A Little Bush Fairy

Gum nut babies


A little bush fairy on the Christmas tree!
Tho’ not like the fairies you usually see,
For she wears not a gauzy gossamer gown
but gumnut blossoms drifting down
And there on top of her pine tree tower
she waves a wand of flannel flower.
Flittering and fluttering her eucalyptus wings
‘Neath a halo of golden wattle rings.
What other fairy would be so blessed
Or be, by nature, flora dressed?
What other fairy would look so sweet
With bottle brushes on her feet?


At Christmas she comes come-what-may
Tho’ not to those lands far away,
For only in Australia will you ever see
A little bush fairy on the Christmas tree!

Raili Tanska

This is the site at which I found this cute Aussie Christmas poem


I have just today received a comment about this quintessential Aussie Christmas poem. Her daughter tells me that it was written by Maggie May Gordon. She has published quite a number of books now. You can visit her  at  facebook.com/maggiemaygordonauthor

It’s worth a visit. Interestingly, they are sold at a store in Gympie, Qld. My second home for many a family holiday as my parents and sister lived there. Isn’t life wonderful !


  • Flannel Flower – an Australian bush flower.
  • Eucalyptus – the main variety of gum tree
  • Golden Wattle – Australia’s floral emblem is the Golden Wattle tree
  • Bottle Brush – A plant bearing cylindrical, brush like flowers (usually red or yellow) resembling a traditional bottle brush

Images – Pinterest; Austn native plants; Gardens online

13 thoughts on “A Little Bush Fairy

  1. Hi, just came across this. A Little Bush Fairy poem was written by my mother Maggie May Gordon. She has recently published a childrens books also titled A Little Bush Fairy, where the poem features on last page.
    Visit fb @maggiemaygordonauthor
    Thank you

    1. Wow! I’ve just had a look. How awesome. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. I appreciate it. And will update the post to give your mum the credit for her work. I’m going to have to hunt down some of her books. They are absolutely delightful, just with the brief glimpse I’ve had.
      I live in Adelaide. Interestingly, I note that her books are sold in a Gympie store! My parents and sister lived there for years so I know it, and the area well, as we spent many a family holiday there.

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