Christmas Story-Poems
for Children

By Josie Whitehead

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By Josie Whitehead

Oh Dear, Dear, Dear

It was a misty, murky Christmas Eve, and the rain began to pour.

From the corner of the kitchen came a steady little snore.

       It was Bella and her puppies, who were sleeping in the dark,

       But Bella heard some footsteps, and she began to bark.


Jack Russell’s are true guard dogs, and she guarded her home well.

She’d listen out for strangers, and she’d soon detect a smell.

       She knew her family were in bed, and that she was left on guard.

       She could hear and smell all visitors in the house or in the yard.


With teeth on show and snarling, Bella quickly left her bed.

She wasn’t now a pet dog, but a fearsome dog, instead.

       In the gloomy room this guard dog saw the shadow of a man,

       And she'd been taught to 'see 'im off' as quickly as you can!


This man wore crazy crimson clothes and a funny-looking hat,

And Bella thought:  ‘Oh yes, old man, I’ll soon see to all that.’

       Poor Santa saw a vicious dog approaching him at speed,

       And even present-givers can run fast when there’s a need.


The bag, containing Christmas gifts was dropped upon the floor

As Santa made his exit at full speed out of the door.

      With Bella, close upon his heels, he ran into the town

      But this dog, now with teeth on him, pulled Santa's trousers down..


So Bella had seen Santa off.  He’ll not return again,

And out, across the town he ran, quite soaked in all the rain.

       On Christmas Eve, if you’ve a dog, please take her to your bed,

       So that Santa can deliver toys in safety not in dread.

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