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'Twas the Night Before Christmas Summary

Madison is directing a play that she co-wrote debating the authorship of the famous poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The play, called “The Trial Before Christmas,” debates the true authorship of the famous Christmas poem with Connor & Lena playing opposing representation counsels of Clemet C. Moore & Henry Livingston Jr. The play will premiere on Christmas Eve in the very town that the poem was anonymous published back in 1823.

Madison and Connor set off to research even more about the authorship and etymology of the poem’s authorship to add layers to the production and encounter the ghosts of Henry Livingston Jr. and Clement Clark Moore, who teach them about pursuing their own passions and one another.

My favorite movie of the 2022 season! This is the most inventive, interest Christmas plot I believe I have ever seen. I love the research and information on Clement Clark Moore and Henry Livingston Jr. and the etymology of the famous poem about St. Nick. The inner workings of the production of a play seemed real life, with producer’s opinions, improvisation, missing in action actors, actors struggling with how to act, and the play’s longevity. Torrey DeVitto and Zane Holtz are fantastic actors. Their chemistry is beyond explosive!

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas Summary

“I never wanted a name put to it at all. My poem is a celebration of Christmas magic. I wanted my children, all children, to experience that Christmas magic as if it might come from Saint Nicholas himself.” -Major Henry Livingston Jr.

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Madison and Connor are actors who co-starred and kissed in a movie, Christmastime Cupid.

Connor finds Madison on the Victorian streets dressed as a Victorian man with an accent and Madison is very happy to see him! They are good friends as well as fellow actors. 




Snowy city in upstate New York

The poem, ‘Twas the Night before Christmas was first published in Troy anonymously back in 1823.

The town participates in a Victorian Stroll where everyone dresses in Victorian clothing and main street transforms into an old-timey Christmas village complete with a Cocoa Carriage and lots of Christmas goodies and festivities.

Madison and Connor stay at a beautifully decorated Victorian Bed and Breakfast.



Connor and Madison eat breakfast at the Bed and Breakfast.

Hot Cocoa

Madison and Connor enjoy from the Cocoa Carriage at the Victorian Stroll


Madison, Connor and his family all cheers with eggnog after the tree is decorated!

Baking Scene

Hallmarkjenny in christmas apron with a tray of christmas cookies
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Christmas Cookies

Connor and Edna bake Christmas Cookies, Christmas trees, snowflakes, snowmen, in the Bed & Breakfast Kitchen. Edna roll the dough while Connor frosts the snowmen cookies.

Connor clearly is in love with Madison and tells her that their kiss in “Christmastime Cupid” was his favorite on-screen kiss.

"A Visit from St. Nicholas" Poem

Original title is, “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas”

56 lines of poetry better known today as ‘Twas the Night before Christmas was published anonymously in the Troy Sentinel on December 23, 1823.

In 1844, after the poem had become popular, Clement Clark Moore claimed authorship of the poem in a book of poetry. This was after Henry Livingston Jr. had passed away.

The style, subject matter, anapestic meter, is not consistent with Moore’s work, but is consistent with Henry Livingston Jr.’s writing subjects.

Christmas Festivities


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Decorating the Christmas Tree

Connor’s daughter and mom have come to stay the Bed and Breakfast for Christmas. They are putting ornaments up on the B & B’s tree. Connor invites Madison to join them in decorating the tree, along with Edna, the inn’s owner. They are putting lights on the tree, playing with a reindeer puppet that Connor bought at Troy’s top shop, putting presents under the trees, and old-timey Victorian decorations, to fit the theme of Troy’s Christmas. They all cheers with eggnog after the tree is decorated!



Madison’s friend who co-wrote the play with Madison

She has to leave to Los Angeles last minute to be on set of a Christmas movie she wrote.


Hand model that is Connor’s co-start in the play. She plays the lawyer who represents Henry Livingston Jr. She is a terrible actress. She is the producer’s girlfriend.

Madison dramatically helps Lena with her acting and she is so fantastic that Lena lands a second leading role in a movie and has to leave the play.


Star struck Bed and Breakfast owner where Madison stays in Troy.


Producer of the play.

Henry Livingston Junior

Comes back from Time to defend himself!

Farmer and family man, a hero of the revolutionary war who wrote the poems for his children

Clement Clark Moore

Comes back from Time to defend himself!

Rich Manhattan property owner who is against all Christmas celebrations.


Real World Mentions

Ending Kiss

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Madison takes over as the female lead attorney in “Trial Before Christmas” and Clement Clark Moore wins the jury’s verdict.

A Broadway Producer will sponsor the play’s annual production on Christmas Eve with other possibilities for the play’s longevity.

Outside the theatre, Madison asks Connor to “kiss her already” and they tell each other “Merry Christmas.”

Based on a Book

Play: The Trial Before Christmas

Directed by Madison Rush, Christmas Eve

Who really wrote ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas ?

Madison and her friend, Hayley, co-wrote the story of a court room debate over who actually wrote the poem.

In the city of Troy, the Victorian Stroll advertises the Christmas Eve play detailing that the Descendants of Major Henry Livingston Jr. charge Clement Clark Moore with false authorship of the poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

A Victorian man tells Madison that the original poem is titled, “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas”

Connor plays a lawyer who represents Clement Clark Moore.

Lena plays a lawyer who represents Major Henry Livingston Jr. Lena has to leave the play and Madison plays this part!

The two lawyers are former lovers who are brought together by the courtroom debate.

The Night Before Christmas Book
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The ghosts of Clement C. Moore & Henry Livingston Jr. both defend themselves as the true author and we may never find out who wrote the famous Christmas poem.

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