'Twas the Night Before Christmas - ​by Clement Clarke Moore

A Christmas Message for you from Kidoons!

Watch your favourite Kidoons characters tell the classic poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" featuring the voices of Kidoons creative directors Craig Francis and Rick Miller. Join Paddy the Beaver, Jerry Muskrat, The Brothers Grimm, Grandfather Frog and more as they re-tell this most classic of Christmas poems for you. Kidoons wishes you a happy holiday and a fun, creative and story-filled 2018!

'Twas the Night Before Christmas
by Clement Clarke Moore.

GRANDFATHER FROG
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

MADISON RABBIT
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
WILLIAM H MINKY
And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,

JERRY MUSKRAT
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

TOPPER THE TOPMOST MOUSE
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

ETHAN EAGLE
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

CHATTERER
Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

BUSTER
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.

BILLY MINK
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

JOE OTTER
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
BATTERY BOB
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

DR. N
His eyes—how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
SAMSON
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

PADDY THE BEAVER
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.

THE BROTHERS GRIMM
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
STEVE ADORE
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

CAPTAIN NEMO
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

REDMOND DACE
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
GRANDFATHER FROG
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

Merry Christmas everybody!