Ever since I was was young, I’ve always loved the classic poem: “The Night Before Christmas” – and this year, I wanted to try to write my own version that captures something of the anticipation of the what awaits the world on Christmas morning, but in the same child-friendly style and language of the original…
From the podcast:
The Night Before Christ came.
It was the night before Christ came and in all Bethlehem town
Not an innkeeper was sleeping, there was no room to be found
All over the world, as a matter of fact
People returned to their birthplace to be counted for tax
The mangers were filled with fresh hay to spare
Never knowing this night quite who would lie there
In this ordinary place just who would think
That one arrival tonight would change everything?
But out in Bethlehem’s streets shivering like a jelly
Was a young girl called Mary with a babe in her belly
But this was no ordinary child in her tum
She’d been told by an angel He was God’s Only Son
So God sent His Son like the prophet’s foretold
And yet nobody welcomed them in from the cold
He had come to bring friendship but we acted like strangers
And then when He was born His only bed was a manger
And yet as Mary looked down into her new baby’s eyes
And through the noise of the stable heard His first little cries
She felt in her heart a love you can’t measure
And she knew that this night was a night she would treasure
It was the night before Christ came, and up in the skies
A huge choir of angels wait hid from their eyes
When down to some shepherds with great news to bring
They fly with a song they’ve long been waiting to sing:
A song of glory to God, peace on earth has now started
And an invite to go to God’s Son’s birthday party?
“The Saviour is born! He is Christ the Lord.”
“Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
See, no-one invites a shepherd to a birth
But in all of the world these guys were the first!
They left their prized flocks just stood in the fields
And to Jesus’ arrival were hot on their heels
And as through the streets they ran with such joy
And searched every manger for a new baby boy
Their footsteps and voices blasted out a new song
Hope rang out on the streets again after so long
It was the night that Christ came, and to Joseph and Mary
Burst a sight, that at first, might have seemed a bit scary
What did these strange strangers want with their boy?
What on earth did they know? What could bring all this joy?
But Joseph’s heart warmed when he learnt that just then
Some angels had been up to their old tricks again
Filling the night with promise and blessing
He was getting quite used to messages coming from heaven
And so Bethlehem’s manger becomes the unlikely scene
Where an unwanted stranger would awaken their dreams
A new King’s arrival – right here, of all places?
Peace on earth has been given – just look at their faces.
Carpenters, shepherds, angels and kings
What could bring them together – only one thing…
A Saviour is born – and now lays in the hay
And the whole world is different since that first Christmas Day
Up until right now, they just hadn’t a clue,
This very day divides the timeline in two!
The before and the after, and there in the middle
Lies a child whose arrival an old promise rekindles:
God has not left us here out in the cold
He has now come here, down Bethlehem’s road
And all of the dreams He gave in promises before
Are met in this one truth – For to us this child’s born
Don’t take my word for it – listen to the angel
There is room for each one of us around his manger
The good news, the great joy – it is absolutely for all
And nothing can go back to the way it was the night before
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