Professor Stephen Yachanin pens “Christmas Eve Sights”


“Listen dear children and I shall recall the most wonderful Christmas of ever of all…” 

So begins the poem “Christmas Eve Sights,” written by Lake Erie College Professor Stephen Yachanin as a companion to the classic “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore. Recently published in hardback, Yachanin’s piece tells the story of a second visit from St. Nick the following year.

“I wrote ‘Christmas Eve Sights’ in the same meter and style as Moore’s poem so that it might be more easily included as part of a family tradition of reading Moore’s poem,” said Yachanin. “All the illustrations are original as well, created by Judith Hempel and Phyllis Howell, two very nice and interesting ladies from the area.”

Yachanin’s poem takes readers on a journey of merriment as they meet St. Nick again and watch him deliver Christmas joy to boys and girls of all ages.

A professor of psychology at LEC, Yachanin is a Cleveland native and cherishes his memories of celebrating the Christmas season with his family. He hopes this poem will find a special place in your holiday traditions.

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