Key & Compass presents:
An Abbreviated Night Before Christmas
by Adam Thornton

An Abbreviated Night Before Christmas is a Z-machine work of interactive fiction written with Inform 7 and is © 2006 by Adam Thornton.

In this very short story based on Clement Clarke Moore's poem A Visit from St. Nicholas also known as The Night Before Christmas, you play as the papa who witnesses St. Nicholas's visit to his house on Christmas Eve.

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the story.




In this story, you are a passive observer of events. Opening the shutters is one of the few active actions you can accomplish in this story. Events will progress regardless of what you do.

In this walkthrough, we will attempt to use the poem as our guide in deciding what to do next. Unfortunately, several of these actions aren't really suggested by the text in this adaptation itself.

> x mouse. x stockings. x children. x visions. x mamma. x cap.

After 6 turns, you hear a clatter outside.

> open shutters. x lawn. x reindeer. (They fly up to the roof.)

> x chimney. wait.

After 11 turns, St. Nicholas arrives via the chimney. During his visit, you are too awestruck to do anything except look at things.

> x santa. x sack. x eyes. x dimples. x cheeks. (He leaves.)

> x toys.

After 17 turns, you hear them leave the roof. From the sky, St. Nicholas shouts his blessing.

*** You have been visited by St. Nicholas ***



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