Die Nacht vor der Grischtdaag

Translated by Thomas C. Zimmerman and Solomon DeLong, edited by Walter Sauer

The beloved Christmas poem, “The Night before Christmas,” was translated twice into Pennsylvania German, first in 1896 by Thomas C. Zimmerman (1838-1914), and then in 1920 by Solomon Delong (aka Obediah Grouthomel, 1849-1925). Both versions are presented here, accompanied by the English original and the classic pictures by Thomas Nast (1840-1902), taken from a 1869 McLoughlin Bros., New York, edition. Hardcover. 16 pages.

Thomas C. Zimmerman was the editor of the Reading Times (ca. 1897) and one of the founders of the Pennsylvania German Society, and of the Historical Society of Berks County. He was also a regular at Kuechler's Roost atop Mount Penn, which burned down on July 4, 1919. More information on Thomas Zimmerman may be found on his Wikipedia entry.

Solomon DeLong wrote a regular column in Pennsylvania Dutch for the Allentown Morning Call in the early 20th Century.