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Advent and Christmas Poetry

Christmas remains an inexhaustible source of poetic inspiration, deep religious feelings, and tender but persistent invitation to open our minds and hearts to the mystery of Jesus' birth.

We have some classic Advent and Christmas poetry from a variety of poets. Below you will find poems, wishes, quotes and verses and short stories to write inside a Christmas greeting card.

 

 

Classic Christmas Poetry

From The Short Story A Christmas Dream by Louisa May Alcott:
From our happy home Through the world ... read more

Merry Christmas by Louisa May Alcott:
In the rush of early morning, When the red burns ... read more

Once in Royal David's City by Cecil Frances Alexander:
Once in royal David's city Stood a lowly ... read more

Saw you Never, in the Twilight by Cecil Frances Alexander:
Saw you never, in the twilight ... read more

Santa's Stocking by Katherine Lee Bates:
Dame Snow has been knitting all day With needles of crystal ... read more

Music on Christmas Morning by Anne Brontë:
Music I love - but never strain Could kindle ... read more

Christmas Greetings by Lewis Carroll:
Lady dear, if Fairies may - For a moment lay aside ... read more

A Hymn for Christmas Day by Thomas Chatterton:
Almighty Framer of the Skies! O let our pure ... read more

A Christmas Carol by G.K.Chesterton:
The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap, His hair was like a light ... read more

The House of Christmas by G. K. Chesterton:
There fared a mother driven forth Out of an ... read more

December by John Clare:
While snow the window-panes bedim, The fire curls up ... read more

The Savior must have been a docile Gentleman by Emily Dickinson:
The Savior must have been a docile Gentleman ... read more

Christmas In The Heart by Paul Laurence Dunbar:
The snow lies deep upon the ground ... read more

The Foolish Fir-Tree by Henry Van Dyke:
A Little fir grew in the midst of the wood Contented and happy ... read more

Christmas treasures by Eugene Field:
I count my treasures o'er with care.--The little toy my ... read more

The Christmas-Box by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
This box, mine own sweet darling, Thou wilt find ... read more

A Christmas Ghost Story by Thomas Hardy:
South of the Line, inland from far Durban, ... read more

Snow in the Suburbs by Thomas Hardy:
Every branch big with it, Bent every twig with it ... read more

Bells Across the Snow by Frances R. Havergal:
Christmas, merry Christmas! Is it really come again? With its ... read more

An Ode of the Birth of our Savior by Robert Herrick:
In numbers, and but these few, I sing Thy birth ... read more

Ceremonies for Christmas by Robert Herrick:
Come, bring with a noise, My merry, merry boys ... read more

Moonless darkness stands between by Gerard Manley Hopkins:
Moonless darkness stands between. Past, the Past ... read more

This Section is a Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay:
This section is a Christmas tree Loaded with ... read more

A Christmas Carol by William Topaz McGonagall:
Welcome, sweet Christmas, blest be the morn ... read more

A Tale of Christmas Eve by William Topaz McGonagall:
'Twas Christmastide in Germany ... read more

Modern Love XXIII: 'Tis Christmas Weather by George Meredith:
'Tis Christmas weather, and a country house ... read more

Hang Up The Baby's Stocking by Emily Huntington Miller:
Hang up the baby's stocking: Be sure you don't forget ... read more

On the Morning Of Christ's Nativity by John Milton:
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity This is the month, and this ... read more

The Christmas Night by Lucy Maud Montgomery:
Wrapped was the world in slumber deep ... read more

A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore:
Twas the night before Christmas', when ... read more

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year! by Ellis Parker Butler:
Little cullud Rastus come a-skippin' down ... read more

The Poor Boy's Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler:
Observe, my child, this pretty scene ... read more

The Rich Boy's Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler:
And now behold this sulking boy, His costly ... read more

In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti:
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan ... read more

A Bell by Clinton Scollard:
Had I the power To cast a bell that should from ... read more

Marmion by Sir Walter Scott:
Heap on more wood! - the wind is chill; But let it whistle ... read more

It faded on the crowing of the cock by William Shakespeare:
It faded on the crowing of the cock. Some say that ever ... read more

New Prince, New Pomp by Robert Southwell:
Behold a silly tender Babe, in freezing winter night; In homely ... read more

The Burning Babe by Robert Southwell:
As I in hoary winter's night stood shivering in the snow ... read more

Christmas at Sea by Robert Louis Stevenson:
The sheets were frozen hard, and they cut the naked hand ... read more

A Christmas Carol Samuel Taylor Coleridge:
The shepherds went their hasty way, And found ... read more

Christmas Carol by Sara Teasdale:
The kings they came from out the south, All dressed in ermine ... read more

Ring out, wild bells by Alfred, Lord Tennyson:
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light ... read more

The Mahogany Tree by William Makepeace Thackeray:
Christmas is here; Winds whistle shrill, Icy and chill ... read more

Christmas Carol by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
When Christ was born in Bethlehem ... read more

Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
'I heard the bells on Christmas Day ... read more

The Three Kings by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
Three Kings came riding from far away ... read more

Christmas Fancies by Ella Wheeler Wilcox:
When Christmas bells are swinging above the ... read more

A Christmas Carol by George Wither:
So now is come our joyful feast, Let every man be jolly ... read more

Minstrels by William Wordsworth:
The minstrels played their Christmas tune To-night beneath my ... read more

 

Classic Children's Poetry

Kriss Kringle by Thomas Bailey Aldrich:
Just as the moon was fading Amid her misty rings And every ... read more

Grandfather Knows by Evaleen Stein:
Grandfather says of all things The silliest he's heard Is that ... read more

Sleigh Bells by Evaleen Stein:
Tinkle, tinkle, tinkle! Happy winter-time! Baby's eyes a-twinkle ... read more

 

Christmas Short Stories

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 ... read more

The Snow Man by Hans Christian Andersen:
It is so delightfully cold," said the Snow Man, "that it makes my whole body crackle ... read more

 

Letter

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus:
"Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?" ... read more

 

New Year Poetry

A Song for New Year's Eve by William Cullen Bryant:
Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay- Stay till the good ... read more

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns:
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought ... read more

New Year Snow by Edith Nesbit:
The white snow falls on hill and dale, The snow falls white ... read more

 

Short Christmas Quotes:
A collection of short Christmas Quotes