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The Christmas Shelf- Twas the Night Before Christmas
Twas the Night Before Christmas is a children's picture book adaptation of the classic Christmas poem, with one important distinction - the poem has been edited to remove any references to Santa smoking tobacco. In today's advertising-saturated nation, it's more important than ever to realize how bombarded children are with images of cigarettes, pipes, and smoking; Twas the Night Before Christmas allows parents to share a timeless classic without adding to the inundation. The vibrantly colorful, friendly illustrations bring to life this wonderful read-aloud holiday storybook.
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Thank you to everyone who helped with the release of this new edition of the most famous poem in the English language.
If you are interested in how Santa quit smoking please visit page tab "How Santa Quit" and also check out the fun song celebrating his success after 189 years !!!!!
Since the poem was first published in 1823 it has gone through many changes, the title, names of the reindeer and particular words, grammar and punctuation have been varied over the years. The last line in the poem in 1823 was a salutation of "Happy Christmas" and yet some publishers have selected to change the words to "Merry Christmas". The reindeer names included a Dunder and Blixem from Dutch influences in the 1823 publication and where changed to Donder and Blitzen by Moore in 1844. In 1949 the song "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" renamed them Donner and Blitzen and was influential in adaptations to "Twas from 1950 onward. The poem was originally published anonymously in the New York Troy Sentinal Newspaper and the publisher of the paper is credited with naming the poem. Twenty years later, when Clement C.Moore laid claim to the poem, he expressed his preference for it to be known as Twas The Night Before Christmas. Publishers today use The Night Before Christmas or Twas The Night Before Christmas but rarely is an edition released as "A Visit From St. Nicholas." The poem was first published without illustrations and it was not for many years later that artists added their interpretation of the imagery created by the verse. Through the years illustrators and publishers have been influenced by the cultural perception of the appearance of Santa. The text of the poem describes Santa as elf like in stature and accompanied by tiny reindeer. With the help of Coke and other influences Santa has become has more lifelike over time. His role in the holidays has also evolved and he remains one of the most universally recognized icons and most influential of characters for young children. The poem is now considered by many to be the most famous poem in the English language and it continues to be widely as a tradition on Christmas Eve and during the holidays. It has survived these 189 years it could be argued because it has endured some alterations to suit its devoted readers but also due to its inherent and enduring charm rooted in the essence of a kind and generous Santa Claus.
Santa Claus in Santa Claus Indiana: " I applaud you for making the edit to a classic poem by C. C. Moore. As a Santa that has worked in many venues around the U.S. over the last 14 years, I have come to realize the way that children look at Santa and the need for him to be a good example for all children. When I started reading the great poem to children many times throughout the year, I have purposefully edited the line about the pipe out of my reading. On occasion I have received strange looks when I have skipped that page or portion in the book. Thank you,impressed with the way you added as edited by Santa for the children of the 21st. century.
Dear Santa, Do you want to know what I really,
really,really want for Christmas? I want an
iPhone and a puppy. I also want my Mom and
Step Dad to stop smoking.
Pretty Please, Katlynn M., Age 11
The UK Dept. of Health released a study conducted on 1,000 children aged 7-13 who had a parent that was smoking in November 2011. More than half (54%) of the children said their one wish
for Christmas was that their mum or dad would give up smoking. They would go to considerable
lengths to get them to give up smoking,going to bed when asked, doing their homework and going
without Christmas presents if it would make a difference. 73% of children with a parent smoking
about their parent being killed by tobacco and almost 1/3 admitted to hiding cigarettes in an attempt to
get them to stop 98% of the children wished their parents would stop. The children labelled smoking
"stupid" and expressed that they wished no one in the world smoked. 50% of people who smoke do
eventually die from a tobacco related death. The implications of a smoking Santa are blatantly
Joe Camel and all other cartoon characters depicting smoking where prohibited in 1998 based on research released in the Journal of American Medicine that established that the exposure to such depictions had a role in sympathizing kids 3-7 of age towards tobacco products. This research galvanized the public around the need to do more to protect children from the tobacco industry, an industry that spends more than one million marketing dollars an hour in the USA.
25% of individuals who become long time tobacco users started before the age of 10 - 90% before the age of 18. Nicotine addiction is labelled a pediatric disease.
Grafton Audio copyright 2012
PREVENTION IS CHEAPER THAN TREATMENT
"Prevention is probably the most cost-effective way to reduce health care costs and improve the health of millions of people. " Author - Margaret Cuomo M.D.
"Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable and premature death."
Kathleen Sebelius - Secretary of Health
"In all 88% of adult cigarette smokes who smoke daily, report that they started smoking by the age of 18. This is a time in life of great vulnerability to social influences, ... including everything from sleek ads in magazines to youth generated posts on social networking sites, to images of smoking in movies - conveys messages that make tobacco use attractive to youth and young adults. "
Regina Benjamin US Surgeon General
37 Attorney Generals in the USA have supported the call for restrictions on films with smoking that children are exposed to. ( 2012)
"The tobacco industry spends almost $10 billion a year to market its products, half of all movies for children under 13 contain scenes of tobacco use. "
Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health. 2012
" Pipe tobacco consumption increased by 573% from 2008 to 2011."
CDC and Statement Matthew L. Myers President
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.
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