Christmas is the most magical time of the year.
It’s a time for family, friends, gifts, love and magic. Christmas is when we all come together in love and harmony and it is a time when everyone seems to be in a good mood. Festive cheer is in the air and it’s time to forget about all of your worries and indulge in the Christmas festivities. To get you into that festive feeling, we have created this list of wonderful Christmas poems which are all filled with festive magic. We hope that you enjoy these wonderful Christmas poems and we would love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments section below this article.
A Bit About Christmas Poems
Christmas poems are great for getting you into the festive cheer and for getting you excited about the festive season. Poems are great because they tend to be quite short and are usually very enjoyable to read.
What is Christmas?
Officially, Christmas is the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a Christian holiday, however is celebrated by billions all over the world who are of different cultures. The name ‘Christmas’ comes from the Mass of Christ. A Mass service is where Christians gather together, often in church, to remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life.
Christmas in the modern world has become more so about giving gifts and celebrating with family as opposed to the religious aspect. Nowadays, Christmas is centred around Santa Clause or Father Christmas and the giving of gifts to each other as a way of annually celebrating. It is also about getting together with family and friends and participating in festivities that are usually only celebrated during the Christmas season.
How do we celebrate Christmas?
There are many ways that we can celebrate Christmas. One of the main ways we celebrate is by giving gifts to the people we love and receiving gifts from the people we love.
We also traditionally celebrate Christmas with food. Christmas dinner is one of the main parts of celebrating Christmas and it’s one of the best ways to celebrate Christmas. A traditional Christmas dinner consists of turkey, trimmings, roasted vegetables, and gravy.
At Christmas time, we also often attend parties and spend more time with our friends and family than we ordinarily would. We also attend unique events that are only available to attend during the Christmas season.
There are many ways to celebrate Christmas, and each person and each family has different traditions. Christmas is all about traditions and everyone celebrates in a different way.
What can we glean from Christmas poems?
The Christmas poems in our list should make you feel very festive, happy and excited. They should fill you with glee and make your excited for celebrating with your friends and family. Poems of any kind are fun and lovely to read, and these Christmas poems are no exception – these too should be fun and lovely to read.
Our Favourite Christmas Poems
Following is our list of Christmas poems that should make you feel happy and gleeful during the time of the Christmas season. These Christmas poems should get you excited for Christmas and should help you feel the magic that comes at this very special time of year. We hope that you enjoy these poems and we would love to hear your thoughts on them i the comments section below this article.
A Song Was Heard at Christmas
By Timothy Dudley-Smith
A song was heard at ChristmasTo wake the midnight sky,
A Saviour’s birth, and peace on earth,And praise to God on high.
The angels sing at ChristmasWith all the hosts above,And still we sing the newborn King,His glory and His love.
This is a beautiful Christmas poem all about the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The birth of Jesus Christ is why Christmas is all about and defines the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate this holiday every year.
The rhyming in this poem is truly beautiful and makes it easy and enjoyable to read. Rhymes are a common theme in poetry, and the use of rhyme in this poem helps it to flow nicely. although the poem is only short, it simply defines the true meaning of Christmas and reveals what Christmas is really all about.
By Marie Irish
Bright Christmas Stars shine on high,Golden stars in the wintery sky;Christmas candles in windows bright,Sends greetings into the night.
While in our hearts the Christmas flame,Glows with a love like His who came;The infant Christ of lowly birth,To bring good will and peace to earth.
This beautiful Christmas poem is a Sunday school favourite which is often recited by children. It is easy and simple to read and is filled with wonderful Christmas joy that families will love.
The words within this poem are quite simple, but truly capture the magic of this special holiday. Again, the rhymes in this poem make it a fun, easy, and enjoyable read that can easily be enjoyed and read by people of all ages.
By Iris W. Bray
Christmas is for givingAnd for showing that we care,For honouring the Christ ChildWith the loving gifts we share
The wise men gave of riches;The shepherds, faith and love.Each gift, in its own measure,Was smiled on from above.
Let every gift be treasured;Not always size or priceDetermines the extent of loveAnd willing sacrifice.
Handsome gifts with festive trimBrings smiles of sweet content,But modest gifts of humble meansAre ofttimes heaven sent.
Whether it be large or smallEach gift will share in partThe message of true Christmas joyIf given from the heart!
This Christmas poem is wonderful as it highlights the true meaning of Christmas, which is faith and love. Christmas is all about giving and that is what this poem is all about. Giving gifts and love to our friends and family at this time of year is what makes Christmas one of the most wonderful times of the year every year.
