Poems on Christmas for Kids
Christmas Poems for Kids
Children just love Christmas poems that rhyme and if you read the poems to them often enough, they will know the words by heart in no time. Wouldn't it be funny if your kid could recite a little rhyming poem at Christmas Eve?
My Dad, who was an artist, used to make little books for me and my sisters when we were young. Main thing were his illustrations accompanied by four line rhymes. The story I included in this article is about a collision between (the more European known) Saint Nicolas and (the more world wide known) Santa Claus on a very dark night in December.
Christmas is such a good time to start learning kids about poetry, because there are many books with poems that rhyme for kids available.
On Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve we gather around,
the sparkling tree, dressed up in light.
Awaiting Santa who comes from far,
with lovely gifts on reindeer's flight.
We sing the songs of Jesus' Birth,
so far away from where we live.
A star showed us the truthful path
and peace the gift we ought to give.
On Christmas Eve we gather around
with family, friends and Him above.
It shouldn't be two days each year,
that only then we show our love.
© Titia Geertman
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It Happened on a Night, a Very Dark Night...
My father was an Artist (he passed away in 1984) and he liked to write little poems for me and my two sisters when we were kids. He illustrated these little poems with adorable drawings and made them into booklets. I still have them. As they were originally written in Dutch, I translated the poems into English, but I might have twisted the English grammar a little here and there, in order to get it all in a four line stanza. So please forgive me if I did.
Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.— Walter Scott
Children love to recite poems
I think it's very important to bring poetry to our young kids, starting with short little rhymes about the things they encounter on a daily base. Some people disagree, but I think they're wrong. Today the internet is full of little children reciting poems of all kind. When they get to the age that they can read, they love to search for words that sound the same. It's a good learning process.
Don't just make poetry available,
make it unavoidable.— Bernice Cullinan
Have you ever written a poem for your kids?
Finding Poetic Treasures like a Poet Called Nicholas Gorden
Sometimes when searching the internet you stumble upon a real treasure and I stumbled upon one the other day: Nicholas Gordon, whose website you can find at https://www.poemsforfree.com.
I've asked him if I could use some of his poems for this article and I got full permission to do so.
Candles Are a Gift of Light - Nicholas Gordon
Candles are a gift of light,
A tiny sun, a bit of star.
No other dancer in the night
Dances with such sheer delight,
Little souls serene and bright,
Each a glimpse of what we are
Shining innocent and pure.
Wat Does Santa Bring for Daddies? - Nicholas Gordon
What does Santa bring for daddies,
Too old to want a toy?
Wallets, watches, ties, and sweaters
Don't make for much joy.
What do daddies want for Christmas,
Really, in their hearts?
So perfect that they'd shriek like kids
Once the shredding starts?
Oh, Daddy! Is there anything
You want beneath the tree?
Other than, of course, to watch
Me open gifts for me?
Writing Poems with Kids Can Be Fun
Writing poems with the kids can be so much fun. First you can teach them what rhyming words are and how to find them and from there go step by step to whole sentences. I've done that in the past when my kids were still kids and of course those books were Dutch books as my kids didn't speak English.
I haven't read or used this book myself for the above reasons, but I've read the customer's reviews on this book and most of them do like it a lot.
Some quotes from the reviews:
"This is a great tool for teaching children how to write poetry. Good explanations of the types of poetry and fun pages on which to write poetry. The kids keep asking, "When do we get to write more poetry?"
My family is having lots of fun learning the forms in this book. Easy to understand and any child who can read and write can do it. This book helped me interest my children in writing, and sometimes I find them doing it on their own now!
One customer recommended making a few copies of the templates, because as she said: "I wish I had reproduced the pages before we used them, as you could write different types of poems on each of the templates". There were lots more positive reactions so I'm confident enough to recommend this book to you. It would be a nice Christmas present too I think.
Angel Horses Flap Their Wings - Nicholas Gordon
Angel horses flap their wings
High above the winter night.
Far below an angel sings
Of peace and joy, of love and light.
Down, down, down the horses fly,
Down through stars, across the moon,
Down through clouds and cold, dark sky
To where the angel sings her tune.
And there the angel horses wait,
Listening to her song of love,
Far from home and Heaven's gate,
Far from sweet green fields above,
Listening to the angel's song,
So beautiful it makes them weep,
Hovering over us all night long
While we are fast asleep.
Merry Christmas To All
My muse is on vacation and hasn't come back in time.
So now I have to figure out, how to write a little rhyme.
It was too late for Christmas; I could not find the proper words.
Searching the sky for my muse, I only saw a lot of birds.
Today it is a New Year's day and I will try once more,
to tell all friends on the internet, what I haven't said before.
I love you all, no matter what, I wish the best for all of you.
Good health and lots of happiness, to mention just a simple few.
Funny isn't it that we have so many friends we've never seen,
other than that tiny picture, appearing on our computer screen.
Yet we know that we are bonded, somehow in spirit at the least,
scattered around our global earth, in North and West, South and East.
So here's my wish for all the people, whom I have closed into my heart:
Make the New Year work for you, be happy, be safe, be smart.
© 2011 Titia Geertman