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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
Poll about poetry for kids
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
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've searched the internet and found this lovely book Writing Poetry with Children., written in English which might help you if you want to teach kids more about Poetry.
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
You may even rhyme, if you have the time
Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on December 05, 2014:
Fantastic! I loved your father's Christmas story in rhyme
flycatcherrr on December 29, 2013:
I was just showing this page to my little niece and nephew (5 and 3 years old) and they were quite enchanted with your father's wonderful Santa drawings. Now they want to make up a poem for themselves and make their own little book. I'm getting out the crayons right now! :)
BlogsWriter on December 30, 2012:
I enjoyed the poetry, it is fun and cool.
anonymous on December 30, 2012:
Poetry for Kids is cool
They should teach more of it at school
However rhyming was never my strongest feature
All it remains to say is...
Happy New Year :)
Mamabyrd from West Texas on December 20, 2012:
I love reading to my children but I hadn't thought of writing them a poem.What a great idea! Thank you
Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on December 18, 2012:
The Christmas Season is here
And your lens has brought me some cheer
Santa said you've been good this time
How about that for a rhyme!
Best Wishes for the New Year!!!
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on December 14, 2012:
I hope that you are having a very merry Christmas holiday season. Ho Ho Ho.
John Dyhouse from UK on December 12, 2012:
A lovely lens and deserves a little angel dust
Vikki from US on December 11, 2012:
Your Dad's work is so cool -so awesome that you have those with you and your lens really is just beautiful. Gave me some lovely memories of my daughter and I when she was young. Thank you ;)
anonymous on December 09, 2012:
Many thanks for your writing
Titia Geertman (author) from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on December 09, 2012:
@AstroGremlin: LOL yes, you're right, nothing rhymes with orange.
ThePerfectPresent on December 08, 2012:
I can see you got your talent from your father. Great work!
AstroGremlin on December 07, 2012:
Read this lens and take a look,
Then buy your child a poetry book,
They say that nothing rhymes with orange,
And they're right!
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on October 14, 2012:
Your father's artwork and poems are very touching. Thanks for sharing!
Ann from Yorkshire, England on October 04, 2012:
what a treasure to have! these Christmas poems made me smile and cry just a little bit too for the loss of your father. I'll bet each time you see them you can feel him near you.
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on January 03, 2012:
Fun page, great tradition.
yayas on December 26, 2011:
So much talent in one family. I really enjoyed the poems an' the art. Very nice.
Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my Balloon Christmas page. It's nice to learn the different traditions.
Stephen Carr from Corona, CA on December 19, 2011:
Enjoyed the drawings and poems! Very nice lens.
Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on December 19, 2011:
This is a beautiful and lovely lens! I enjoyed the poems!
lasertek lm on December 19, 2011:
I enjoyed the poems you have shared.
anonymous on December 19, 2011:
Beautifully done. Thank you for sharing.
anonymous on December 19, 2011:
poetry opens the mind and brain, I think its a very good thing for kids to do like reading too. enjoyed my time on your lens this morning, thank you.
orandze lm on December 14, 2011:
I enjoyed this lens so much! Thank you!
Paul from Liverpool, England on December 14, 2011:
Highly enjoyable: Angel Blessed
deyanis from Oz on December 13, 2011:
Thank you so much for sharing your father's arts, they're beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the arts and the poetry. Hope you and your family will have amazing Christmas.
emmaklarkins on December 11, 2011:
Lovely! Thanks for sharing the Christmas spirit :)
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on December 11, 2011:
This is an absolutely heartwarming Christmas poetry article. My dad also wrote poems but his became songs that he played on his guitar for us and the other neighborhood kids. Best of wishes for a wonderful Christmas for you and yours.
Mona from Iowa on December 11, 2011:
What a true delight. Thanks for sharing your father's talent for both words and art. Love it and Blessed. :)