On Christmas Eve night, while a family and their children were sleeping, a daughter awakens to noises outside his house. Looking out the window, she sees Santa Claus (Saint Nicholas) in an air-borne sleigh pulled by eight reindeer. After landing his sleigh on the roof, the saint enters the house through the chimney, carrying a sack of toys with him. The daughter watches Santa filling the children´s Christmas stockings hanging by the fire, and laughs to himself. They share a conspiratorial moment before Santa bounds up the chimney again. As he flies away, Santa wishes everyone a ´´Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.´´ The Night Before Christmas is a poem first published anonymously in 1823 and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in 1837. The poem has been called arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American and is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-19th century to today. It has had a massive impact on the history of Christmas gift-giving. Before the poem gained wide popularity, American ideas had varied considerably about Saint Nicholas and other Christmastide visitors. A Visit from St. Nicholas eventually was set to music and has been recorded by many artists. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathy Garver. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/136603/bk_acx0_136603_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.