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Short Christmas Poems!

Short Christmas poems are fun to include in your Christmas cards or on a gift tag, include one in a stocking which could be personalized for added meaning.

Short Christmas Poem:
Christmas Gift

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.

We have included a selection of popular & short christmas poems to get your creative juices flowing. Have a go at writing your own Christmas poetry, have it framed as a gift to a special person in your life.

Christmas is Coming

Christmas is coming,
the geese are getting fat,
please put a penny
in the old man's hat.
If you haven't got a penny
a ha'penny will do;
If you haven't got a penny
then God bless you!

Christmas is Forever

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

Why do the Bells of Christmas Ring?

Why do the bells of Christmas ring?
Why do the little children sing?

Once a lovely shining star,
Seen by shepherds from afar,
Gently moved until it's light,
Made a manger's cradle bright.

There a darling baby lay,
Pillowed soft upon the hay;
And its mother sung and smiled:
"This is Christ, the holy Child!"

Therefore bells for Christmas ring,
Therefore little children sing.

~ Lydia Avery Coonley Ward

Short Christmas Poem:
A Song was Heard at Christmas

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.

~Timothy Dudley-Smith

Love Came Down at Christmas

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

~ Christina Rossetti

Christmas Past

Each Christmas I remember
The ones of long ago;
I see our mantelpiece adorned
With stockings in a row.

Each Christmas finds me dreaming
Of days that used to be,
When we hid presents here and there,
For all the family.

Each Christmas I remember
The fragrance in the air,
Of roasting turkey and mince pies
And cookies everywhere.

Each Christmas finds me longing
For Christmases now past,
And I am back in childhood
As long as memories last.
~ Carice Williams

Short Christmas Poems: Welcome to Heaven's King

Welcome to Thou, Heaven's King,
welcome, born in one morning,
welcome, for Him we shall sing,
welcome, Yule!

A Song Was Heard At Christmas

A song was heard at Christmas
To wake the midnight sky
A saviours 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.

~ Timothy Dudley Smith

Short Christmas Poem: Christmas Is Here

A good time is coming, I wish it were here
The very best time in the whole of the year;
I'm counting each day on my finger and thumbs
the weeks that must pass before Santa Claus comes.

Then when the first snowflakes begin to come down,
And the wind whistles sharp and the branches are brown,
I'll not mind the cold, though my fingers it numbs,
For it brings the time nearer when Santa Claus comes.

Hymn for Christmas Day

Christians awake, salute the happy morn,
whereon the saviour of the world was born;
Rise, to adore the mystery of love,
which hosts of angels chanted from above:
With them the joyful tidings first begun
of God incarnate, and the Virgin's son.

~ John Byrom

Christmas Greetings for a Friend

The Christmas Day brings memories
And kindest thoughts untold,
Of friends we may not often see
But hope to always hold;
So may this greeting be a link
In friendship's precious chain,
And may there be a Christmas Day
When we shall meet again

Baby's First Christmas

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!

~ Alice E. Chase

Christmas Wreaths

Our Christmas Wreaths are fat and round,
Made of the woodsy things we found.
We tied brown cones upon the green,
And stuck red berries in between.
Upon the wreath on our front door,
We tied a ribbon from the store.

Christmas in Heaven

Christmas in Heaven
what do they do?

They come down to earth
to spend it with you.

So save them a seat
just one empty chair

You may not see them but
they will be there.


Two merry blue eyes
A very little nose
A long snowy beard
And cheeks like a rose
A round chubby man
A big bulging sack
Hurrah for old Santa
We're glad he's come back!

Christmas Party Invitation

For more samples of Christmas poems, both classic and modern, please choose the following link to our Christmas poems page or Santa's Christmas Eve Prayer.

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