Poems for Christmas by Marie Irish
Marie Irish specialized in poems, songs, and plays for children to perform at Christmas time. Here are a few examples of her delightful work.
Bright Christmas stars shine on high,
Golden stars in the wint’ry sky;
Christmas candles in windows brought
Send a greeting into the night;
While in our hearts the Christmas flame,
Glows with a love like His who came,
The infant Christ of lowly birth,
To bring good will and peace to earth.
I like Christmas day,
With its wreaths of holly,
I like Santa Claus
With his smile so jolly;
I like the Christmas tree,
Shining straight and tall,
And my pretty presents,
I surely like them all.
I like the smiles and cheer,
And how I like to hear
The happy people say
“Merry Christmas” in such a pleasant way.
Mother Nature robes herself
In her snowy gown of white,
Father Winter scatters frost
That glistens with a sparkling light.
Old December lags along
With reluctant footsteps slow,
Until Miss Christmas comes at last,
With the jolliest hours we know.
Santa Claus, the bountiful,
Helps her in his lavish way—
December, Christmas, Santa Claus,
O, what a merry, merry day!
Think of the thousands of secrets
That are tucked securely away,
All sorts of wonderful secrets
To be revealed on Christmas day.
Secrets large and secrets small,
Secrets short and secrets tall,
Secrets thick and secrets thin—
Won’t the folks who get them grin?
There are secrets flat on their backs,
There are others hanging up high,
Some are standing smack on their heads,
Some in pitchy-black corners lie.
Secrets round and secrets square,
Secrets dark and secrets fair,
Secrets sour and secrets sweet,
Secrets to wear and secrets to eat.
And if all these secrets were one
And laid out on a long, long shelf,
I think it would surely surprise
Dear old jolly Santa himself.
One of Marie Irish’s books, titled Choice Christmas Entertainments,