One, was the names of Santa's reindeer. The other was the expression "Happy Christmas."
Donner and Blitzen didn't really seem to fit with the others--which are all recognizable words--but as a kid I didn't think on it too much. I just accepted it as a quirk of Christmas like the fact that Santa could still get into our house to deliver presents even though we didn't have a chimney. If I was going to ponder anything it would have been on logistics like that.
I thought that was marvelous. Simply marvelous. And I have been telling everybody about it!
Clement C. Moore is generally considered the author of The Night Before Christmas. There is a little uncertainty/controversy on that point though because it was anonymously published in 1823 and Moore didn't take credit until several years later. When he came forward he said he had written it for his children, but didn't want it attributed to him initially because he was a professor and scholar. He thought it would hurt his reputation to publish such ordinary, non-scholarly works of a popular nature. True or not, that is a lovely story in and of itself. It certainly turned out to have a long lasting impact in America.
The Queen, for example, still sticks with "Happy Christmas." So, there seem to be some class issues at play there.
|Matt and I have decorated sugar cookies twice this week, once with family and once just the two of us. It was so much gall dang fun and I think they turned out really cool. I could have decorated little Christmas trees until the cows came home.|