The Night Before Christmas
Written by Clement C More, The Night Before Christmas, is one of the most well-known stories ever written by an American. It is responsible for the popular image of Santa Claus since the early 19th century. The story tells of a man and his family on Christmas Eve. After the children go to bed, the man hears noise and gets up to investigate. What he finds is a man dressed in a red suit who has entered the home through the fireplace. This jolly old man leaves gifts for the family and leaves through the chimney, but not before exclaiming "Merry Christmas to all an to all a good night."