The Night Before Christmas

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Release date: August 24, 1993

A holiday favorite for children of all ages, The Night Before Christmas comes alive in the joyous performance by Meryl Streep and several outstanding musicians in this illustrated book and compact disc edition. Meryl Streep lends her incredibly talented voice to Clement C. Moore's timeless poem of St. Nick's arrival on Christmas Eve. The characters come to life through the artistry of her performance, enhanced by the spirited original score. The CD also includes traditional Christmas music by celebrated artists Mark O'Conner, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Van Dyke Parks, Sara W. Neil, and Streep, who narrates "The Night Before Christmas", "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" and "Away In A Manger". The CD was re-released in October 2007.

Clement Clarke Moore (1779–1863) is the credited author of A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known today as Twas the Night Before Christmas. Moore was most famous in his own day as a professor of Oriental and Greek literature at Columbia College (now Columbia University). At General Theological Seminary he compiled a two volume Hebrew dictionary.