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Archer, Robert (fl. 1840) "The night after Christmas"

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.117 Author/Creator: Archer, Robert (fl. 1840) Place Written: Richmond, VA Type: Documents Date: 26 December 1866 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Printed copy of Archer's parody of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" poem. In Archer's "The Night After Christmas," children all over the town had eaten sweets to such an extent that it made them all sick. Instead of hearing the clattering of hooves on the roof, the family is awoken by the moans and groans of the children: "O' Me! I'm so sick: I shall die of this pain; I'll never touch Santa Claus' candy again!"

People: Archer, Robert
Jeffery, Roberta Archer

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Literature and Language Arts, Poetry, Holidays and Celebrations, Humor and Satire, Health and Medical, Children and Family

Sub Era: Reconstruction