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SOME TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO, Santa Claus lore was collected into what has been called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American.” Author of ” ’Twas the night before Christmas,” as it opened, was (arguably) Clement C. Moore, a Professor of Oriental and Greek Literature as well as Divinity and Biblical Learning at the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City.
Wikipedia gives the “arguable” details, but let’s agree to celebrate Happy Holidays without bickering.
1993 Christmas Roadster. Here’s what we put together at R&T for December 1993.
A Dad’s Joke. Who accompanied St. Nicholas down the chimney? No, not the reindeer; they pranced and pawed away up on the roof. Indeed, it was a jerk.
As stated in the line beginning “And fill’d all the stockings,” Moore implies St. Nick was accompanied by a jirk, evidently that era’s spelling.
With that Dad’s Joke, I announce my traditional Happy Holiday Hiatus from now until January First. Have one yourself too, and thanks sincerely for your readership. ds
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