This poem also rhymes beautifully which helps it to flow and can easily be ready by people young and old. What is great about this poem, is that it is a little bit longer than most, so makes for a beautiful read that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Before the Paling of the Stars
By Christina Georgina Rossetti
Before the paling of the stars,Before the winter morn,Before the earliest cock crow,Jesus Christ was born:Born in a stable,Cradled in a manger,In the world his hands had madeBorn a stranger.
Priest and king lay fast asleepIn Jerusalem;Young and old lay fast asleepIn crowded Bethlehem;Saint and angel, ox and ass,Kept a watch togetherBefore the Christmas daybreakIn the winter weather.
Jesus on his mother’s breastIn the stable cold,Spotless lamb of God was he,Shepherd of the fold:Let us kneel with Mary maid,With Joseph bent and hoary,With saint and angel, ox and ass,To hail the King of Glory.
This is a lovely poem which beautifully describes the birth of Jesus Christ and the events surrounding his birth. If you’re looking for a fun and engaging way to teach children of the true meaning of Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ, then this poem is perfect.
This poem is easy to read and rhymes beautifully, making it very enjoyable to read. This is a wonderful poem about the birth of Jesus Christ which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
The Christmas Story
By Leanne Guenther
Once upon a time,A long, long time ago.Begins the story of a baby,That most of you should know.
His daddy’s name was Joseph,And Mary was His mom,This babe was very specialHe was God’s only Son.
Some angels came from heaven,And they began to sing.
To the shepherds in the fields below,“Glad tidings do we bring!”
A bright star lit the heavens,To light the magi’s way,To the baby in the mangerWho was born on Christmas day.
And all who gathered round Him,Rejoiced and praised His birth.For the babe, the King, named Jesus,Is our Saviour here on earth!
This is a wonderful, simple poem about the true meaning of Christmas and the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. What is great about this poem is its simplicity. It is very simple and easy to read and the language used is simple enough to be read and rehearsed by children of all ages.
If you’re looking for a great way to teach children about the true meaning of Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ, then this poem is perfect because it is simple enough for children to understand and is very enjoyable to read and hear.
In the Bleak Mid-Winter
By Christina Georgina Rossetti
In the bleak mid-winter, frosty wind made moan,Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficedThe Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Enough for Him, Whom cherubim, worship night and day,A breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;Enough for Him, Whom angels fall before,The ox and ass and camel which adore.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there,Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
This classic spiritual Christmas poem is one that is rather well known by many all over the world. It is a favourite poem for reciting at church gatherings and can even be sung as a hymn.
This beautiful poem tells the story of Christmas through rhyming words and beautifully constructed verse. The fact that this poem is easy to read and can be sung is perhaps why it is so well known and it is enjoyed by people of all ages all over the world.
Little donkey, little donkey,On the dusty road.Got to keep on plodding onwards,With your precious load.
Been a long time, little donkey,Through the winter’s night.Don’t give up now, little donkey,Bethlehem’s in sight.
Little donkey, little donkey,Had a heavy day.Little donkey, carry Marysafely on her way.
Do not falter, little donkey,There’s a star ahead.It will guide you, little donkey,To a cattle shed.
This Christmas poem is a wonderful one that can also be sung as a hymn in churches or schools. I personally remember reciting this poem as a song in my younger days and remember it being one of my favourites.
This is an enjoyable poem for children as the rhymes and repetitiveness make it very simple and easy to learn. It is also very enjoyable to read, sing and hear because it flows beautifully and works really well as a beautiful short song.
A significant symbol of ChristmasIs the simple candy cane.It’s shape is the crook of the shepherdOne of the first who came.
The lively peppermint flavor isThe regal gift of spice.The white is Jesus’ purity.The red is sacrifice.
The narrow stripes are friendship.And the nearness of his love.Eternal, sweet compassionA gift from God above.
The candy cane reminds us allof how much God cared.And like His Christmas gift to useIt’s meant to be broken and shared.
This lovely Christmas poem explains why the candy cane is such an important symbol during the Christmas season. Children love candy canes, and so will love to hear this poem all about their importance and their meaning during the festive season.
This poem also features a beautiful rhyming structure, which makes it easy to read and lovely to hear when read aloud. Christmas is all about sharing, and the last verse of this poem highlights just that.
If I Am…
If I am a king,my crown I will give to him.If I am a caroler,I’ll sing to Him the best hymns.If I am a shepherd,the best lamb I’ll bringIf I am an angel, I’d give Him my wings.
