'Twas the Night before Christmas
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Select the missing terms from Clement Clarke Moore's famous poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (better known as 'Twas the Night before Christmas).




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’Twas the night before , when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the 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 ;
And mamma in her , and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the 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 and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to 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 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, Donder and Blitzen!
“To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
“Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As dry that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an , 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 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 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 ! 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 as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he , like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in 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 to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his 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 , ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
 
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