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or â–º Like XmasFLIX! â–º http Xmas MP3 â–º â–º Podcast â–º http "The Night Before Christmas" is a 1905 American silent short film directed by Edwin S. Porter for the Thomas A. Edison Manufacturing Company. It closely follows Clement Clarke Moore's 1823 poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas", and was the first film production of the poem. It's December 24th, and 'Santa Claus' is busy feeding his reindeer and finishing up the toys that he will soon deliver. Meanwhile, the children in a large family hang their stockings over the fireplace, and then are put to bed. But the restless children cannot sleep, and they soon start a lively pillow fight. Back at his workshop, Santa loads up everything and begins his journey. Scenes are introduced using lines of the poem. Santa Claus is shown feeding real reindeer and finishes his work in the workshop. Meanwhile, the children of a city household hang their stockings and go to bed, but unable to sleep they engage in a pillow fight. Santa Claus leaves his home on a sleigh with his reindeer. He enters the children's house through the chimney, and leaves the presents. The children come down the stairs and enjoy their presents. Directed by Edwin S. Porter Based on the poem written by Clement Clarke Moore Cinematography by Edwin S. Porter Distributed by Edison Manufacturing Company 1670 feet of film was shot, with 798 feet used. A panoramic shot of Santa Claus riding his sleigh over hills and the moon was shot using ...