Here’s another of my Still on the Shelf series, where I tell you, book by blessed book, why I periodically run a dust rag across them, pull them off the shelf, and open them up to read.
A lifetime of reading has left me with a sizable number of books. Throughout the years I have donated them for tax deductions and traded them for credit by the carload. But for all the trimming and weeding my collection has undergone these past decades, the ones remaining on the shelves are there for a reason: they’ve withstood the tests of time. Although I’m more inclined to pick up my Kindle these days, there are still plenty of books on my shelves, and The Night Before Christmas is one of them, especially this time of year.
The Night Before Christmas Or a Visit of St. Nicholas: an Antique Reproduction
by Clement Clarke Moore (author), William Roger Snow (illustrator), Russell Barber (introduction)
Publisher: Philomel Books
Do we really need another published version of this poem? How many illustrated versions of the book have been created since it was first published anonymously on December 23, 1823? (which, by a lucky coincidence, is 192 years to the date this blog is being published). How many versions? Not enough. There’s always room for more. I personally own just a few, but this one is my favorite.
Moore wrote A Visit of St. Nicholas for his six children and had no intention to publish it, but Continue reading