25 Days of Christmas: Day 15 ~ Christmas Poems

From William Shakespeare to Robert Frost, some of the most notable poets in history have written about Christmas.

The Holly and the Ivy

(In English lore, holly and ivy were often personified as male and female, which made them popular topics for carols. In the words to this carol, however – which reads wonderfully as a poem – the holly represents the Virgin Mary, while the berry stands for the infant Jesus.)

The holly and the ivy,
when they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

The rising of the sun,
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom,
As white as the lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To be our sweet Savior.

The holly bears a berry,
As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To do poor sinners good.

The holly bears a prickle,
As sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
On Christmas day in the morn.

The holly bears a bark,
As bitter as any gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
For to redeem us all.

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

(The author of this poem is, unfortunately, unknown. Simple and beautiful, “Merry Christmas, Everyone!” provides a memorable picture of childhood innocence and anticipation at Christmas time.)

In the rust of the merry morning,
When the red burns through the gray,
And the wintry world lies waiting,
For the glory of the day,
Then we hear a fitful rushing,
Just without upon the stair,
See two white phantoms coming,
Catch the gleam of the sunny hair.

Rosy feet upon the threshold,
Eager faces peeping through,
With the first red ray of sunshine,
Changing cherubs come in view;
Mistletoe and gleaming holly,
Symbols of a blessed day,
In their chubby hands they carry,
Streaming all along the way.

Well we know them, never weary,
Of their innocent surprise;
Waiting, watching, listening always,
With full hearts and tender eyes,
While our little household angels,
White and golden in the Sun,
Greet us with the sweet old welcome
– “Merry Christmas, everyone!”

Christmas Lights

Bright Christmas stars shine on high, Golden stars in the wint’ry sky; Christmas candles in windows brought, Send a greeting into the night; While in our hearts the Christmas flame, Glows with a love like His who came, The infant Christ of lowly birth, To bring good will and peace to earth. (Marie Irish)

Merry Christmas

I like Christmas day, with its wreaths of holly, I like Santa Claus, with his smile so jolly; I like the Christmas tree, Shining straight and tall, And my pretty presents, I surely like them all. I like the smiles and cheer, An how I like to hear, The happy people say “Merry Christmas” in such a pleasant way. (Marie Irish)

(Jeffrey, Yvonne; The Everything Family Christmas Book)


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