If I am the wise man,I’d give my wealth away.If I am a soldier,I’ll die for Him all the way.But I’m just a poor little boy,with nothing much to give,but to offer my little handsand my little feet.
To glorify the one in the manger that was born,the hope and light of this mixed-up world.I give my heart to the one that was born to die,and brings freedom to all mankind.
I am just a little boy today,I’ll do bigger things for Him one day.I’d give my life, my all, to the One who calls me.Jesus Christ was born to set me free,and this is what Christmas means to me.
This is a great poem with a beautiful meaning behind it. Christmas time is all about giving. It doesn’t matter who we are, or where we came from, we all have something that we can give. Just like the little boy in this poem who has nothing, he offers his hands and feet.
This poem highlights the importance of being thankful for Jesus and the sacrifices that he gave us. The story behind this poem is that of people giving anything they can to Jesus to show their gratitude towards him.
Jesus was Born on Christmas
Jesus was born on Christmas,on a very holy night,and in the sky above Him,shone the very brightest light.
All of the heavenly angels,Sang a song to praise His name.They told the lowly shepherds,so they left their sheep and came.
From the east the wisemen roam,bringing precious gift to share.Riches for the King of Kings,to show the Saviour that they care.
Now we celebrate His birthday,in our hearts and everyday.Jesus in your humble manger,your true love is here to stay.
This is another beautiful poem describing the birth of Jesus Christ – the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas. It explains the events that happened during his birth and explains that that is the reason why we celebrate each year.
This poem flows beautifully and is very easy to read. It features a wonderful rhyming structure which makes it an absolute joy to both read and hear when it is read aloud.
A Christmas Alphabet Poem
A is for Angels, appearing so bright, telling of Jesus that first Christmas night.“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host.”Luke 2:13.
B is for Bethlehem, crowded and old, birthplace of Jesus by prophet foretold.“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel.”Micah 5:2.
C is for Cattle, their manger His bed, there in the trough where He laid His head.“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,and laid him in a manger.”Luke 2:7.
D is for David and his ancient throne promised forever to Jesus alone.“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord Godshall give unto him the throne of his father David.”Luke 1:32.
E is for East, where shone the bright star which Magi on camels followed afar.“Behold, there came wise men from the east asking ‘Where is the king of the Jews?’”Matthew 2:1,2.
F is for Frankincense, with myrrh and gold, brought by the Wise Men as Matthew has told.“And when they had opened their treasurers, they presented unto him gifts gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”Matthew 2:11.
G is for God, who from heaven above sent down to mankind the Son of His love.“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perishbut have everlasting life.”John 3:16.
H is for Herod, whose murderous scheme was told to Joseph in a nocturnal dream.“The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt… for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”Matthew 2:13.
I is for Immanuel, “God with us,” for Christ brought man back to the Father’s house.“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”Isaiah 7:14.
J is for Joseph so noble and just, obeying God’s word with absolute trust.“Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife.”Matthew 1:24.
K is for King. A true king He would be, coming in power and authority.“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, the King cometh unto thee;he is just, and having salvation.”Zechariah 9:9.
L is for Love that He brought down to earth God enfleshed in lowly birth.“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent his only begotten Son into the world,that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9.
M is for Mary, His mother so brave, counting God faithful and mighty to save.“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”Luke 1:38.
N is for Night, when the Savior was born for nations of earth and people forlorn.“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”Luke 2:8.
O is for Omega, meaning “the last;” He’s eternal present, future and past.“I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”Revelation 22:13.
P is for Prophets, when living on earth foretold His redemption and blessed birth.“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near.A star will come out of Jacob; a sceptre will rise out of Israel.”Numbers 24:17.
Q is for Quickly, as shepherds who heard hastened to act on that heavenly word.“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”Luke 2:16.
R is for Rejoice. The sorrow of sin is banished forever when Jesus comes in.“And you will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth.”Luke 1:14.
S is for Savior. To be this He came; the angel of God assigned Him His name.“She will bring forth a son, and you will call his name JESUS,for he will save his people from their sins.”Matthew 1:21.
T is for Tidings of joy, not of danger, telling of Him who was laid in a manger.“And the angel said unto them, Fear not for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,which shall be to all people.”Luke 2:10.
U is for Us, to whom Jesus was given to show us the way and take us to heaven.“For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”Luke 2:11.
