“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Almost 200 years after it was written, this is still the most-published, most-read, and most-memorized poem in all of Christmas literature.
According to legend, Clement Clarke Moore wrote his immortal poem for his family on Christmas Eve 1822. He never intended that it be published, but a family friend learned of the poem and submitted it to the editor of the Troy New York Sentinel, where it made its first appearance in print on December 23, 1823. Soon, the poem began to be reprinted in other newspapers, almanacs and magazines, and was published in The New York Book of Poetry in 1837. It was not until 1844 that Moore acknowledged authorship. Almost 200 years later later, The Night Before Christmas is the most-published, most-read, most-memorized and most-collected book in all of Christmas literature.