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Poems on Christmas for Kids

Updated on November 20, 2017
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Christmas Poems for Kids

Children just love Christmas poems that rhyme and if you read the poems to them often enough, they will know the words by heart in no time. Wouldn't it be funny if your kid could recite a little rhyming poem at Christmas Eve?

My Dad, who was an artist, used to make little books for me and my sisters when we were young. Main thing were his illustrations accompanied by four line rhymes. The story I included in this article is about a collision between (the more European known) Saint Nicolas and (the more world wide known) Santa Claus on a very dark night in December.

Christmas is such a good time to start learning kids about poetry, because there are many books with poems that rhyme for kids available.

On Christmas Eve - Titia Geertman

On Christmas Eve we gather around,
the sparkling tree, dressed up in light.
Awaiting Santa who comes from far,
with lovely gifts on reindeer's flight.

We sing the songs of Jesus' Birth,
so far away from where we live.
A star showed us the truthful path
and peace the gift we ought to give.

On Christmas Eve we gather around
with family, friends and Him above.
It shouldn't be two days each year,
that only then we show our love.

Christmas | Source

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It Happened on a Night, a Very Dark Night...

My father was an Artist (he passed away in 1984) and he liked to write little poems for me and my two sisters when we were kids. He illustrated these little poems with adorable drawings and made them into booklets. I still have them. As they were originally written in Dutch, I translated the poems into English, but I might have twisted the English grammar a little here and there, in order to get it all in a four line stanza. So please forgive me if I did.

A Funny Christmas Story in Rhyme


Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.

— Walter Scott

Children love to recite poems

I think it's very important to bring poetry to our young kids, starting with short little rhymes about the things they encounter on a daily base. Some people disagree, but I think they're wrong. Today the internet is full of little children reciting poems of all kind. When they get to the age that they can read, they love to search for words that sound the same. It's a good learning process.

Don't just make poetry available,

make it unavoidable.

— Bernice Cullinan | Source

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Finding Poetic Treasures like a Poet Called Nicholas Gorden

Sometimes when searching the internet you stumble upon a real treasure and I stumbled upon one the other day: Nicholas Gordon, whose website you can find at

I've asked him if I could use some of his poems for this article and I got full permission to do so.

Candles Are a Gift of Light - Nicholas Gordon

Candles are a gift of light,
tiny sun, a bit of star.
o other dancer in the night
ances with such sheer delight,
ittle souls serene and bright,
ach a glimpse of what we are
hining innocent and pure.

Christmas | Source

Wat Does Santa Bring for Daddies? - Nicholas Gordon

What does Santa bring for daddies,
Too old to want a toy?
Wallets, watches, ties, and sweaters
Don't make for much joy.

What do daddies want for Christmas,
Really, in their hearts?
So perfect that they'd shriek like kids
Once the shredding starts?

Oh, Daddy! Is there anything
You want beneath the tree?
Other than, of course, to watch
Me open gifts for me?

Writing Poems with Kids Can Be Fun

Writing poems with the kids can be so much fun. First you can teach them what rhyming words are and how to find them and from there go step by step to whole sentences.

There are books that will help you with this process for the primary school children and a good book for you could be the book Writing Poetry with Children.


I haven't read this book myself because I'm Dutch and I used a similar Dutch book at the time my kids were in primary school. However I've read the customer's reviews on this book and most of them do like it a lot.

Some quotes from the reviews:

"This is a great tool for teaching children how to write poetry. Good explanations of the types of poetry and fun pages on which to write poetry. The kids keep asking, "When do we get to write more poetry?"


My family is having lots of fun learning the forms in this book. Easy to understand and any child who can read and write can do it. This book helped me interest my children in writing, and sometimes I find them doing it on their own now!


One customer recommended making a few copies of the templates, because as she said: "I wish I had reproduced the pages before we used them, as you could write different types of poems on each of the templates". There were lots more positive reactions so I'm confident enough to recommend this book to you. It would be a nice Christmas present too I think.

