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Christmas Readings
Random reads for all ages at Christmas, to enjoy, entertain, inspire, provoke thought, laughter, joy and sorrow.
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'Twas the Night Before Christmas - by Clement Clarke Moore

Twas the Night Before Christmas - by Clement Clarke Moore
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What would Christmas be without reading this poem to the children?

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Charlie Brown Christmas

Linus explains what Christmas is all about. Luke2: 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field , keeping watch over their flock by ni...
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It’s the season … - dougmuses

It’s the season … - dougmuses | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it
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Who, I wonder, is the  silent visitor, spirit of the past, present or the future?

 

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The Computer’s First Christmas Card

jollymerry hollyberry ............

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Written at the beginning of the  computer age this poem supposedly reflects the random nature of  computer output. I's fun. 

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#APoemAtChristmas | Poetry in Surrey Libraries

Posts about #APoemAtChristmas written by surreylibs
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Added 17/12/14 The list of well know older Christmas poems on the Surrey Libraries website. Links to them can also be found at #APoemAtChristmas

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Bible Gateway passage: Luke 2 - King James Version

Bible Gateway passage: Luke 2 - King James Version | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
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It's good to look at the biblical version of  the Nativity.

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Exclusive Christmas poem from Carol Ann Duffy

Exclusive Christmas poem from Carol Ann Duffy | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it
Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has filmed a special reading of her new Christmas book for children
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Added 24/12/13 There's usually an offering from Carol Anne Duffy at Christmas. Looking thorugh this Scoop-It they are not always  about the joys of Christmas.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

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A well used and often changed Christmas song. When are the  12 days of Christmas. How were they celebrated in the past, especially the middle ages.

 

It's worth  searching for alternative modern or comedic versions to compare.

 

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Fred's Place: Thomas Hardy: Two Christmas poems

Fred's Place: Thomas Hardy: Two Christmas poems | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it
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Not a traditional sparkle, presents, santa down the chimney  or baby in the manger christmas . but a more serious one about life and christmas and the meaning of both

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The Christmas Life by Wendy Cope

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The Christmas Life by Wendy Cope on the Poetry Archive

 

Listen or read.

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Listen to Wendy read her poem inspired by a conversation with  a young girl. It's always good to hear a poet read their own poetry. It helps to understand the meaning.

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Christmas at Sea by Robert Louis Stevenson

Christmas at Sea by Robert Louis Stevenson | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it
The Guardian
Poem of the week: Christmas at Sea by Robert Louis Stevenson
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This day of our adversity was blessèd Christmas morn, / And the house above the coastguard's was the house where I was born.
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Poetry Out Loud Benjamin Zephania's Talking Turkey

Poetry Out Loud  Benjamin Zephania's Talking Turkey | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it
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BBC Online's Arts poetry section, an interactive site with poems to make, watch and hear

Benjamin Zephania's Talking Turkey 

 

Follow the BBC link above for the text version and watch him perform his poem on Youtube below

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4AgPSjzXkw

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little tree, by e.e. cummings

Complete text of the poem by e.e. cummings.
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A poem much loved by the many young children in my many classes down the years. They were never bothered by the missing bits!  Are you?

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Ogden Nash: The Boy who Laughed at Santa Claus

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The link above is to the  written poem. Here the  poem is read by David Wright, a librarian, illustrating the interesting rhymes. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121690419 

For the primary teachers a Scholastic lesson plan http://education.scholastic.co.uk/content/4340

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17th December - "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Christina Rossetti

17th December - "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Christina Rossetti | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it
17th December "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Christina Rossetti (written 1872, published posthumously in 1904) In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a sto...
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Added 17/12/14

I like to hear this sung. I find it such a strong picture of an English midwinter in times gone by. 

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Christmas poems for children - literacy, poetry tutorial

Christmas poems for children - literacy, poetry tutorial | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it
Christmas poems for children - At This Time Of Year by Dom Conlon
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Added 17/12/14This is the first of  five poems for winter.  The  blogger  likes to pose questions about the poem trying to  get people to focus on the things he thinks  interesting. Perhaps the  only question about any poem is "Well?"

 

Just follow the link on the left to move to the next page and another poem

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Poem: "Christmas Trees" by Robert Frost

Poem: "Christmas Trees" by Robert Frost | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it
CHRISTMAS TREES The city had withdrawn into itself And left at last the country to the country; When between whirls of snow not come to lie And whirls of foliage not yet laid, there drove A strange...
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Added 24/12/13  

A Christmas circular letter in the form of a poem about someone trying to buy his precious trees to sell as Christmas trees. Perhaps it's a little about the temptations money..what is the value of such trees. read it and see what you  think.  

There is also  a link  to another Christmas tree poem on the page. follow the arrow at the  top of the  poem to  'A Young Wretch'. 

Sent out by the poet  Robert Frost to his friends, 1929

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Poetry Pairing | 'Christmas Tree Lots'

Poetry Pairing | 'Christmas Tree Lots' | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it
The poem “Christmas Tree Lots” by Chris Green and the article “If a Tree Falls in the Den …” by Bob Tedeschi appear in this Poetry Pairing.
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Child's Christmas in Wales

A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.

There is a recordingof Dylan thomas reading the story here.

 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xfpf66_dylan-thomas-a-child-s-christmas-in-wales_creation#.UNTGRI63QX4

However the recording is peppered with advertising  breaks spoiling the  reading. 

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Christmas Poems by UA Fanthorpe - Telegraph

Christmas Poems by UA Fanthorpe - Telegraph | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it
Since 1974, the poet UA Fanthorpe has been writing poems in her Christmas cards to friends – poems now collected in a single volume. Here are three of them…
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A bit of a mixture... I've always been drawn to  BC-AD.

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A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it

For those who  have yet to read it, a scan of one of the eariest versions

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From Project Gutenberg, a scan of one of the earliest versions of A Christmas Carol. It can be read online or downloaded to your Kindle ( and other devices). 

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Journey of the Magi by T. S. Eliot - Poetry Archive

Journey of the Magi by T. S. Eliot - Poetry Archive | Christmas Readings | Scoop.it
Journey of the Magi by T. S. Eliot on the Poetry Archive
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This recording of T.S. Elliot reading his poem Journey of the Magi dates from the  Second World War.

This is one of those examples where I'm a little disappointed by the poets reading of his own work.

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