088 - The Night Before Christmas


Also known as A Visit From Santa Claus is one of the most read and referenced poems in English.

The American English Podcast

The American English Podcast

By Shana Thompson

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to Episode #088. Today we will be talking about a poem, a very famous poem. In fact it may be one of the most read and referenced poems in English. 

Don’t quote me on that, but it’s a poem that you’ll hear on the radio in the U.S. as December 25th approaches, you’ll see lines from it on Christmas cards, in advertisements and in many many movies. It’s called A Visit from Santa Claus, but you may know it as The Night Before Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, or you don’t believe in Santa Clause, but you are interested in American Culture, keep listening. 

My parents used to read this poem to me before going to bed on December 24 so it has a special place in my heart. I have to admit though, some of the vocabulary is no longer used today though, so even though I and probably a good chunk of Americans know this poem by heart, we don’t necessarily know the meaning of every word. For those of you who’d like the full transcript and explanation of the challenging words, I highly recommend signing up for Premium content. You can get access to this by signing up to Season 2…

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