"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house/ not a creature was stirring, not even a..."
We don't have to write that last word because we know you can fill it in. Everyone can. "A Visit From Saint Nicholas," aka "The Night Before Christmas" is one of the greatest American poems of all time. First published anonymously in 1823, it is widely credited for cementing our vision of old Saint Nick, and indeed, what Christmas and gift-giving looks like.
Arguably everybody who has ever watched television can recite the first few lines from heart. It's as Christmas as pine trees, tinsel, and the Grinch, and is one of our most time-honored cultural memories. Now, a group of the most unlikely Christmas celebrants are getting in on the action.
On December 24, Michigan University tweeted out a single sentence.
It read, “Twas the night before Christmas…”
Not long after, the Indiana Hoosiers had their own reply.
“..when all through the Hall”
Did it stop there? Of course not!
Instead, the Montana State Bobcats rapidly tweeted – “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…”
Although, we have to say it looks like there were a lot of creatures stirring in that picture. Also, that mouse looks like a bobcat – just sayin.
Nevertheless, the epic Christmas recitation continued, with the Maryland Terrapins adding, “The stockings were hung by the lockers with care.”