Joan wrote poetry starting at a young age. Needless to say, the excitement of the Christmas season appears in her verse throughout her childhood and teenage years.
A few days after she turned 15 years old, Joan wrote a poem she entitled Christmas 1937 :
Mary’s son was not cold
When the Wise Men came with gold
Mary’s son was newly born
When the shepherds came with morn.
Mary bore her son alone
While above the wonder shone
Of the star on just that night
Led the shepherds there aright.
All the years since then have passed
Stars that shine will ever last.
Why did that star only then
Shine and never once again?
Only once He came to Earth
Only once proclaim His birth,
But each year at Christmastide
Yet we think of Him who died,
And was born in that small town
While the Wonder Star looked down.
Let all the heavens still proclaim
Honor to His Holy Name.
In 1938, she portrayed the Virgin Mary in the Christmas Pageant at her church.
May your season be peaceful and filled with joy!