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A List of the 22 Greatest Christmas Poems for Kids

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An Introduction to the Christmas Poems for Kids

Children always love to read poems, especially the ones on Christmas. They will not only read the poems, but they will involve themselves in the lines and will love to explain the poems to their friends and mates. Even parents can try performing activities with their children to make them much interested and involved to grasp the lines easily.

Let us look at several interesting Christmas poems from this article.

Overview of the Christmas Poems for Kids

It can be fun to come up with fresh ideas for your family to build festive family traditions as the holidays approach each year. When you all spend an evening trimming the Christmas tree together, it can become a family affair. Better still, bake a batch of beautiful gingerbread men and women or your favourite sugar cookie recipe and spend a Saturday with sticky fingers frosting and candying pastries. If your family is more von Trapp, warm up the old vocal cords with a cup of hot cocoa before going carolling — singing everyone's favourite Christmas carols — to your neighbours or a local elderly centre.

Perhaps a nightly reading session with the kids is already a part of your routine before bedtime. So take advantage of the holiday season to take a break from the latest Harry Potter book and start a new family custom of reading a Christmas poem every day. We've got enough to get you started, and these simple, fun-loving, and whimsical verses are a terrific way to begin early readers practise each night. They'll go to bed with thoughts of Santa Claus, reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and a dozen other whimsical Christmas images that will fill children with not just awe but also the joy of the season.

Some of the Greatest Christmas Poems

Let us look at the interesting Christmas poems for kids here. These are quite short and will help children to learn and recite them at Christmas gatherings at home or elsewhere.

Christmas poems for kids

Christmas Poems for Kids

1. Christmas Recipe

A pound of fun

And a pound of joy

Make a nice present

For a girl or boy.

A cup of goodness

And a cup of love

Really are gifts

From heaven above.

A pinch of holly

And a pinch of pine -

Now, we know

It's Christmas time.

-Gay Dowling

2. Talking Turkeys

A squeak on the stairs.

Could Santa be here?

Better pull my blankets

Up to my ears.

He comes down the chimney,

That's how he gets in.

Santa uses magic

To make himself thin.

I better keep still,

Can't make a peep.

He doesn't leave toys,

Unless you're asleep.

My door just opened.

Someone's by my bed.

It wasn't Santa after all,

'Cause Mom just kissed my head.

- Annabel Sheila

3. My Dad Would Like to Be Santa

His belly's getting bigger,

And his hair is turning white.

His eyes shine and sparkle

Like the stars on Christmas night.

He couldn't fit down chimneys

When he can just fit through a door.

One mince pie would never do

He'd only ask for more.

He likes a nip of brandy;

It sets his cheeks aglow.

When he forgets the words to carols,

He just shouts Ho, Ho, Ho.

- Graham Craven

4. A Ride with Santa

I wish that dear old Santa

Would take me for a ride;

I'd like to drive his reindeer

And sit by Santa's side.

I'd like to help old Santa

Find all the girls and boys,

So each one might be happy

With Christmas books and toys.

Jingle, jingle, jingle,

Christmas toys we'd bring;

Jingle, jingle, jingle,

How the bells would ring!

- Ovie Pedige Tanner

5. Remember the Reindeer

Hang up the stockings.

Decorate the tree.

Presents placed perfectly.

What a sight to see!

Milk and cookies are out,

Kids are tucked in tight.

There’s so much to do

On Christmas Eve night!

Before you take a snooze

And dream of the next day,

Don’t forget some food

For the friends who pull the sleigh!

You see, reindeer need snacks, too

A little love and fun

To help Santa through the night,

And get the important job done!


6. A Chubby Little Snowman

A chubby little snowman

Had a carrot nose.

Along came a bunny,

And what do you suppose?

That hungry little bunny

Looking for some lunch,

Grabbed that snowman’s nose,

Nibble, nibble, crunch!


7. Christmas Stars

The golden Christmas stars shine down

With a cheerful Christmas glow,

And twinkle a Yuletide message

To the busy world below;

They tell of the peace and good will

The Christmas time brings to earth,

The peace and good will all should feel

At this season of joy and mirth.

-Marie Irish

8. Five Little Reindeer

Five little reindeer playing in the snow

The first one said, “Can you see my nose glow?”

The second one said, “Listen to me sing!”

The third one said, “I can hear the bells ring.”

The fourth one said, “Let’s eat the pie!”

The fifth one said, “I’m ready to fly.”

Then clomp went their hooves

And the snow fell white

As the five little reindeer flew out of sight.

—Poet Unknown

9. Christmas Dog

Tonight's my first night as a watchdog,

And here it is Christmas Eve.

The children are sleeping all cozy upstairs,

while I'm guardin' the stockin's and tree.


10. The Grinch (Excerpt)

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,

Stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?

It came without ribbons. It came without tags.

It came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store?

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?

