ColLINKtion: Twas the Night Before Christmas

Since it’s the last ColLINKtion before Christmas, I decided to embellish the “Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem with crochet patterns! What could be better than reading a holiday classic than seeing all the crochet patterns that go along with it?

Plus, all the patterns I chose are FREE! (Except for the very last one because I couldn’t resist it.)

OK, here goes…

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Francisco the Fancy Mouse by Van Vuong

Francisco the Fancy Mouse by Van Vuong

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

Polka Dot Christmas Stocking by Priscilla Hewitt

Polka Dot Christmas Stocking by Priscilla Hewitt

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums (or, uh, peppermint) danced in their heads.

Peppermint Swirl Candies by Kara Gunza

Peppermint Swirl Candies by Kara Gunza

And mamma in her ‘kerchief,

Emma's Headscarf by Hilde Bunde

Emma’s Headscarf by Hilde Bunde

and I in my cap,

Trees go Round Adult Christmas Cap by Lorene Haythorn Eppolite

Trees go Round Adult Christmas Cap by Lorene Haythorn Eppolite

Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Snowflake Afghan by Lois Olson

Snowflake Afghan by Lois Olson

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

Murray the Merry Reindeer by Dawn Toussaint

Murray the Merry Reindeer by Dawn Toussaint

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

Here Comes Santa by Sue Pendleton

Here Comes Santa by Sue Pendleton

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.

Sleigh by Mary Layfield

Sleigh by Mary Layfield

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

Snowy Lane Leg Warmers by Lion Brand Yarn

Snowy Lane Leg Warmers by Lion Brand Yarn

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

Bearded Santa Hat by Ashlee Prisbrey

Bearded Santa Hat by Ashlee Prisbrey

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.

Lacy Christmas Wreath by Kat Goldin

Lacy Christmas Wreath by Kat Goldin

He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

Crochet Elf Slippers by Caron

Crochet Elf Slippers by Caron

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Gerrit the Rabbit by Eline Wulfert

Gerrit the Rabbit by Eline Wulfert

Now, if that doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, then you need to immediately cover yourself in gift wrap, stick candy canes in your ears, and go wassailing down the street.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Do you know what wassailing is? Me neither.

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