The Day Before Christmas – 12 Days Of Christmas
By Steph Nickel
Stephanie continues her series entitled “The 12 Days of Christmas,” with a new take on a classic Christmas poem. Steph titles her poem “The Day Before Christmas.” Click here to read the first post in the series.
The Christmas Story
When I was a little girl—many, many Christmases ago—my mom would read me the Christmas story from the gospel of Luke and Clement’s “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” It didn’t take me long to figure out which was true.
When asked to provide a Christmas reading for our church’s midweek program, I wrote the following poem modeled after Clement’s classic. I call it “’Twas the Day Before Christmas.” I hope you enjoy it.
The Day Before Christmas
’Twas the day before Christmas and all through the land,
The people were traveling, some hand in hand,
No stockings were hung, no chimneys in sight,
Just walking – keep walking – until it is night.
Some people were nestled all snug in their beds
While others had nowhere to lay down their heads,
And Mary was slowly plodding along,
Not knowing the angels were prepping a song.
Then up ahead, they saw the bright lights,
The small town of Bethlehem coming in sight,
“Ah, now at last, a place we can rest,”
“Perhaps they have room at the inn for a guest.”
But, no, the inn’s full; the owner is sad,
He knows Mary’s tired; he feels really bad,
But he offers a stable and freshly strewn hay,
“I hope it’s enough” is all he could say.
The smiles on their faces touched the man’s heart,
Surely he wanted to do a small part
To make the babe welcome whose coming was near,
The baby whose coming would drive away fear.
Now Mary and Joseph, their Sweet Baby Boy
Whose coming would bring oh so much joy,
A tiny young fam’ly on top of the world,
Such glory and wonder around them was curled!
And out in the pasture, where shepherds kept sheep,
Talking and working, not falling asleep,
A strange thing did happen; they trembled in fear,
A voice from the heavens boomed very near.
It was an angel sent from above,
To speak of God’s glory, to speak of His love,
To send them to town, away from their lambs,
“Leave behind ewes and leave behind rams.
“For something most wondrous has happened this night,
“Go now to Bethlehem; do what is right,
“The Promise of Ages has come now to you,
“The Saviour, Messiah, is born; it is true.
“He’s dressed not in splendour or a king’s royal cloth,
“He’s just wrapped in swaddling, and that is enough,
“But go now and worship your Lamb and your King,
“And as you will journey, all heaven will sing.”
Their eyes how they twinkled and glistened with tears,
For the One that they spoke of had been promised for years,
And now they would see Him and give Him their praise,
This surely would prove the most joyous of days.
Their staffs they would carry, gripped firm in their hand,
The best gift of all had come to their land,
And they got to see Him, simple shepherds no less,
They saw the new Saviour; they were so blessed.
Maybe chubby and plump, snuggled in hay,
Wonder of wonders, what a great day!
The shepherds were awestruck, the babe’s family too,
The Promise of Heaven had that night come true.
He spoke not a word but went straight to their hearts,
His work lay before Him; this was the start,
He’d come down from heaven, left angels behind,
Entrusted to shepherds, this message we find.
They sprang from their knees, went out from that place,
Sharing the news of God’s goodness and grace,
We hear them exclaim to this very day,
“The Saviour has come; now walk in His way.
Share The Poem
Please feel free to share this poem with others if you like, but I would greatly appreciate it if you include my name as well. (I write under the pen name Steph Beth Nickel.)
Though, of course, I’ve taken some liberties with the account of the Saviour’s coming, I have sought to stick closely to the biblical account.
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Images courtesy of:
Christmas Village – Josee Holland
Christmas Angel – Julia Freeman-Woolpert
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