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Friday, December 25, 2015

Poetry Friday--Merry Christmas!

Here are a few illustrations from old editions of Clement C. Moore's classic poem, The Night before Christmas (also known as A Visit from St. Nicholas).

James G. Gregory, publisher, 1862. Illustrations from drawings by F. O. C. Darley.

L. Prang publisher, 1864.

Houghton Mifflin publisher, 1912. Illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith.

The Atlantic Monthly Press publisher, 1921.

Merry Christmas!

The Poetry Friday Round-Up is being held at Live Your Poem.

The Library will be open again for business Saturday at 9:00 AM.

Old editions of The Night Before Christmas available to view at Open Library and the Project Gutenberg


  1. I love these old illustrations... the one with Santa laying his finger on his nose best of all. How sly and spry he looks! :)

    1. I love the Santa hats, they all look like acorn caps to me.

  2. Have you seen the movie "Elf," Diane? There's something Ed Asner-y about this Santa's eye-twinkle.

    1. Have I seen Elf? Only like a million times!

  3. Appreciations for these old-time Christmas cards.
    They are charmers.

    Vibrant New Year 2016 to Nesmith Library! + Kurious Kitty.