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“Come they told me / Pa rum pum pum pum”*…

A special Holiday Hiatus-interrupting edition of (Roughly) Daily to share this excerpt from the Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special in 1988…

Happy Holidays!

TotH to @BoingBoing.

* “The Little Drummer Boy


As we hum along, we might recall that it was on this date in 1823 that “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (aka “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”) was published for this first time in the Troy, New York Sentinel on this day in 1823. It was originally published anonymously though the author was Clement Clarke Moore who was a professor and didn’t want his reputation to be ruined for writing such an un-scholarly verse. At the urging of his children he acknowledged his work in 1837, then, in 1844, included the poem in a collection of his works.

‘Santa’s Portrait’ byThomas Nast, published in Harper’s Weekly, 1881 (source)