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'Twas the Night before Christmas

Children's sign language poetry series. Ashley, Aimee, Donna and Simon present the poem A Visit from St Nicholas.


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Hello!

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Come on, everybody, take a seat.

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Whoa!

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Whoo!

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BOTH: Hello!

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-BOTH:

-Hello!

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Wiggle your fingers and cross your feet.

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Are you ready?

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One, two, three, watch me.

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Four, five, six, I've got some tricks.

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Seven, eight, nine, it's almost time.

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Ten!

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ALL: Magic hands!

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# Just look at my magic

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# My magic hands

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# Make your fingers super-duper. #

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Magic Hands!

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ALL: Hello, everybody.

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Welcome back to Magic Hands.

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We're all here together today

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because we have a very special poem for you.

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What do you think it's about?

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Can you guess?

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Well, look what our hands can do.

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Wow! I've made a snowman.

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Look at my elf.

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SHE GASPS

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Oh, it's a tree.

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I've got a Santa.

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What does that mean?

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ALL: It's Christmas!

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Christmas is a special time of the year

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where families come together

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and share lots of lovely food.

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And if you've been good,

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you might get presents, too.

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We have the perfect poem to get you in the Christmas mood.

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It's called 'Twas The Night Before Christmas...

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..and it's written by Clement Clarke Moore.

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Are you ready?

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Are YOU ready?

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Off we go.

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'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house

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Not a creature was stirring, not even a 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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The children were nestled all snug in their beds

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While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.

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And Mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap

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

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CLATTERING

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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 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 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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"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 and Blitzen!"

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"To the top of the porch!

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"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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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 Nicholas too.

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CLATTERING

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And then, in a twinkling, 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

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His nose like a cherry!

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He had a broad face and a little round belly

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That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

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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, 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, up the chimney he rose!

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He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle

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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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ALL: "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

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Did you enjoy that?

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Make sure you keep an eye out for Santa this Christmas Eve.

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He's going to be a very busy man delivering all those presents,

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so don't forget to leave out a mince pie

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and a nice glass of milk for him.

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And don't forget the carrot for the reindeer.

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THEY LAUGH

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Merry Christmas to all of you.

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ALL: Bye-bye!

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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Ashley, Aimee, Donna and Simon take one of the best Christmas stories and sprinkle it with glitter for some seasonal fun. With new twinkly music and animations, Santa's arrival with his eight tiny reindeer is conjured from the fingers of the lovable presenting team as they present the poem A Visit from St Nicholas.

Written almost 200 years ago, this captivating tale still snares children's imaginations to have them giggling with excitement - and if you have ever wondered what 'happy Christmas' is in British Sign Language, now's your chance to find out!