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This LO was inspired by the creation of the mini album I made for Christmas gifts this year. The journaling tells the story of how the mini album came to be and in addition, a note about the author and poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

For some reason the dimension on this scan is causing distortion. I have scanned it several times and this is the best I can get!

Hidden Journaling 1:
Every year for Christmas I make a hand made gift for my family and friends. The memories of my mother reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas gave me the idea to make a mini album of the story to give as a gift this holiday season.

I started by doing some research on the internet to find the correct version of the story. Without much effort I found what I was looking for. To my surprise it included a note about the author of this now famous poem, not story; as I had thought, and after reading the note I knew I had what I was looking for. I immediately went to my sketchbook and while piecing together my ideas, I remembered a Christmas party in high school and a significant memory related to a gift I had been given. I made a quick dash for my high school memory box and there it was. In mint condition, the re-creation of the 1849 illustrated edition of Saint Nicholas, better known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Only two copies of the original edition are known to exist which are kept in the Rare Book Division of the New York Public Library. The facsimile of the original edition is what I used to create the 4 x 6 accordion albums. I included the note about the author and a ledger page for the “book history”. It is my hope that the recipients of this mini album keep it as an heirloom piece within their families for another 100 years using the ledger to record those family members that have seen it or had it in their possession.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is Christmas to me. I can remember really believing that a jolly old man was coming down my chimney, the excitement of going to bed and awakening to presents under the tree on Christmas morning. It takes me back to when I was little and life was simple. It is my Mom and Dad, and my brother, together. I believe in the magic of Christmas and I can still recall hearing the bells from the sleigh every Christmas Eve.

Hidden Journaling 2:
Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem, which he named “A Visit From St. Nicholas”, was published for the first time on December 23, 1823 by a New York newspaper, the Sentinel. Since then, the poem has been reprinted, translated into innumerable languages and circulated throughout the world.

Clement Clarke Moore was born in 1779 to a well-known New York family. His father, Reverend Benjamin Moore, was president of (what is now) Columbia University and was the Episcopal Bishop of New York. Moore’s father also participated in George Washington’s first inauguration and gave last rites to Alexander Hamilton after Hamilton was mortally wounded in an 1804 duel with Aaron Burr. Moore himself was an author, a noted Hebrew scholar, spoke five languages, and was an early real-estate owner and developer in Manhattan.

Despite his accomplishments, Clement Clarke Moore is remembered only for “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”, which legend says he wrote on Christmas Eve in 1822 during a sleigh ride home from Greenwich Village after buying a turkey for his family. Some say the inspiration for Moore’s pot-bellied St. Nicholas was the chubby, bewhiskered Dutchman who drove Moore to Greenwich Village to buy his holiday turkey. Moore never copyrighted his poem, and only claimed it as his own over a decade after it was first made public.

Moore read the poem to his wife and six children the night he wrote it, and supposedly thought no more about it. But a family friend heard about it and submitted the poem to the Sentinel, a newspaper in Upstate New York, which published it anonymously the following Christmas. Moore’s poem immediately caught the attention and imagination of the state, then the nation, and then the world. Finally, in 1844, he included it in a book of his poetry. Moore died in 1863 and is buried in Trinity Church Cemetery in lower Manhattan, New York.

Because of his “mere trifle”, as he called it, 175 years ago Clement Clarke Moore almost single-handedly defined our now timeless image of Santa Claus.

Rusty Pickle Products Used:
Rustic Green
Rustic Red
Rustic Nine Square
Huge Crème Rub ons
Rustic Red File Folder
Small circle Walnut tags
Sm. and Lg. Walnut tags
4 x 6 Husk Card Keeper
Teresa sport stamps
Olive & Black Staz-On

Other products Used:
Van Dyke Brown ink
Misc. ribbons and material
Illustrated story (my personal copy)
Salvaged metal embellishments
Provocraft Holly Argyle paper
Twas the Night Before stamp set - Close To My Heart
Starfish (Christmas trees)

Alison Reynolds