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To provide a simple presentation for Christmas.

by Jan Edmunds

Suitable for Key Stage 1


To provide a simple presentation for Christmas.

Preparation and materials

  • Read through the poem carefully. It is designed to be used in a variety of ways. The whole class could be involved in choral speaking; or each verse could have a narrator and be accompanied by actions as it is read.
  • Verses 1 to 3 could depict modern-day preparations, then verses 4 to 7 could show the build-up to the Nativity scene, watched by the parents and children. A reasonable pause between each verse may be needed to allow time for the actions.
  • Simple costuming and props would add to the effect. Suitable Christmas music could be chosen to play before the performance starts.


by Jan Edmunds

When children think of Christmas,
What’s the first thing comes to mind?
It’s usually the presents
That they hope to find.

For parents there’s preparation,
Lots of things to do,
Plenty of shopping, buying the food,
To make Christmas dreams come true.

Then there are decorations,
Lights upon the tree.
Crackers, turkey, Christmas pud,
Exciting things to see.

But stop! We should remember,
On this very special day,
That Jesus was born in Bethlehem,
And in a manger laid.

Angels spread the news around
To shepherds in the field.
They found their way to Bethlehem,
Where Jesus was revealed.

Three kings brought gifts for the baby boy,
Myrrh, frankincense and gold.
They followed a bright new star,
As the old story is told.

Remember then at Christmas,
The reason why we give.
For Jesus Christ was born this day,
To show us how to live.

Time for reflection


Ask the children to think about the Christmas story while some Christmas music is played.



Dear God,

Thank you for Christmas:

A special time to be together with the people who love us,

A time to show people how important they are to us,

A time to remember your love for us, shown in the story of the birth of Jesus.



‘Christmas’ (Come and Praise, 122)

Publication date: December 2007   (Vol.9 No.12)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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