12 Days to Christmas Fun! 12月 17, 2013 23:10
A Few Days to Christmas - The Night before Christmas, by Clement Moore
還有四天才過聖誕節。為甚麼現在就介紹 Clement Clarke Moore 的詩? 因為我們要去放年假了,所以留下這首詩讓大家慢慢咀嚼體會。
A Visit from St. Nicholas
By Clement Clarke Moore
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blixen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
5 Day to Christmas - Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
如果以後每年都要寫耶誕節繪本推薦，這本書請容許我可能會年年推薦。只要有一顆赤子之心，讀完繪本後，心中必定悄悄得禱告：如果有一天Polar Express停在我家前面，我會怎麼作？我好想和書中的小男孩借鈴鐺，試試看自己可不可以聽到耶誕鈴聲？分享這個經典的耶誕故事給孩子吧！ 官網有耶誕25天倒數的網上活動 http://www.polarexpress.com/
6 Day to Christmas - Green Tots Loves Recycled Christmas Tree
今年微軟幫忙NORAD製作一個有趣的互動網站http://www.noradsanta.org/ 。可以聆聽聖誕節的音樂、玩game、看與聖誕老人或NORAD相關的影片。影片可以讓小朋友認識例行NORAD的任務。(適合較大年紀小朋友；年紀較小的家長請先自行觀看決定。) 雖然比不過市面上fancy的APP，大家聽聽典故，用網站放耶誕組曲也不錯。相關新聞http://goo.gl/JXZ3nZ
10 Day to Christmas - A Dinosaurs' Night before Christmas, by Anne Muecke