An 1823 poem by Clement Clarke Moore about a visit from [[SantaClaus St. Nick]]. Originally titled and also known as "A Visit from St. Nicholas".

[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upuUV_TdmtM Here it is as read by none other than the trumpet master Louis Armstrong, himself.]]

!! The poem contains the following tropes:

* AdaptationDistillation: The poem crystallizes a number of ideas about St. Nicholas first found in Washington Irving's ''Knickerbocker History of New York''.
* BeamMeUpScotty:
** "On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!" Only it isn't--the original poem retained the ''Dutch'' names ''Donder'' and ''Blixen'', as was suitable to the old Dutch settlers of New York who introduced Santa Claus to America. Later re-printings {{Retcon}}ned the names into their more familiar German forms.
** The phrase "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
* ChristmasElves: St Nick ''himself'' is described as an 'elf' here, making this debatably the UrExample.
* HollywoodDarkness: Played with. "The moon on the crest of the newfallen snow / Gave a lustre of midday to objects below."
* TropeCodifier: As stated above, this little poem etched in stone a lot of the core image we have of SantaClaus.
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