The original 19th-century text of the poem "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" is located on the Huffington Post website. The Teacher Vision website shows a version of the poem in modern English. Both versions are printer friendly.
A copy of the first publication of this poetic account of a child’s happy visit from St. Nicholas in the Troy Sentinel (1823) is reprinted and analyzed by English literature scholar MacDonald P. Jackson on the InterMedia Enterprises website. While authorship credit is debatable, some experts agree that the original poem is the work of Henry Livingston, according to the Huffington Post. A later publication attributes the poem to writer Clement Clark Moore.
Other titles of the poem include “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” and “The Night Before Christmas.”
A recitation of “'Twas the Night Before Christmas” set to vintage illustrations also is available in MPG and MP4 video formats on the InterMedia Enterprises website.