Thursday 15th November saw the city of Plymouth light up with festive spirit for the 2018 Christmas lights switch on. Amidst the festive fun, Literature Works/ Plymouth City Council’s Young City Laureate Olivia Templeton read a poem on the main stage in the city centre to herald in the season. We share it with you here:

Warm milk and cookies

Warm milk with cookies

And angels on trees

Jack Frost nipping and falling degrees

These are the things since last winter, I’ve missed

These are the things on my Christmas list


Mulled wine and gingerbread

Sleigh bells ringing in your head

Chestnuts roasting in the City Centre

Children into Santa’s grotto enter


Paper hats and silly jokes and

Silver lights like moons in the sky

Stockings are hung on a fireplace nearby

With paper snowflakes are my windows gently kissed

These are the things on my Christmas list


Twigs for arms, a carrot for a nose

Isn’t that how their doorstep carol goes?

Pantomime, the highlight of Christmas Eve

A visit from Santa, that night we’ll receive


Tinsel for a child’s halo

Red cheeks all aglow

Reindeer hoof prints in freshly fallen snow

Chicken for dinner, no turkey is a twist

These are the things on my Christmas list


Mistletoe meetings and letters to post

Cards on the mantle, family to host

Being surrounded by loved ones is best

Some don’t have family, for them love is a quest


A child’s festive wish

That is only heard by the stars

We don’t need presents for happiness to be ours

So Merry Christmas says the watch on my wrist

These are the things on my Christmas list

Olivia Templeton, November 2018.