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    Posted on Dec 11, 2012

    Updated "Twas The Night Before Christmas" Removes Smoking Santa

    The new version features a new, smokeless, cover and removes all mentions of Santa's pipe.

    The old version with smoking.

    Applesauce Press / AP

    The new version omits the lines:

    "The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth.
    And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath."

    Applesauce Press / AP

    And includes a message on a new cover that reads:

    Edit by Santa Claus for the benefit of children of the 21st century.

    The new cover:

    Applesauce Press / AP

    Publisher Pamela McColl said of reactions to the book's change:

    "There is a huge debate raging. I have been called every name in the book. One person said the only wreath they want to see this Christmas is one on my grave. Shame, shame, shame on you is the most common."

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