Friday, 24 December 2010

The night before Christmas

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.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads...................

by Clement Clarke Moore.

Don't you just love this poem? It is one of my absolute favorites and I have very fond childhood memories of it being read to me and my sisters every Christmas Eve when we were small. It was a tradition that I really wanted to carry on with my own little family too.

We always settle down to watch The Polar Express with the children on Christmas Eve and then after the stockings have been hung up and the glass of milk and mince pies have been left out for Santa. Oh....... and not forgetting the carrot for Rudolph! It is time for that magical part of the evening to begin. Once we eventually get the children tucked up in their bed my husband reads it to them.......... I love watching their little faces ~ all the excitement and anticipation of going to bed knowing that when they wake up in the morning Santa will have hopefully left them lots of presents.

I hope that Santa leaves you lots of lovely presents too and that you all have a very Happy Christmas and have all your Christmas wishes come true ~ whatever they may be!:O) xx


Kate said...

I love those family tradtions that carry on into our own homes now. I wonder if your kids will one day watch Polar Express with theirs. I hope you and your family have the most wonderful and happy and merry Christmas.

andamento said...

Happy Christmas Jackie to you and your family. Have a lovely time.

periwinkle said...

We always have our Christmas Eve carpet picnic whilst watching a christmas film , new jammies and of course that same story :-).... hope you all have a very merry christmas too x

Jacquie said...

Hope you had a fantastic time Jackie.Lovely post :0)
Jacquie x

Clara said...

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and have a Happy New Year too!

Shanti said...

I had never heared the poem but I liked it... I like to read about traditions that other people have, thank you for sharing...
** I did get a lot of presents from Santa!!!
Happy New Year!