The Night Before Christmas
Clement C. Moore ~ Corinne Malvern ~ Western Publishing, 1949
Now time for the obligatory The Night Before Christmas. This Malvern-illustrated version has come in countless incarnations with a medley of different covers, but here, I share my 1970s (?) edition. I particularly like the cover of this one I found on flickr, and I don't believe Ms. Malvern drew that illustration. Anyone? Anyone? Anywho.
The story of the peddler opening his pack never gets old for me no matter who's doing the drawing. I'm still hoping Santa will drop Fuji's on me someday. Hint, hint.
That said, a very red and round, old school jolly fat man here... a definite descendant of Thomas Nast's Harper's Weekly creation. I was really hoping to read the boy The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum this time around, but now my copy seems to be AWOL. Oh well, one more year of a visit from St. Nick doesn't phase me in the slightest. My favorite line...
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
Wow. Such a great line. Such a great poem. Cheers all.
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