Free Christmas Poems

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Free Christmas Poems

Here’s a selection of some of my favourite free Christmas poems. By free, I mean copyright free, so you can reproduce and distribute these poems as you wish. Use them in newsletters, cards, on your website…

Most of these poems are nice and short, so they’re perfect if you’re writing Xmas messages and looking for Christmas poems for friends’ cards.

The collection on this page are not overly religious, so they’re okay for both the devout and the less devout.

free christmas poems

You might also want to check out my separate page on

Christmas religious poems

if that’s the sort of thing you’re after.

Christmas Inspirational Poems

The Joy of Giving


John Greenleaf Whittier

Somehow, not only for Christmas,

But all the long year through,

The joy that you give to others

Is the joy that comes back to you;

And the more you spend in blessing

The poor and lonely and sad,

The more of your heart’s possessing

Returns to make you glad.

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Every time a hand reaches out

To help another….that is Christmas

Every time someone puts anger aside

And strives for understanding

That is Christmas

Every time people forget their differences

And realize their love for each other

That is Christmas

May this Christmas bring us

Closer to the spirit of human understanding

Closer to the blessing of peace!

More Short Free Christmas Poems

Merry Christmas



Merry Christmas to friends!

Merry Christmas to foes!

The world’s bright with joy, so

Forget all your woes.

The earth’s full of beauty, of

Love and good cheer.

Merry Christmas to all and a

Happy New Year!

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Sir Walter Scott

Heap on more wood! – the wind is chill;

But let it whistle as it will,

We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.

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Christmas at Melrose


Leslie Pinckney Hill

We’ll light a log of generous girth

For winter comfort, and the mirth

Of healthy children you shall see

About a sparkling Christmas tree.

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Christmas Bells


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

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A Christmas Carol


George Wither

So now is come our joyful feast,

Let every man be jolly;

Each room with ivy leaves is dressed,

And every post with holly.

Though some churls at our mirth repine,

Round your foreheads garlands twine,

Drown sorrow in a cup of wine,

And let us all be merry.

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At Christmas Time


Traditional English Poem

At Christmas time, we deck the hall

With holly branches brave and tall,

With sturdy pine and hemlock bright

And in the Yule log’s dancing light

We tell old tales of field and fight

At Christmas time.

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At Christmas time we pile the board

With flesh and fruit and vintage stored,

And mid the laughter and the glow

We tread a measure soft and slow,

And kiss beneath the mistletoe

At Christmas time.

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Sing Hey!


Traditional English Poem

Sing hey! Sing Hey!

For Christmas Day;

Twine mistletoe and holly,

For friendship flows

In winter snows,

And so let’s all be jolly.

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