Is Your College One of the 45 Schools That Teamed up to Create This Epic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ Mash Up?

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“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.”  

We have to give it to those terrapins, the picture exactly matched. Even better, it gave off shades of Hogwarts, which – definitely a plus. The Austin Peay Govs quickly dropped by with a – “In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there” – another perfectly matched picture.


Look at that crowd, silent in the distance, waiting for a chance to see Saint Nick… Then came Gamecock Athletics from the University of South Carolina with “The children were nestled all snug in their beds.”

Not to cast aspersions, but those children don’t look snug at all. In fact, they look like they’re in the middle of a busy football game. And it isn’t children so much as it is child. But he is very cute. Darnit, we’ll just give it to South Carolina for having a cute kid in the picture.

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame continued the poem with a move straight out of left field. They embedded a video. Of dancing.  

It accompanied the words, “While visions of Irishmen danced in their heads.” Good job, Notre Dame (although we thought it was sugar plums, not Irishmen…) Moving on, it was West Virginia University’s turn, and they did not disappoint. To the stanza, “And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,” they added the picture of man complete with an old-fashioned raccoon cap, tail and all.  

We didn’t even miss “mamma in her ‘kerchief,” that cap was so cool. When the Air Force Falcons came in with their stanza, things began to get a little dicey. Others may have fudged the pictures and the words, but at least Irishmen were around in the early 1800s. Rinks, not so much. The first ice skating rinks were attempted in 1841, but weren’t perfected till 1876, when refrigeration technology was perfected. “Had just settled our rink, for a short winter’s nap,” the Falcons recited, but the actual line is, “Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.”  

Still, that is a very nice picture of the rink… The Arkansas Razorbacks replied with the stanza, “When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter”…. although, we’re pretty sure that’s a basketball court, not a lawn – kudos for adding the man on ladder making a clatter. If it fits, it fits.

Now, it was Virginia Commonwealth University’s turn, and they replied, “Rodney sprang from his bed to see what was the matter.” First of all, who is Rodney?

The Auburn Tigers returned to the actual poem lines with “Away to the window I flew like a flash,” but we don’t see any actual windows in the footage they attached. Just sayin.


Miami Football took things to another level when they added, “Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash,” with actual photoshop of an actual window complete with sash and snow falling outside!


The other teams continued the poem, each giving their line their best spin.

The moon on the breast of the n̶e̶w̶ ̶f̶a̶l̶l̶e̶n̶ ̶s̶n̶o̶w̶ freshly cut grass pic.twitter.com/9DCr8G2fJK

— Orlando’s Hometown Team (@UCFKnights) December 24, 2017
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Gave a lustre of midday to objects below, pic.twitter.com/4BoWBnqftw

— SCAC (@SCAC_Sports) December 24, 2017
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When what to my wondering eyes did appear, pic.twitter.com/v2PoV8UMBA

— James Madison Athletics (@JMUSports) December 25, 2017
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But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. With a little old driver so lively and quick #GoRU ⚔️? pic.twitter.com/rgYQfjle8N

— Rutgers Athletics (@RUAthletics) December 25, 2017
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I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

Or @CoachPeteUW. pic.twitter.com/G2EGcfXRg3 — Washington Athletics (@UWAthletics) December 25, 2017
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More rapid than Eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name: pic.twitter.com/2CrRKGOAjC

— Winthrop Athletics (@WUEagles) December 25, 2017
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Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!#GoStags?? pic.twitter.com/NeVBYXmGzm

— Fairfield Athletics (@FairfieldStags) December 25, 2017
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On, COMET! on CUPID! on, SUPER? and BLITZEN! pic.twitter.com/ELo794D4qD

— Horned Frogs (@TCU_Athletics) December 25, 2017
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To the top of the stadium! To the top of the wall! pic.twitter.com/rVJXGwWyL8

— Baylor Athletics (@BaylorAthletics) December 25, 2017
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Now dash away! dash away! dash away all! ?#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/JdEhvCQWrb

— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) December 25, 2017
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As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky; pic.twitter.com/z2aW4LaJrA

— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) December 25, 2017
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So up to the belltop the coursers they flew pic.twitter.com/BF6NihZ2F0

— TulsaHurricane (@TulsaHurricane) December 25, 2017
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With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too— And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof… pic.twitter.com/RPsEqXR62k

— ISU Redbirds (@ISURedbirds) December 25, 2017
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…the prancing and pawing of each little hoof. pic.twitter.com/cWVUNp0WJy

— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) December 25, 2017
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As I drew in my head, and was turning around, pic.twitter.com/pb62o5Rrrn

— Campbell Athletics (@GoCamels) December 25, 2017
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… Down the chimney St. Nicholas ?came with a bound. pic.twitter.com/bpdaeRd9WD

— Murray State Sports (@MSURacers) December 25, 2017
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He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,#Bearcats pic.twitter.com/kL47C2l54z

— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) December 25, 2017
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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 pic.twitter.com/XjVnmQqm0u

— HokieSports (@hokiesports) December 25, 2017
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His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry! pic.twitter.com/hHzjUxu46R

— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) December 25, 2017
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His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! pic.twitter.com/4cuWh1cwKM

— UTRGV Athletics (@GoUTRGV) December 25, 2017
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His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow

And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow! pic.twitter.com/4dstfzPWnm — Wofford Athletics (@WoffordTerriers) December 25, 2017
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The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath! pic.twitter.com/Y8YOjbohIo

— Go Beavs (@BeaverAthletics) December 25, 2017
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He had a broad face, and a little round belly. ?? pic.twitter.com/zyFNdbs1iz

— #EverLoyalBe (@LATechSports) December 25, 2017
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That shook when Truman laughed, like a bowl full of jelly. ?? pic.twitter.com/VCLnAGazO2

— Mizzou Athletics (@MizzouAthletics) December 25, 2017
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He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, pic.twitter.com/vyUDznYONl

— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) December 25, 2017
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And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself; pic.twitter.com/nbky23AEw4

— Xavier Musketeers (@XUAthletics) December 25, 2017
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A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread; pic.twitter.com/TydNGrWm5X

— Troy Athletics (@TroyAthletics) December 25, 2017
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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; pic.twitter.com/t7OvsO8igY

— UTSA Athletics (@UTSAAthletics) December 25, 2017
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He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle. pic.twitter.com/qWqLGHlWFO

— Houston Athletics (@UHCougars) December 25, 2017
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And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. pic.twitter.com/pGsdZIH8cS

— Purdue Athletics (@PurdueSports) December 25, 2017
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But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight pic.twitter.com/ERHKDnkRE1

— Utah State Athletics (@USUAthletics) December 25, 2017
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Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night! ??? pic.twitter.com/oMfFo8adT1

— #BlueHens (@UDBlueHens) December 25, 2017
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