Short Christmas Poems

These short Christmas poems not only rejoice the birth of Jesus but also encourage us to look within our hearts ...

...reminders of sweet friendships, needy neighbors, forgiveness to enemies, and love to all.



Please take a moment to also read the following:

The Birth of Jesus as told by Luke

Christmas Verses

Merry Christmas My Friend
Also known as A Soldier's Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

What Child Is This Lyrics

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Clause


Short Christmas Poems

Christmas In The Heart
~ Anonymous

It is Christmas in the mansion,
Yule-log fires and silken frocks;
It is Christmas in the cottage,
Mother’s filling little socks.

It is Christmas on the highway,
In the thronging, busy mart;
But the dearest truest Christmas
Is the Christmas in the heart.


Long, Long Ago
~ Anonymous

Winds thru the olive trees
Softly did blow,
Round little Bethlehem
Long, long ago.

Sheep on the hillside lay
Whiter than snow
Shepherds were watching them,
Long, long ago.

Then from the happy sky,
Angels bent low
Singing their songs of joy.
Long, long ago.

For in a manger bed,
Cradled we know,
Christ came to Bethlehem,
Long, long ago.


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Now That The Time Has Come Wherein…
~ Author Unknown

Now that the time has come wherein
Our Savior Christ was born.
The larder’s full of beef and pork,
The granary’s full of corn.
As God hath plenty to thee sent,
Take comfort of thy labors,
And let it never thee repent
To feed thy needy neighbors.


There’s More to Christmas…
~ Author Unknown

There’s more, much more to Christmas
Than just candle- lights and cheer;

it’s the spirit of sweet friendship
that brightens all the years;

It is thoughtfulness and kindness,
It is hope that is reborn again,

For peace, for understanding
And for goodwill to humans.


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~ Oren Arnold

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.


Let Every Day Be Christmas
~ Norman W. Brooks

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others
is good you do yourself.


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Baby's First Christmas
Alice E. Chase

You have to hold him up to see
The angel on the Christmas tree.
And even though he's still too small
To know the meaning of it all
You watch his eyes reflect the glow
Of colored lights that come and go
And feel him quiver with delight
At every new and wondrous sight.

There's Santa with his jolly face
Beaming from the fireplace.
And from the stocking hanging there
Peeks a cuddly teddy bear.
Bright ornaments and candy canes --
Musical toy and wooden trains --
There's just no end to the delights
Spread out for him this night of nights!

He points and grins from ear to ear
And then he yawns - his bedtime's near!
Dad gives him a kiss and you tuck him away
To rest up for the fun of his first Christmas Day!


A Christmas Carol
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all aright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s breast,
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s heart,
His hair was like a fire,
(O weary, weary is the world,
But here the world’s desire.)

The Christ-child stood at Mary’s knee,
His hair was like a crown,
And all the flowers looked up at Him,
And all the stars looked down.

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A Song Was Heard At Christmas
~ Timothy Dudley- Smith

A song was heard at Christmas
To wake the midnight sky:
A saviour's birth, and peace on earth,
And praise to God on high.
The angels sang at Christmas
With all the hosts above,
And still we sing the newborn King
His glory and his love.


A Christmas Wish
~ Eugene Field

I'd like a stocking made for a giant,
And a meeting house full of toys,
Then I'd go out in a happy hunt
For the poor little girls and boys;
Up the street and down the street,
And across and over the town,
I'd search and find them everyone,
Before the sun went down.


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The First Christmas
~ Emilie Poulsson

Once a little baby lay
Cradled on the fragrant hay,
Long ago on Christmas;
Stranger bed a babe ne-er found,
Wond’ring cattle stood around,
Long ago on Christmas.

By the shining vision taught,
Shepherds for the Christ-child sought,
Long ago on Christmas.
Guided in a starlit way.
Wise men came their gifts to pay,
Long ago on Christmas.

And to-day the whole glad earth
Praises God for that Child’s birth,
Long ago on Christmas;
For the Life, the Truth, the Way
Came to bless the earth that day,
Long ago on Christmas.


While Stars of Christmas Shine
~ Emilie Poulsson

While stars of Christmas shine,
Lighting the skies,
Let only loving looks,
Beam from our eyes.

While bells of Christmas ring,
Joyous and clear,
Speak only happy words,
All love and cheer.

Give only loving gifts,
And in love take;
Gladden the poor and sad
For love’s dear sake.


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Christmas Folksong
~ Lizette Woodworth Reese

The little Jesus came to town;
The wind blew up, the wind blew down;
Out in the street the wind was bold.
Now who would house Him from the cold?

Then opened wide a stable door
Fain were the rushes on the floor;
The Ox put forth a horned head:
”Come, little Lord, here make Thy bed.”

Uprose the Sheep were folded near:
”Thou Lamb of God come, enter here.”
He entered there to rush and reed,
Who was the Lamb of God indeed.

The little Jesus came to town;
With ox and sheep He laid Him down.
Peace to the byre, peace to the fold,
For that they housed Him from the cold.


Christmas Eve
~ Christina Rossetti

CHRISTMAS hath darkness
Brighter than the blazing noon,
Christmas hath a chillness
Warmer than the heat of June,
Christmas hath a beauty
Lovelier than the world can show:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.
Earth, strike up your music,
Birds that sing and bells that ring;
Heaven hath answering music
For all Angels soon to sing:
Earth, put on your whitest
Bridal robe of spotless snow:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.


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Alternate Title: Love Came Down At Christmas
~ Christina Rossetti

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.


What Can I Give Him
~ Christina Rossetti

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring Him a lamb.
If I were a Wise Man,
I would do my part.
Yet what can I give Him?
I give Him my heart.


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The Golden Carol
~ (Of Melchior, Balthazar, and Gaspar – The Three Kings)
Old Carol

We saw the light shine out a-far,
On Christmas in the morning.
And straight we knew Christ’s Star it was,
Bright beaming in the morning.
Then did we fall on bended knee,
On Christmas in the morning,
And prais’d the Lord, who’d let us see
His glory at its dawning.

Oh! every thought be of His Name,
On Christmas in the morning,
Who bore for us both grief and shame,
Afflictions sharpest scorning.
And may we die (when death shall come),
On Christmas in the morning.
And see in heav’n, our glorious home,
The Star of Christmas morning.


Christmas Song
~ Lydia Avery Coonley Ward

Why do bells for Christmas ring?
Why do little children sing?

Once a lovely, shining star,
Seen by shepherds from a far,
Gently moved until its light
Made a manger- cradle bright.

There a darling baby lay
Pillowed soft upon the hay.
And his mother sang and smiled,
”This is Christ, the holy child.”

So the bells for Christmas ring,
So the little children sing.

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