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Christmas Poem – Twas the Night Before Christmas

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“Twas the Night Before Christmas” is a famous Christmas poem wrote by Clement Clarke Moore. Inspired by the children story of St. Nicholas who gave children gifts on their birthday and to bring joy to his ailing daughter’s life, Moore wrote the “A Visit from St. Nicholas” poem on Christmas Eve of 1822.  This poem was first published anonymously in 1823 and generally attributed to Clement Clark Moore , although the claim has also been made that it was written by Henry Livingston, Jr.  The title was changed to match its first line and has attracted many generation for nearly 190 years.

The poem presented below  is not the original poem, but the adaption of Moore’s original piece as I found in McHenry’s Quips, Quotes & Other Notes book.

To read original poem – A Visit from Saint Nicholas, visit this link:

Twas the Night Before Christmas Poem

twas the night before christmas poemTwas the night before Jesus came, and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus wouldn’t come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
and mom in her rocker with a baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out of the East there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be The Day!
The light of his face made me cover my head
It was Jesus returning just like he had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth
I cried when I saw him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which he held in his hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as he searched for my name
When he said “I’s not here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to his Father above.
With those who were ready he rose without a sound
While all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all.

from McHenry’s Quips, Quotes & Other Notes, Copyrights © 1998 by Raymond McHenry, p.268, available online at

Related Bible Verses

34)”Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35)For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36)Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man. “
~ Luke 21 : 34 – 36 NIV

30)“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31)And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
~ Matthew 24 : 30 – 31 NIV

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
~ Matthew 24 : 44 NIV

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
~ Matthew 25 : 13 NIV

Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
~ Revelation 1 : 3 NIV

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
~ Revelation 20 : 12 NIV

Nothing impure will enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
~ Revelation 21 : 27 NIV

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
~ Revelation 3 : 11 NIV

Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
~ Revelation 22 : 12 NIV

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  1. Yes, and Christ is coming much sooner than most people think. All we have to do is just look at world events. The entire globe is in utter chaos.

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