Christmas Poems for Kids

Reading Christmas poetry together

Christmas is the most special time of year, a time filled with celebrations and traditions. Holiday poems can bring a smile to a child's face, so share a few and enjoy.

Christmas Holiday Poetry for Children

Christmas means many things to many people. These poems will entertain children and perhaps even give them some food for thought.

Writing a Letter to Santa

Boy writing Santa a letter

I'm writing a letter to Santa,
To tell him I've been oh-so-good.
I've been such a sweet little angel,
And done all the things I should.

Well, maybe not quite all the things I should,
Like doing my homework after school.
And there may have a time or two,
Where I broke the Golden Rule.

There's that time I smashed the window,
'Cause I was playing ball inside.
I knew my mom would be mad,
So I ran away to hide.

I also yanked my sister's pig tails.
I pulled them so hard she cried.
I got grounded a week for that stunt,
Although a couple times I snuck outside.

Okay, maybe I haven't been perfect,
But, Santa, I swear that I've tried.
I promise if you give me a break this year,
Next year I'll get on your good side.

The Present

There's a present under the Christmas tree,
And I'm excited to see it's addressed to me.
I imagine all the great things it might be,
But I have to wait until Christmas morning to see.

The Tempting Christmas Cookie

Christmas cookies

Oh tempting Christmas cookie,
I want to eat you so.
But I just asked Mom if I could have you,
And she firmly told me no.

There's still a whole hour until dinner,
But Mom says you'll spoil my appetite.
I really want to sneak and eat you,
But I know that wouldn't be right.

I can't get busted disobeying,
When it's so close to Christmas Eve,
So I'll put you back on the platter,
After I slide you back out of my sleeve.

Happy Birthday Jesus

Sweet Baby Jesus,
How I love you so.
Born in a barn on
That night long ago.

Laid in a manger,
Surrounded by cows and sheep,
Wisemen and angels gathered
Round to watch you sleep.

Joseph and Mary were
Amazed by your Grace,
As they sat close beside you,
And gazed upon your precious face.

They knew you were a gift
From Heaven up above.
God brought you into this world
To show us His never ending love.

Sweet Baby Jesus,
I know you love me too,
And I'm so glad I can celebrate
Your birthday with you.

Let's Decorate the Christmas Tree

Family trimming Christmas tree

Let's decorate the Christmas tree.
First we'll put on the lights,
That make the tree shine brightly
When we flip the switch each night.

Next we'll add the pretty bulbs
And spread them out just right,
So we can see each one and
Let it fill us with delight.

Next come the special decorations,
Like 1st Christmas ornaments and such.
It's these special touches on the tree
That truly mean so much.

Now it's time for some tinsel
To add a bit more sparkle.
Not too much, let's spread it out
So the tree will look more artful.

Here comes the finishing touch,
Putting the star on top of the tree.
Just the sight of it always fills
Each heart with so much glee.

So let's have a cup of cocoa,
And maybe a cookie or two,
And admire this lovely Christmas tree
That we'll enjoy all season through.

The Heart of Christmas

Christmas is a time
When families gather near,
To celebrate their blessings,
And all that they hold dear.

For family's at the heart
Of this sacred holiday.
And whatever you consider family,
That's the way that it will always stay.

Season of Peace

The tinkling of Christmas bells rings in the air.
Shoppers are filled with the spirit of giving.
The less fortunate receive more loving care.
Strangers smile at each other as they pass by.
Religious houses are filled with worshippers.
Carols and hymns are sung with great joy.
Families gather to give thanks and feast.
The season of peace gently blankets the land.
If only it could last the whole year through.

More Christmas Poems for Kids

The following books offer a wonderful variety of holiday poetry that covers the gamut from humorous to spiritual and everything in between.

  • Undoubtedly, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore is one of the best-loved Christmas poems of all time. This tale of a father's chance sighting of Santa making a stop at his house has thrilled children for generations, and reading it at bedtime on Christmas Eve has become a tradition for many families.
  • Christmas Poems for Kids by Jason Lewis contains five poems on topics like Christmas presents, Santa, snowmen, and more. The book is available in paperback and might make a nice stocking stuffer for any child who loves to read.
  • Christmas Poems by Jill Bennett is a colorful book with bright illustrations and entertaining poems that children will love. Sample poem topics include angels, reindeer and Santa, and information about how Christmas is celebrated around the world is also included.
  • Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou is an inspirational piece that brings people of different races and religions together to celebrate the peaceful message of the season. The book also comes with a CD of Maya Angelou reading the poem aloud.

Make Poetry Part of the Season

So many Christmas traditions abound that you might not think there's room for one more. However, there's still a moment or two to tuck in a bit of poetry reading for the kids and make the season a little brighter. Give it a try.

Christmas Poems for Kids