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Listen & Fill in the Gaps: The Night Before Christmas!

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1 - Listen to the poem below without writing anything down. This will give you an idea of the content and you will become familiar with the reader’s voice and pronunciation. 

2 - Listen to the poem again and fill in the blanks as you listen.

3 - Listen again before checking your answers!



  • 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the
  • Not a creature was stirring, not even a ;
  • The stockings all by the chimney with care,
  • In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be ;
  • The children were nestled all in their beds;
  • While visions of sugar-plums danced in their ;
  • And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my ,
  • Had just settled down for a long winter's ,
  • When out on the there arose such a clatter,
  • I sprang from my bed to see what was the .
  • Away to the I flew like a flash,
  • Tore open the and threw up the sash.
  • The on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
  • Gave the lustre of midday to objects ,
  • When what to my wondering did appear,
  • But a miniature sleigh and tiny rein-deer,
  • With a little old so lively and quick,
  • I knew in a he must be St. Nick.
  • More rapid than his coursers they came,
  • As he whistled, and , and called them by name:
  • "Now, Dasher! now, ! now Prancer and Vixen!
  • On, Comet! on, ! on, Donner and Blitzen!
  • To the top of the porch! to the top of the !
  • Now dash away! dash away! dash away !"
  • As dry before the wild hurricane fly,
  • When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the ;
  • So up to the the coursers they flew
  • With the sleigh full of , and St. Nicholas too—
  • And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the
  • The prancing and pawing of each little .
  • As I drew in my , and was turning around,
  • Down the chimney St. Nicholas with a bound.
  • He was dressed all in fur, from his to his foot,
  • And his clothes were all tarnished with and soot;
  • A of toys he had flung on his back,
  • And he looked like a peddler just opening his .
  • His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how !