It is the season of Advent. Many years ago, my sister-in-law presented my household with a beautiful, hand-sewn Advent calendar. She said that her daughter did most of the work.
Hanging the Advent calendar is an anticipated part of the season. The family gathers around the dining room table to read selected passages and sing a song. Kidlingers take turns each evening selecting an ornament behind a number and hanging it on the calendar’s tree.
Around the time the hand-sewn Advent calendar was received, I began a search for related, relevant Advent poetry to celebrate the season. This took awhile. But eventually I collected 12 poems and shared them on this blog. It has become the most visited and shared post I have written. A series of Advent podcasts were produced as well,    but the list of 12 Advent poems is a perennial favorite.
Slowly I gathered a few more poems for this annual tradition. This year I will share throughout the Advent season poems by Wendell Berry, Patrick Kavanagh, X.J. Kennedy, Jane Kenyon, Mary Jo Salter, and R. S. Thomas.
 Advent Poems (or the 12 days of Christmas poetry)
 Poems and readings for the First Sunday of Advent
 Poems and readings for the Second Sunday of Advent
 Poems and readings for the Third Sunday of Advent
 Poems and readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent