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''.
* BigFun: St. Nicholas has "a broad face, and a little round belly / That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly."
* 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. However, albeit this was most likely unintentional, the name "Donner" still could retain some significance depending on how you look at it; in French, the verb "donner" means "to give," which is quite faithful to the spirit of Christmas, indeed.
** 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."
* SantaClaus: You were expecting maybe the EasterBunny?
* SmokingIsCool: "The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth / And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath." Of course, [[{{Bowdlerise}} modern depictions of Santa don't usually smoke.]]
* TropeCodifier: As stated above, this little poem etched in stone a lot of the core image we have of SantaClaus.
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