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Justin Fletcher - The Night Before Christmas

Justin Fletcher reads The Night Before Christmas. A festive tale about the night before Christmas and all the excitement it brings.


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Hello, there!

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I'm Justin.

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Are you excited for Christmas Day, tomorrow?

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Woohoo!

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So am I.

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Have you hung your stocking,

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and left a glass of milk for Father Christmas?

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Oh, brilliant!

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Well, tonight's magical bedtime story is all about Christmas Eve,

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and Father Christmas coming.

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So snuggle down,

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and start getting excited!

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It's called The Night Before Christmas,

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and is written by Clement C Moore,

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with illustrations by Mark Marshall.

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'Twas the night before Christmas

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when all through the house

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not a creature was stirring,

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not even a...

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SQUEAKING

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..mouse.

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The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

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in hope that St Nicholas soon would be there.

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Us children were nestled all snug in our beds,

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while visions of sugarplums danced in our heads.

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And Mama, in her kerchief,

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and Dada, in his cap,

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had just settled down for a long winter's nap...

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..when out on the lawn there arose such a clatter!

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I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

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Away to the window I flew like a flash,

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tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

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The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow

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gave the lustre of midday to objects below...

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..when what to my wondering eyes should appear,

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but a miniature sleigh

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and eight tiny reindeer...

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with a little old driver so lively and quick.

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I knew in a moment

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it must be St Nick!

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More rapid than eagles his coursers, they came,

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and he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

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HE WHISTLES

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Now, Dasher! Now Dancer!

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Now, Prancer and Vixen!

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On, Comet! On, Cupid!

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On, Donner! Ooh, and Blitzen!

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To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall.

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Now, dash away, dash away,

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dash away, all!

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Ho, ho, ho!

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As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

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when they meet with an obstacle mount to the sky,

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so up to the house top the coursers they flew,

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with the sleigh full of toys and St Nicolas too.

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And then, in a twinkling,

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I heard on the roof,

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the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

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As I drew in my head and was turning around,

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down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

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He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot,

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and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.

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A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

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and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

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His eyes - how they twinkled!

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His dimples - how merry!

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His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a...

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BEEP!

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..cherry.

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His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

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and the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

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He had a broad face and a round little belly

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that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.

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HE LAUGHS

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He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

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and I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself.

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A wink of his eye and a twist of his head

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soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

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He spoke not a word but went straight to his work,

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and filled all the stockings

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then turned with a jerk.

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And, laying his finger aside of his nose,

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and giving a nod,

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up the chimney he rose.

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He sprang to his sleigh,

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to his team gave a whistle...

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HE WHISTLES

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..and away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

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But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

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"Happy Christmas to all,

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"and to all a goodnight!"

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Well, it's almost Christmas Day.

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So, quick - we'd better get to sleep so that Father Christmas will come.

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I hope you all have a really magical Christmas.

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Take care.

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Sleep well.

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Goodnight!

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Justin Fletcher tells this festive tale about the night before Christmas and all the excitement it brings.