V is for Virgin, foretold by the sage, God’s revelation on prophecy’s page.“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel,which being interpreted is, God with us.”Matthew 1:23.
W is for Wonderful, His works and His words, the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lords.“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given… and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”Isaiah 9:6.
X is for Christ. It’s X in the Greek, Anointed, Messiah, mighty, yet meek.“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.”Acts 10:38.
Y is for Yes, called God’s Yes in His Word; God’s answer to all is Jesus the Lord.“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”2 Corinthians 1:20.
Z is for Zeal as it burned in Christ’s heart. Lord, by thy Spirit to us zeal impart.“And his disciples remembered that it was written, the zeal of your house has eaten me up.”John 2:17.
Although this is a rather lengthy poem, it is an amazing Christmas poem for teaching children all about the true meaning of Christmas.If you’re looking for a great educational Christmas poem that children will love to learn from, then this is the perfect Christmas poem for you.
It features a different verse for every letter of the alphabet and each verse contains a sentence or paragraph form the bible which is centred around the Christmas theme and also coincides with each specific letter.
Little Baby Jesus
By Deborah Ann Belka
Little baby Jesus,so soft and so sweetone day would have nailspounded into His feet.
Tightly swaddled now,in His mother’s loving armsone day He would weara crown of prickly thorns.
Small cooing sounds,He now softly sighsone day to His FatherHe’ll moan forsaken cries.
Wise Men bring to Him,gifts meant for a Kingone day to a crossHis life will painfully cling.
Little baby Jesus,so soft and so sweetcame into the worldso Satan He could defeat.
This religious Christmas poem is simple, yet it truly captures the joyous and gleeful birth of baby Jesus Christ and the events and feelings surrounding his birth. It also captures the importance of the work that baby Jesus will grow up to do.
This poem would work great as an educational poem as it highlights all of the important aspects of why we celebrate each Christmas day. It also rhymes beautifully and reads easy, so can be enjoyed by people young and old.
I Celebrate His First Coming
By Margaret Cagle
Some Christians say Christmas is pagan,While others celebrate and rejoice.Some are really just indifferent.We are all free to make our choice.
As for me, I really like Christmas.It is a time to think of God’s love.I can thank my great Heavenly FatherFor sending His Son from up above.
In His great love, God sent Jesus.Jesus had a very lowly birth.On a manger bed, He lay His headWhen He first came to the earth.
It might not have been in December.It could have been another date,But praise God He came to die for us,So His first coming, I’ll celebrate.
This particular poem acknowledges that there are different views on Christmas and that it is okay. The Christian author of this poem states that the meaning of Christmas for her is to reflect on God’s love and the fact that Jesus died for our sins.
Many people have different views about Christmas and there are no right or wrong views. Christmas means something different to everyone and we all celebrate it in different ways.
The Time Draws Near
By Alfred Lord Tennyson
The time draws near the birth of Christ:The moon is hid; the night is still;The Christmas bells from hill to hillAnswer each other in the mist.
Four voices of four hamlets round,From far and near, on mead and moor,Swell out and fail, as if a doorWere shut between me and the sound:
Each voice four changes on the wind,That now dilate, and new decrease,Peace and goodwill, goodwill and peace,Peace and goodwill, to all mankind.
This poem was written by a famous British poet who manages to beautifully capture the calm and stillness in nature in the run up towards the birth of Jesus Christ.
This particular poem would make the perfect carol for a church or Christmas themed event. It rhymes wonderfully and flows beautifully so it is very easy to read an enjoy by all.
Bring Me to the Manger
By Anna Tucker
Bring me to the mangerFor I desire to go,Bring me to the manger,For I desire to know,The Holy childSo meek and mild,So spotless and undefiledCradled therein,For dark is this nightAnd I long e’en for the starThat did guideThe wise men from afar,To where He lay,For my soul shall weep and prayTill I find my wayTo Him!
This lovely Christmas poem beautifully illustrates a vivid picture of baby Jesus lying in the manger. It paints a picture of the scenes right after the birth of Jesus Christ in a beautiful way.
This poem rhymes and flows wonderfully, making it very easy to read by all and wonderful to hear when read aloud. It is a sweet, simple poem that illustrated the story of the birth of Jesus Christ beautifully and perfectly.
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Tina Gray is a freelance journalist, theatre enthusiast and aspiring author. She has a passion for telling stories through various mediums and regularly writes for various online publications. Her short stories will soon be published in her first volume. Currently, she resides in the San Fernando Valley and is studying screenwriting.