, I bought this book to share with my family since Grandma isn't with us anymore. I am looking forward to gathering them around after a Sunday dinner in early December to share The Visit with them. And on Christmas Eve I will share it with all the siblings & spouses, and nieces & nephews after we first hear The Night Before Christmas.
I am in awe of Moutlon's ability to tell this story in such a delightful and lively poem. I read it to my husband when it first arrived in the mail a few months ago and we both adored it.
The Visit is published by Lang Books.