Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
|Clement Clarke Moore|
Christmas observances grew more popular with the nineteenth century, and Moore’s verses helped shift the focus of gift-giving to children with the introduction of Santa Claus.
And he look'd like a peddler just opening his pack:
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight —