Yes, it’s that time of year again. Those songs that come out only once a year have been blaring from supermarket speakers for over a week now, and even the craft stores are doing unspeakable things to holiday tunes with flutes.
However, there are ways to restore that Christmas spirit, so don’t despair!
Visualize yourself in slippers, wrapped in an alpaca blanket, leaning into the back rest of a stuffy, friendly armchair by the fireplace, and read / listen to this … And feel free to add to the list of poems or audio/video: share links in the comments!
A few poems for the season (Christmas / Winter / Chanukah):
- Skating in Harlem, Christmas Day (by Cynthia Zarin)
- The Savior Must Have Been A Docile Gentleman (by Emily Dickinson)
- Mailboxes in Late Winter (by Jeffrey Harrison)
- A Christmas Carol (by Christina Rosetti)
- Noel (by Anne Porter)
- Christmas Away from Home (by Jane Kenyon)
- The Snow is Deep on the Ground (by Kenneth Patchen)
- Christmas at Sea (by Robert Louis Stevenson)
- The Mahogany Tree (by William Makepeace Thackerey)
- Ice (by Gail Mazur)
- The Visionary (by Emily Bronte)
- The Feast of Lights (by Emma Lazarus)
- The Coming of Light (by Mark Strand)
- Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines (by Dylan Thomas)
Audio & video:
(Dylan Thomas reads ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’)
(Philip Gross reads a poem about carolers)
(O Henry: ‘Gift of the Magi’)
(Tim Burton’s poem ‘The Nightmare before Christmas’, read by Christopher Lee)
(Vincent Price in a 1949 short film adaptation of Dickens’ ‘Christmas Carol’)