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Twelve little Christmas trees

To provide a simple class presentation reminding us why we celebrate Christmas.

by Jan Edmunds

Suitable for Key Stage 1

Aims

To provide a simple class presentation reminding us why we celebrate Christmas.

Preparation and materials

  • This material can be read by the leader, pausing after each line to allow time for the actions.

  • Read the poem carefully before deciding on the characters to be included. Twelve children can be dressed in simple costumes representing Christmas trees. Other children can be brought on to perform the actions as the poem unfolds. Everyone in the class should be included.

Assembly

Twelve little Christmas trees 

by Jan Edmunds

Twelve little Christmas trees are standing in the snow.

Twelve little Christmas trees are wondering where they’ll go.

Twelve little Christmas trees are dug up from the ground.

(Actions: digging the trees up.)

Twelve little Christmas trees as to the shops they’re bound.

(One child can be a lorry driver as the trees line up behind him and follow him around the stage.)

Twelve little Christmas trees riding to the shop.

Twelve little Christmas trees unloaded when they stop.

(The driver unloads trees and places them in a line.)

Twelve little Christmas trees standing good as gold.

Twelve little Christmas trees as one by one they’re sold.

(A shopkeeper serves customers coming to buy the trees. Position the trees on either side of stage.)

Twelve little Christmas trees are sparkling with light.

(A few children could place tinsel on each tree.)

Looking very beautiful, shining in the night.

(Small concealed torches could be used here by the trees.)

Guarding all the presents that Father Christmas brings.

(Father Christmas enters with a sack, and puts presents under the trees.)

The wrapping paper’s hiding so many different things. 

Happy little Christmas trees, sharing Christmas joy,

Waiting with excitement like every girl and boy. 

Reminding us of Bethlehem, when on that Christmas morn

A very special baby called Jesus Christ was born. 

(All the children can be brought back on to the stage. Placing is important and should be well practised.)

Time for reflection

Reflection

Let the children look at the trees in silence.

 

Prayer

Thank you for Christmas:

for the trees in our homes,

and the ones that will be arriving soon.

For the light that they bring, and the joy we feel.

Thank you for Christmas.

Amen.

Song/music

‘Christmas time is here’ (Come and Praise, 127)

Publication date: December 2008   (Vol.10 No.12)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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