—Dr. Seuss

11. A Christmas Angel

Oh, I wish I was an angel on the tree

Oh, I wish I was an angel on the tree

I’d give every girl and boy

Lots of Christmas peace and joy

Oh, I wish I was an angel on the tree

—Denise Burke

12. What Reminds You of Christmas?

A holly wreath hung on the door,

Or presents strewn across the floor,

Tall Christmas tree with baubles bright,

Which fills our hearts with such delight.

Carols sung out in the snow,

A Snowman built with eyes aglow,

Crackers pulled, a song to sing,

Candles lit, and bells that ring.

Roasted turkey, which tastes divine,

Rich fruit cake, with an iced design,

No, the most important reminder of all,

Is the birth of a babe in an Ox’s stall.

—Ernestine Northover

13. Mom Is Making Christmas

Cookies baking in the kitchen,

The smell floats through the air;

Mom is making Christmas

with her usual merry flair

The house she gaily decorated,

Each gift she stiched with love,

And we’ll gather around the Christmas tree

for an evening of old-fashioned fun

This evening she’ll sing a carol for us

With her angel’s voice

Yes, Mom is making Christmas,

A true reason to rejoice.

—Vicky A. Luong

14. Snowball

I made myself a snowball

As perfect as could be,

I thought I'd keep it as a pet,

And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas,

And a pillow for its head,

Then last night it ran away,

But first—it wet the bed!

—Shel Silverstein

15. Christmas Long Ago

Frosty days and ice-still nights,

Fir trees trimmed with tiny lights,

Sound of sleigh bells in the snow,

That was Christmas long ago.

Tykes on sleds and shouts of glee,

Icy-window filigree,

Sugarplums and candle glow,

Part of Christmas long ago.

Footsteps stealthy on the stair,

Sweet-voiced carols in the air,

Stocking hanging in a row,

Tell of Christmas long ago.

Starry nights so still and blue,

Good friends calling out to you,

Life, so fact, will always slow…

For dreams of Christmas long ago.

—Dona M. Maroney

16. Christmas

Christmas is more than a day in December

It’s all of those things that we love to remember

It's carolers singing familiar refrains

Bright coloured stockings and shiny toy trains

Streamers of tinsel and glass satin balls

Laughter that rings through the house and its halls

Christmas is more than a day in December

It's the magic and the love

That we’ll always remember

—M.E. Miro

17. Peppermint Stick

I took a lick

Of a peppermint stick

And oh it tasted yummy!

It used to be

On the Christmas tree

But now it’s in my tummy!


18. The Little Christmas Carollers

We are a band of carollers,

We march through frost and snow,

But care not for the weather

As on our way we go.

At every hall or cottage

That stands upon our way,

We stop to give the people

Best wishes for the day.

We pray a merry Christmas,

Made bright by Christmas cheer,

With peace, and hope, and gladness

And all they may hold dear.

And for all those that happen

To pass us on our way

We have a smile, and wish them

A merry Christmas-day.

—L.A. Franc

19. Once Upon a Christmastime

Once upon a Christmastime

The angels sang with joy,

To herald the coming

Of a precious Baby Boy.

Their shouting filled the heavens

And shook the mighty Earth,

And sent the shepherds searching

For the place of His glorious birth.

And when they found the manger

And gazed upon His face,

They knelt in adoration

In that low and holy place.

Oh, Father, fill me with the love

That filled the Earth that night,

A love that reaches throughout the world

And fills it with Your light.

—Dona M. Maroney

20. A Visit from St. Nicholas

'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...

—Clement Clarke Moore

21. Reason for the Season

When eggnog’s generously filling

Each and every Christmas mug

And siblings tour miles and miles

To greet you with a hug

There’s scarce else I’ll be wishing

Than this simple little prayer

Of peace and calm and blessings much

On Christmas Day this year.

— Poet Unknown

22. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


We hope you loved reading these short and wonderful poems on Christmas. See how many you can memorise and recite with actions. Do share them with your siblings, cousins and friends and have fun reciting them together this Christmas. You can also visit our website and read many more of such interesting works by famous writers and poems related to special occasions.

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FAQs on A List of the 22 Greatest Christmas Poems for Kids

1. How to make children more interested in reading Christmas poems?

Christmas poems will appeal to young children, who will be happy to participate in the reading of such poems.

Make a snowman (for the hungry little bunny poem) and a rabbit with cardboard (for the form) and cotton balls if you want to incorporate these poems into a craft activity; for example, in a kindergarten setting or at home for the snow on the snowman and the fur on the bunny.

Have them also build a removable orange carrot-stick nose for the snowman so that it can "disappear" when the bunny eats it.

2. Give some activity examples that are given to the students to make them understand about the concept.

Being a teacher or parent, you can give the students objects and ask them to identify, close their eyes and enable them to touch the object and tell the name, show the picture of the object and ask them to guess the name, etc.