Shabby Sunday: The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore 1983

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Shabby Sunday Meme

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? Please feel free to participate. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

Today’s shabby share is:

The Night Before Christmas

by Clement C. MooreLeonard Weisgard (Illustrator)


Blurb: Not a creature was stirring when jolly St. Nicholas came down the chimney…except the narrator of this well-loved rhyme. His eyewitness account of the arrival of the toy-filled sleigh and eight reindeer is beautifully illustrated by Leonard Weisgard’s warm and glowing pictures, while soft-to-touch pages make this book as special as the season.


My Thoughts:

This is one of my most treasured Christmas books to read over the holiday season, particularly on Christmas Eve. I believe most people already know the classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore, and I couldn’t tell you how many different editions we have of this one, but what makes this edition so special to me are the classic vintage illustrations by Leonard Weisgard that take me back in time to my childhood. I think I cherish this version more than my kids do for that reason alone.


My edition is the 1983 printing by Grosset & Dunlap. The cover is in bad shape and I’ve had to hot glue the pages back in already.



The pages, however, are in near perfect condition! They’re crisp and clean for their age and the illustrations are still as vivid as ever.




  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448042053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448042053

Find it on Goodreads and Amazon


Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:

Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm


Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books


Thanks for visiting Shabby Sunday! What are some of your favorite Christmas books? Do you have any vintage books you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment below or participate in Shabby Sunday if you’d like to!

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14 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore 1983

  1. Oh I love this concept! I have a bunch of books from my childhood that I’ve passed onto my toddler, which isn’t the best idea because she’s not that gentle at the moment. Anyway, this version of the Night Before Christmas is absolutely beautiful, I would cherish this!

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    1. Thank you! I know what you mean about toddlers. My four-year-old has finally gotten out of the board book stage, but she’s still so rough, lol! ❤ I hope you can find yourself a copy because it’s so worth having! Especially for the kids. 😊

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