That dog eats too much!

— Clement Moore's young son, unintentionally engaging in hypocritical humor

The Night Before Christmas is a 1968 made-for-television animated special. It was based on an original story by Louise Turnbull, featuring a fictional telling of how Clement Moore came to write A Visit from St. Nicholas.


Professor Clement Moore goes on a short trip just before Christmas to give a series of lectures at a university. He promises to get his daughter Charity a storybook about Santa Claus for Christmas while he is away. Charity develops pneumonia while he is gone, and the doctor says she might not survive. Clement arrives back home early, just as the family servant Peter is dispatched to go get him. He is distraught to see his beloved daughter near death. He hadn't found any books about Santa Claus when he had gone shopping, and even through her fever she is asking for one. Feeling he has broken his promise, he decides to write a story of his own and read it to her. The story is "A Visit from St. Nicholas". The story pleases her, and she begins to recover the next day.


Voice actor Character
Olan Soule Dr. Clement C. Moore
Barbara Eiler Mrs. Moore
Hal Smith Dr. Sawyer
Virginia Gregg Gretchen
Diana Lee
Thurl Ravenscroft
Bill Cole
Eleanor Geffert
Julia Rinker
Laura Turnbull
Shari Turnbull
Douglas Crowther

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