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A Single Star

We had another busy day today.  Church this morning, and then our Home Education Group party with Nativity Play from scratch!  Straight after that, we went to Granny’s church for a carol service, and then back to her house for supper.  By the time we were home it was after 9pm, and the children needed to go straight to bed.  I decided that a shared story time might wake them up too much, so I read some Christmas poems to them when they were in bed, first to the little ones and then to the big boys.  The poems were from A Single Star, a collection of poems that I have had since I was a child.

a single star

This is a varied collection of songs, carols and poems, some well known and some less so.  A lot of the poems are more suitable for older children, but there are some that are simple enough for the little ones to understand too.  I particularly enjoyed reading one of my childhood favourites to all of the children – “How Far to Bethlehem?” by Frances Chesterton.

How far is it to Bethlehem?

Not very far.

Shall we find the stable-room

Lit by a star?

Can we see the little child,

Is He within?

If we lift the wooden latch

May we go in?

May we stroke the creatures there,

Ox, ass and sheep?

May we peep like them and see

Jesus asleep?

If we touch His Tiny hand

Will He awake?

Will He know we’ve come so far

Just for his sake?

Great kings have precious gifts,

And we have naught;

Little smiles and little tears

Are all we brought.

For all weary children

Mary must weep.

Here on His bed of straw

Sleep, children, sleep.

God in His mother’s arms,

Babes in the byre

Sleep as they sleep who find

Their heart’s desire.

Christmas Poems

Advent is here and we will be counting down the days by reading a Christmas book each day.  Today we started with this selection of Christmas Poems.

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Christmas Poems, selected by Gaby Morgan, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Macmillan, £10.99

The book contains a varied selection of Christmas carols, and classic and new poems, chosen by Gaby Morgan (who also selected the War Poems we have recently reviewed.)  It is illustrated in full colour by Axel Scheffler.

We have read and enjoyed several of the poems over the last few weeks, and I am sure we will keep coming back to this book throughout Advent.  This was one that all the children liked:

In a Forest Clearing

Pine tree in the forest

Standing tall.

Water dripping from needles

Like crystal baubles –

Exploding on forest floor

Like fairy lights.


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After we read the poem, I asked the children to draw a picture, copy out the poem or write one of their own.  Rabbit drew a Christmas tree, then some reindeer which she cut out, and she also made a paper plate snowman.  Owl wrote out the poem and illustrated it.  Monkey wrote some Christmas words and illustrated them, then he decided to write a poem of his own:

Christmas Eve

Waiting for Christmas

To celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Stockings hanging, Santa coming

Decorations on the tree.

Asleep on my bed

Waiting for dawn

In my dreams.

We received a copy of this book to review.