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12/24/2014 07:44 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Daily Meditation: The Night Before Christmas

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Today's meditation features an excerpt from Clement Clarke Moore's iconic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas." With Christmas around the corner, let's take a moment to remember the magic of the holidays, alive in so many children's hearts across the globe.

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A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore

'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;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

Read the rest at Poetry Foundation.

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