Easily add farmhouse holiday style to your home with this free 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Free Printable. Just download, print and frame - available in multiple sizes too!
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Are you looking for a delightful way to infuse your home with farmhouse Christmas charm? This festive sign is an easy way to quickly and affordably add charm to your home this holiday season. Reading The Night Before Christmas was a tradition in my home when I was a child, and now I'm passing that tradition on to my daughters. This free Christmas poster printable with a snippet of this classic Christmas poem features Santa's sleigh and his miniature reindeer dashing through a magical night. The chalkboard green background easily fits into many Christmas decor styles and is a fun way to bring this classic story into your home.
History of Twas the Night Before Christmas
But before you embark on this festive decorating journey, let's dive a little into the fascinating history behind Clement Clarke Moore and his timeless holiday tale.
Clement Clarke Moore, an American scholar and poet, penned the beloved poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, also known as "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Originally published anonymously in 1823, the poem quickly captured the hearts of readers around the world. Moore's enchanting words introduced the world to Santa Claus as we know him today, solidifying his place as a Christmas legend.
The story follows the adventures of a family on Christmas Eve as they await the arrival of Santa Claus and Christmas Day. Moore's vivid descriptions bring to life the magical atmosphere, the reindeer on the rooftop, and the jolly figure of St. Nicholas himself. Generations have cherished this heartwarming tale, passing it down as a cherished tradition.
Our 'Twas the Night Before Christmas printable serves as a beautiful homage to this timeless story and the joy it brings. Each time you glance at the sign, you'll be reminded of the rich history and cherished memories associated with Clement Clarke Moore's iconic poem.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Check out the other prints in my free printable library.
How to Download and Print
Each printable comes in 4 different sizes that can be printed as is or downsized for 14 different size formats for whatever frame you have at on-hand. Frames with removable backs make it super easy to display your seasonal art, or purchase fun and affordable wood picture frame hangers.
To download these free Christmas printables, all you have to do is click the picture below with the words “CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD”. You will then be taken to a DropBox folder with the free Christmas printable images and their sizes. Click on the size that you want, and then hit the download arrow. Once your file has downloaded, print and frame! It’s that simple to add (free) holiday cheer to your home!
- I usually print the large image sizes as posters versus photos because it’s usually cheaper.
- If printing photos, I like to choose matte finish over glossy so the photo quality looks better.
- Poster and picture printers that I love: Shutterfly, Zazzle or CVS.
- Great places to get inexpensive farmhouse-style picture and poster frames: Michaels, Target or Amazon.
- LOVE this stylish and affordable wood picture hanger found here.
'Twas The Night Before Christmas Poem
I thought you might also enjoy the full text of this classic Christmas poem.
The Night Before Christmas By Clement Clarke Moore
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!