Xmas Poems

The Xmas Poems that have been selected are very traditional and are dated as far back as the 14th century. Many of the Xmas Carols detailed on the appropriate section on this site were originally written as Xmas Poems but became Xmas Carols when music was added to them! The Xmas Poems that have been included never actually had music added to them so are therefore not very well known but nonetheless deserve a section of their own.

The most famous of the Xmas Poems listed is "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore and this famous poem is traditionally read to children on Xmas Eve.

Christmas Songs

 

The earliest poet included is John Donne who was born in 1572 and is represented by one of his Xmas poems called the "Nativity". The most famous poet listed is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and two of his finest Xmas poems have therefore been included. The titles of these Xmas poems are topically called "Christmas Bells" and "The Three Kings". We have two authors better known perhaps for the their larger literary works - G. K. Chesterton who is one of the several famous authors who have increased the number of Xmas poems entitled "A Christmas Carol". The other literary genius is Hans Christian Anderson whose short story "The Little Match Seller" is included as it is very short and would be almost criminal not to include on any site focussing on Xmas poems and its associated literature.

"Twas the Night before Christmas" a poem by Clement Clarke Moore
"A Christmas Carol" a poem by G.K.Chesterton
"A Christmas Carol" a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Christmas Bells" a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Marmion" a Christmas poem by Sir Walter Scott
"Nativity" a Christmas Poem by John Donne
"The Three Kings" a Christmas poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"The Little Match Seller" a Christmas Story by Hans Christian Anderson

Auld Lang Syne a poem for New Year  / Hogmanay by Robert Burns

Christmas Quiz

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