Vancouver, Canada, publisher Grafton and Scratch has released an edited version of Clement Clarke Moore's 1822 poem, "The Visit From St. Nicholas," better known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." As you may recall, between a description of a "droll little mouth" and a belly "that shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly," Moore had described the night visitor with a "stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth/And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath."
No more, thanks to Pamela McColl, an author and former smoker who spent $200,000 to delete that verse in her self-published version. The inspiration came after thumbing through a library book of Santa's escapades published in the 1960s—her childhood years—and realized good ole St. Nick was puffing throughout half the book. "A lot of people my age have lost someone to smoking," McColl told the L.A. Times. "And I thought,Read More »from Santa Claus calling it quits—in smoking?