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Author Information: Clement C. Moore

 
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Clement Clarke Moore (17791863), an American scholar and poet, first wrote The Night Before Christmas in 1822 to entertain his children. A friend submitted it to a local newspaper, The Troy Sentinel, where it was published on December 23, 1823. Moore's delightful description of St. Nicholas and his eight flying reindeer has since become the definitive portrait of Santa Claus.
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Although Clement Moore is generally credited with authorship of "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" (the poem's actual title), some people now believe that it was actually written by Henry Livingston. A discussion of the authorship can be found here

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