My First Oxford Book of Christmas Poems

John Foster

Imagine a sparkling quilt of snow or a frosted window pane. Imagine listening for carol singers or the sound of Santa's sleigh. Imagine following a star to find a baby in a stable.
Here is a festive collection of poetry for children, with poems from Charles Causley, Eleanor Farjeon, Clement C. Moore, Berlie Doherty, A.A. Milne, and many more. Beautifully illustrated by Mark Marshall, Joanne Partis and Melanie Williamson, these are poems to enjoy again and again: from opening the first window on an advent calendar to putting away the Christmas decorations on twelfth night. My First Oxford Book of Christmas Poems is a must for every bookshelf, whether at home or at school.
An excerpt from My First Oxford Book of Christmas Poems
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
by Clement Clarke Moore
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
To be continued.

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