Angel Horses Flap Their Wings - Nicholas Gordon

Angel horses flap their wings
High above the winter night.
Far below an angel sings
Of peace and joy, of love and light.

Down, down, down the horses fly,
Down through stars, across the moon,
Down through clouds and cold, dark sky
To where the angel sings her tune.

And there the angel horses wait,
Listening to her song of love,
Far from home and Heaven's gate,
Far from sweet green fields above,

Listening to the angel's song,
So beautiful it makes them weep,
Hovering over us all night long
While we are fast asleep.


Merry Christmas To All

My muse is on vacation and hasn't come back in time.
So now I have to figure out, how to write a little rhyme.
It was too late for Christmas; I could not find the proper words.
Searching the sky for my muse, I only saw a lot of birds.

Today it is a New Year's day and I will try once more,
to tell all friends on the internet, what I haven't said before.
I love you all, no matter what, I wish the best for all of you.
Good health and lots of happiness, to mention just a simple few.

Funny isn't it that we have so many friends we've never seen,
other than that tiny picture, appearing on our computer screen.
Yet we know that we are bonded, somehow in spirit at the least,
scattered around our global earth, in North and West, South and East.

So here's my wish for all the people, whom I have closed into my heart:
Make the New Year work for you, be happy, be safe, be smart.

© 2011 Titia Geertman

You may even rhyme, if you have the time

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Fantastic! I loved your father's Christmas story in rhyme

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      I was just showing this page to my little niece and nephew (5 and 3 years old) and they were quite enchanted with your father's wonderful Santa drawings. Now they want to make up a poem for themselves and make their own little book. I'm getting out the crayons right now! :)

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      BlogsWriter 5 years ago

      I enjoyed the poetry, it is fun and cool.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Poetry for Kids is cool

      They should teach more of it at school

      However rhyming was never my strongest feature

      All it remains to say is...

      Happy New Year :)

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      I love reading to my children but I hadn't thought of writing them a poem.What a great idea! Thank you

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

      The Christmas Season is here

      And your lens has brought me some cheer

      Santa said you've been good this time

      How about that for a rhyme!

      Best Wishes for the New Year!!!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I hope that you are having a very merry Christmas holiday season. Ho Ho Ho.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      A lovely lens and deserves a little angel dust

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Your Dad's work is so cool -so awesome that you have those with you and your lens really is just beautiful. Gave me some lovely memories of my daughter and I when she was young. Thank you ;)


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Many thanks for your writing

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      @AstroGremlin: LOL yes, you're right, nothing rhymes with orange.

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      ThePerfectPresent 5 years ago

      I can see you got your talent from your father. Great work!

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      Read this lens and take a look,

      Then buy your child a poetry book,

      They say that nothing rhymes with orange,

      And they're right!

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Your father's artwork and poems are very touching. Thanks for sharing!

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      what a treasure to have! these Christmas poems made me smile and cry just a little bit too for the loss of your father. I'll bet each time you see them you can feel him near you.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Fun page, great tradition.

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      yayas 6 years ago

      So much talent in one family. I really enjoyed the poems an' the art. Very nice.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my Balloon Christmas page. It's nice to learn the different traditions.

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Enjoyed the drawings and poems! Very nice lens.

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      This is a beautiful and lovely lens! I enjoyed the poems!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      I enjoyed the poems you have shared.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautifully done. Thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      poetry opens the mind and brain, I think its a very good thing for kids to do like reading too. enjoyed my time on your lens this morning, thank you.

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      orandze lm 6 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens so much! Thank you!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Highly enjoyable: Angel Blessed

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      deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

      Thank you so much for sharing your father's arts, they're beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the arts and the poetry. Hope you and your family will have amazing Christmas.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      Lovely! Thanks for sharing the Christmas spirit :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      This is an absolutely heartwarming Christmas poetry article. My dad also wrote poems but his became songs that he played on his guitar for us and the other neighborhood kids. Best of wishes for a wonderful Christmas for you and yours.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      What a true delight. Thanks for sharing your father's talent for both words and art. Love it and Blessed. :)