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The Animals Christmas Eve
I am putting this under Childhood Memories, not because it is one of mine as a child, but because it is one I have of my girls growing up. I love this poem, it is in the form of a Little Golden Book. Hope y'all enjoy it as much as I and my family have:
In the barn on Christmas Eve,
After all the people leave,
The animals, in voices low
Remember Christmas long ago
One small hen, upon her nest,
Softly clucks to all the rest:
"Little chicks, come, gather near.
A wondrous story you will hear."
Two white doves, on rafters high,
Coo a quiet lullaby:
"Long ago in manger hay,
The little baby Jesus lay.
Three wise men from far away
Came to visit him one day,
For he was born," the doves recall,
"To be the greatest king of all!"
Four brown horses in their stalls,
Snug within the stable walls,
Tell of his birth: "'Twas long foretold
By chosen men in days of old."
Five gray donkeys speak with pride,
Remembering one who gave a ride:
"Our brother donkey went with them
From Nazareth to Bethlehem."
Six spotted calves now nibble hay
Like that on which the baby lay.
"They put him in a manger bed
So he could rest his sleepy head."
Seven goats, all black and white,
Describe the sky that holy night:
"A star appeared at early morn
To mark the place where he was born."
Eight nestling kitten lick their fur.
They nod their heads and softly purr.
"And he was wrapped in swaddling clothes
To keep him warm from head to toes."
Nine wooly sheep down from the hill,
On Christmas Eve remember still:
"Shepherds heard the angels sing
Praises to the newborn king."
Ten soft lambs say Jesus' name.
"He was the Lamb of God who came.
He was the greatest gift of love
Sent from his Father, God, above."
Eleven puppies listen well,
In hopes that they, in turn, can tell
The Christmas story another year
For all the animals to hear
Twelve chimes ring out from far away-
The lovely bells of Christmas Day.
And every beast bows low its head
For one small babe in a manger bed.
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Great story for kids, Sharon. Thanks.
I agree, wonderful poem for kids. I would have loved this in my youth. Thanks for posting it Sharon, I shall try to remember to keep it for my future children :)
Great Cajunbelle maybe I can read it to my grandbabies.
Now that's definately a great way for children to remember the story of Jesus' birth.
Sharon I read this to Sammie and Caleb and they loved it!
I'm glad they liked it Bailey. The book is out of print and sells for $10-$12 on e-bay. I think I paid 79 cents for it.
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