christmas poems

Christmas Bells
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!’

The Night Before Christmas  By Clement Clarke Moore
“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house...”

The Twelve Days of Christmas
“On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...”

The Three Kings  By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Three kings came riding from far away, Melchior and Gaspar and Balthasar...”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas  By Dr. Seuss
“Every Who Down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch who lived just north of Whoville, did not...”

Some Children See Him
“Some children see him lily white, the baby Jesus born this night...”

The Nativity  Luke 2:1-20
“In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus tht all the world should be registered...”

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus  By Virginia O'Hanlon
“Dear Editor, I am 8 years old.  Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus...”

The Gift of the Magi  By O. Henry
“One dollar and eighty-seven cents.  That was all...”

The Little Match-Seller  By Hans Christian Andersen
“It was terribly cold and nearly dark on the last evening of the old year, and the snow was falling fast...”   

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