On the Night Before Christmas
by Sheilagh Watkins
On the Night Before Christmas is a modern version of the classic poem, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”. The original poem first appeared in print in 1823 in the New York “Sentinel”. Clement Clarke Moore composed the poem after a shopping trip on a sleigh. This version follows the theme of a father who awakens to the sound of reindeer. He runs to the window and sees Santa slip down the chimney, carrying a sack of toys with him. He watches as Santa fills the stockings hanging by the fireplace. Santa then disappears up the chimney, climbs onto his sleigh and flies away into the snowy, night sky.
About the Author:
Shelagh Watkins is writer, editor and publisher at Mandinam Press. Her first novel, Mr. Planemaker’s Flying Machine, was serialised on Preston FM community radio in 2009. The sequel, Mr. Planemaker’s Diving Machine, was published in 2011. Shelagh’s second novel, The Power of Persuasion, was published in 2008. The same year, she edited and published Forever Friends, an anthology of short stories and poems written by members of publishedauthors.org. A follow-up anthology, Forever Travels, was published in 2010. A third anthology, Forever Families, was published in 2012.