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A Visit from St. Nicholas – A Movement Story


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A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore – A Movement Story

Introduction: Begin with a group of children gathered in a circle, sitting on the floor or standing in a spacious area. A narrator or teacher can guide the movements as the story unfolds.

Narrator: (Addressing the children) Let’s embark on a magical journey as we bring to life the beloved poem “The Night Before Christmas.” Are you ready to join in the fun? Let’s begin!

Verse 1: “‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house…”

Verse 2: “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…”

Verse 3: “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…”

Verse 4: “In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there…”

Verse 5: “The children were nestled all snug in their beds…”

Verse 6: “While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads…”

Verse 7: “And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap…”

Verse 8: “Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap…”

Verse 9: “When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter…”

Verse 10: “I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter…”

Verse 11: “Away to the window, I flew like a flash…”

Verse 12: “Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash…”

Verse 13: “The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow…”

Verse 14: “Gave the lustre of midday to objects below…”

Verse 15: “When, what to my wondering eyes should appear…”

Verse 16: “But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer…”

Verse 17: “With a little old driver, so lively and quick…”

Verse 18: “I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick…”

Verse 19: “More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came…”

Verse 20: “And he whistled and shouted and called them by name…”

Verse 21: “Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!”

Verse 22: “On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!”

Verse 23: “To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall!”

Verse 24: “Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!”

Verse 25: “As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly…”

Verse 26: “When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky…”

Verse 27: “So up to the housetop, the coursers they flew…”

Verse 28: “With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too…”

Verse 29: “And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof…”

Verse 30: “The prancing and pawing of each little hoof…”

Verse 31: “As I drew in my head and was turning around…”

Verse 32: “Down the chimney, St. Nicholas came with a bound!”

Verse 33: “He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot…”

Verse 34: “And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot…”

Verse 35: “A bundle of toys he had flung on his back…”

Verse 36: “And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack…”

Verse 37: “His eyes—how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!”

Verse 38: “His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!”

Verse 39: “His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow…”

Verse 40: “And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow…”

Verse 41: “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth…”

Verse 42: “And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath…”

Verse 43: “He had a broad face and a little round belly…”

Verse 44: “That shook when helaughed, like a bowl full of jelly…”

Children giggle and hold their bellies as they shake like a bowl full of jelly.

Verse 45: “He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf…”

Children act jolly and plump like Santa, walking around with playful, bouncy steps.

Verse 46: “And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself…”

Children laugh out loud, clapping their hands in delight.

Verse 47: “A wink of his eye and a twist of his head…”

Children wink one eye and then twist their heads playfully.

Verse 48: “Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread…”

Children put their hands on their hearts, showing they feel safe and joyful.

Verse 49: “He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work…”

Children mime Santa silently filling the stockings and placing presents under the tree.

Verse 50: “And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk…”

Children continue to mime the actions, then quickly turn around with a playful jerk.

Verse 51: “And laying his finger aside of his nose…”

Children place their fingers aside their noses, mimicking Santa’s magical gesture.

Verse 52: “And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose…”

Children nod and then pretend to rise up the chimney like Santa.

Verse 53: “He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle…”

Children pretend to be Santa, jumping into the sleigh and whistling for the reindeer.

Verse 54: “And away they all flew like the down of a thistle…”

Children pretend to be the reindeer, flying away swiftly.

Verse 55: “But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight…”

Children put their hands to their ears, listening intently.

Verse 56: “‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!'”

Children joyfully exclaim the famous line, spreading their arms wide and smiling.

Conclusion: As the magical journey comes to an end, the children gather back in a circle, their faces aglow with the warmth and joy of the holiday spirit. The narrator or teacher applauds the children’s performance and encourages them to carry the magic of Christmas with them throughout the season.

Narrator: “And just like that, our journey has come to an end. But remember, the magic of Christmas is always with us, as long as we keep it in our hearts. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”


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