Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779 – July 10, 1863) was an American Professor of Oriental and Greek Literature, as well as Divinity and Biblical Learning, at the General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in New York City. Located on land donated by the “Bard of Chelsea” himself, the seminary still stands today on Ninth Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets, in an area known as Chelsea Square. Moore’s connection with that institution continued for over twenty-five years. He is the author of the yuletide poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas”, which later became famous as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”.
Thank you Clement Clarke Moore for the most beautiful Christmas poem ever written!
The past week, I have been working on the sequel to “The Wolf’s Moon” and “The River.”
Working on the new book, I almost forgot that it is Christmas time!
Maybe it’s because it has been so warm. There hasn’t been any snow and the cold spells have been brief.
Regardless, there is so much in my private life to be thankful for.
The last three years have been tough but through it all, my wife stood by my side. My family and friends were all there for me in prayer and presence helping me through to this season.
Christmas is a time (for me at least) to say that it is a time to forgive, and remember the reason we have Christmas.
Not everyone believes in Christ and that’s okay. They don’t have to but I hope they celebrate the time of family.
I ask that all look into the eyes of a child and think about them.
Not every child will have presents under a tree – if they even have a tree. That is why I so endorse the Toys for Tots by the USMC – Reserve. There are so many other organizations that collect toys, clothes and food.
Please become a part of that.
Even if you are living in another country, find where you can help people not as lucky.
Then you too can stand and say “Semper Fidelis” – Always Faithful.
You may not believe in God, but why chance it…just in case…
Thanks for your friendship and prayers!
Merry Christmas! – Pat