Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1949 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
amusement in te Christmas season
of 1822 he wrote a poem which he
called "A Visit from St Nick."
Dr. Moore lived in a beautiful big
country house on a hill where two of
New York's busiest streets now
Among his neighbors was a fat,
jolly, rubicond Dutchman, and this
cheerful old soul was Dr. Moore's
model for the Santa Claus immortal
ized in his poem.
The Christmas jingle itself was
legend, he was the patronpffcbjl
dren. t "-,
Youngsters in the Lowlands used
to put out their stockings and wood
en shoes for the gifts. San Nlcolaas
he was called hence the corruption,
It was the year 1844, before Dr.
Moore, the serious student, acknowl
edged the authorship of the child
hood verse, " 'Twas the Night Before
Christmas." And it is only in recent
years that his grave has been recog-
beiMMW&&lWWKW&MmUSto- jftUan - sgragrezgre " ' '
Honoring the Father of Santa Claus! New York school children hold
ing annual Christmas eve celebration around the grave of Dr. Clement
Moore, man who wrote famous poem " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
picked up by the newspapers, and
jjsar after year it was copied all over
the country, and finally, after civil
war days and after the death of Dr.
Moore, the Santa Claus he had de
scribed became a national institution.
Of course St Nick himself is far
older than the professor's poem. He
was supposedly a bishop of the earlv
ehurch, and, according to a Dutch j
nized with a regular ceremony.
Since 1912 a group of New York
children annually has made a Christ
mas eve pilgrimage to his tomb.
Tonight their ceremony over the
grave of the "Father of Santa Claus"
will be more elaborate than before,
and the thanks of every child in
America will be offered up there in
memory of the man whojgave us the