A Christmas embarrassment

Ever heard of Clement Clarke Moore? Probably not, but you might recognize his most famous poem:

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house / Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse / The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,” … etc.

Moore didn’t want anybody to know he wrote A Visit from St. Nicholas, so he published it anonymously in 1823. After all, he was a serious scholar and professor of literature that couldn’t be seen dabbling in nursery rhymes.

It took another 20 years for Moore to claim authorship, and by then the poem had gained enormous popularity. It’s been called, “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American,” and continues to influence how we think about Santa Claus.

Two lessons here:

1) If it’s embarrassing, it might be a good thing to try.

2) It doesn’t matter if anybody remembers you. It matters if you made a contribution.

Merry Christmas.

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