Tis the season to break out some classic Christmas poems to share with your holiday guests! Christmas poems are beloved traditions that span the centuries; while some take on the tone of more religious pieces, others are simply reflections on the season and the meaning of the holiday to the individual poet. No matter what they are about, sharing a Christmas poem or two around the fire with your family can be a great way to set a festive mood. Need a few suggestions for what to read? Take the Poetry Nation Christmas Poem Quiz and see if you can identify some of these famous ones!
1.) “Joy rose within her, like a summer’s morn;
Peace, Peace on Earth! The Prince of Peace is born.”
2.) “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!”
3.) “The bells upon the church were rung with a mighty jovial cheer;
For it’s just that I should tell you how (of all days in the year)
This day of our adversity was blessed Christmas morn,
And in the house above the coastguard’s was the house where I was born.”
4.) “He asked if I would sell my Christmas trees;
My woods- the young fir balsams like a place
Where houses all are churches and have spires.”
5.) “Sitting under the mistletoe
(Pale-green, fairy mistletoe),
One last candle burning low,
All the sleepy dancers gone,
Just one candle burning on.”
Titles and Poets
A.) “Christmas Trees” by Robert Frost
B.) “Mistletoe” by Walter de la Mare
C.) “A Christmas Carol”by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
D.) “Christmas at Sea” by Robert Louis Stevenson
E.) “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Answer Key: 1C, 2E, 3D, 4A, 5B