Poem Sampler

Christmas Poems

Classic and contemporary poems for the holiday season.

by Becca Klaver
Christmas Poems
Photo by DC Zwick.


Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” by Major Henry Livingston, Jr.

Christmas, 1970” by Sandra M. Castillo

The Christmas Letter” by John N. Morris

Conches on Christmas” by Mike Chasar

[little tree]” by E.E. Cummings

Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing” by Toi Derricotte

Chicago and December” by W.S. Di Piero

Christmas Tree Lots” by Chris Green

Christmas Night” by Conrad Hilberry

Where Are The Stars Pristine” by Alice Fulton

Messiah (Christmas Portions)” by Mark Doty

The Golden Hinde” by Devin Johnston

On Christmas” by Marion Strobel

This is the Latest” by Ange Mlinko

Advent” by Mary Jo Salter

"Christmas Prelude" by Lisa Jarnot

"The Oxen" by Thomas Hardy

"Before Christmas" by Landis Everson

"Advent" by Rae Armantrout

A Week Before Christmas” by Ioanna Carlsen

"To Mrs K____, On Her Sending Me an English Christmas Plum-Cake at Paris" by Helen Maria Williams


Download poems to hang on the fridge, wall, or tree.

Picture of a Nativity” by Geoffrey Hill [PDF]

Sonnet in the Shape of a Potted Christmas Tree” by George Starbuck [PDF]



Christmas Eve in Whitneyville” by Donald Hall

Christmas Memories” by Ed Skoog and Wyatt Prunty

Originally Published: December 15, 2010


On December 15, 2010 at 1:29pm Greg wrote:
Very nice selection! I particularly like DiPiero and Johnston.

On December 22, 2010 at 9:53am John Moore wrote:
This is a lovely selection. I found Green's Christmas Tree Lots and Salter's Advent to be especially touching. And Monroe's short essay For Christmas has certainly held up well!

On December 22, 2010 at 10:31am Mark Cotter wrote:
What an excellent collection of poems etc..

The di Piero, Mlinko and Slater in particular
are wonderful and the HIll as a download
for the noticeboard is excellent.

It's at moments like this I realise why I
love the Poetry Foundation. (It's a pity we
don't have anything so excellent in the UK.)


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Becca Klaver is the author of the poetry collection LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010) and the chapbook Inside a Red Corvette: A 90s Mix Tape (greying ghost press, 2009). A founding editor of the feminist poetry press Switchback Books, she holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago and is currently a PhD student in Literatures in English at Rutgers University. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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