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Free Resource (#459) - Dec. 18th, 2007
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Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit From St. Nicholas)

Listen to the poem that is largely responsible for the contemporary American conception of Santa Claus, including his physical appearance, the night of his visit, his mode of transportation, the number and names of his reindeer, and his delivery of toys to children. First published in New York in 1823, this poem details the observation of a visit from St. Nick to a house as he lands on the roof, shoots down the chimney, and fills stockings with toys. This poem is read for the weekly poetry project at LibriVox by nine different narrators. For a fun one, listen to Brad Bush and his daughter Grace read the poem. It is available on MP3 download through LibriVox.

Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit From St. Nicholas)

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol has become Charles Dickens' immortal holiday gift to generations of readers. In this short novel, Dickens follows old mizer Ebenezer Scrooge as he is forced to face up to a life of selfish behavior and all-consuming greed. This redemptive tale has left its mark on the culture via stage, television and cinema, but perhaps its purist impact can only be found on the page. We hope you enjoy this audio rendition of the definitive Christmas parable.

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