Advent Poems (or the 12 days of Christmas poetry)

“Christmas Night,” a limited edition woodblock print/greeting card

It is so difficult for me to locate well-written Advent poems. A couple years ago I began collecting and posting some of my favorites. The list includes some well known poets as well as some lesser known individuals. As a way to celebrate the season, I offer the 12 days of Christmas poetry:

  1. December 14 – “Annunciation” by Denise Levertov
  2. December 15 – “Advent Calendar” by Rowan Williams
  3. December 16 – “Advent” by Donald Hall
  4. December 17 – “Mosaic of the Nativity (Serbia, Winter 1993)” by Jane Kenyon
  5. December 18 – “The God We Hardly Knew” by Óscar Romero
  6. December 19 – “The House of Christmas” by GK Chesterton
  7. December 20 – “Into The Darkest Hour” by Madeleine L’Engle
  8. December 21 – “The Winter Is Cold, Is Cold” by Madeleine L’Engle
  9. December 22 – “Nativity” by John Donne
  10. December 23 – “A Christmas Carol” by Christina Georgina Rossetti
  11. December 24 – “Mighty Mercy” by John Piper
  12. December 25 – “For Christmas Day” by Charles Wesley

Hope you enjoy the list. Let me know of Advent poems that are not listed here.

8 thoughts on “Advent Poems (or the 12 days of Christmas poetry)

    • Thanks for sharing this. I am unfamiliar with this poem and author. Would you mind sending me a web link or book reference so that I might read it? Thank you!

    • Thanks for sharing the Biola Advent web link! I will take a look at it. As well as the Advent poems posted to Image Journal.

      To be honest, these are two sources I am vaguely aware of and I had not considered them as resources. I look forward to exploring.

    • Thanks for the comment and suggestion. How could I forget Eliot’s poem? I may have to revisit my “12 Days of Christmas” poetry list and expand it to a “24 Days of Advent” poetry list.

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