Ho! Ho! Ho! for Christmas Po(etry)

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by LaurenJoan


In all the hustle and bustle of the holidays - it's nice to catch a few sweet moments to remember the simple riches we hold dear. . .

What better way to rediscover these moments than through poetry - and to share them with our children?  

Team up poetry with vintage Christmas images - and JOY is within your grasp!


Christmas Carol
by William Robert Spencer (1770-1834)
vintage christmas image

Be merry all, be merry all,

With holly dress the festive hall,

Prepare the song, the feast, the ball,

To welcome merry Christmas.


----The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry 


Christmas in the Heart
(by Unknown)
christmas in the heart

It is Christmas in the Mansion.
    Yule-log fires and silken frocks;
It is Christmas in the cottage,
    Mother's filling little socks.

It is Christmas on the highway
    In the thronging, busy mart;
But the dearest, truest Christmas
    Is the Christmas in the heart.

----The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry 


by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
xmas tree and kids

I am mittens
  soft and red,
I am sweetest
I am strings 
of twinkling lights.
I am silver silent nights.
I am tinsel.
I am plums.
I am jingle bells
tin drums.
I am Santa's
     midnight sleigh.
     I will be
     Christmas Day.

Christmas Presents
Christmas Presents


Santas, Santas Everywhere
by Jenny Whitehead


Santas, Santas everywhere,
but how can that be so?
They stand on every corner
From Vermont to Idaho.
Could Santa have a dozen cousins
with the last name Claus?
Do tall elves work a second shift
to help a worthy cause?

He must be pretty picky picking
out his substitutes.
They all look nice and jolly
in the big red Santa suits.
Well, maybe it's okay to see
these Santas everywhere.
They all must have some Santa Claus
inside of them to share.


Holiday Stew
Holiday Stew


by Jean Kenward

reindeer and santa


Far, far away
the reindeer live
in the land of ice
and snow. . .

When it's nearly
I wonder if they know?

Nuzzling around
for a nibble of moss
in the freezing, arctic
day ---

Do they guess
there's a sledge to pull
miles and miles

Under a wide
star-sprinkled sky
that's shining

Father Christmas
is loading up. . .
ready for
Christmas night!


Good Night, Sleep Tight

Good Night, Sleep Tight


I Heard a Bird Sing
by Oliver Herford
 christmas bird

I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.

"We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,"
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.

winter star and trees




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