Famous Holiday Poem

Filling stockings at Christmastime is one of the traditions of Santa Claus. In this cute holiday poem, he also leaves a sweet surprise for the birds, a surprise to be enjoyed by everyone on Christmas morning. Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907) wrote short stories, novels, and poems. He liked to use unexpected endings in his short stories.

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Kriss Kringle

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Just as the moon was fading
Amid her misty rings,
And every stocking was stuffed
With childhood’s precious things,

Old Kriss Kringle looked around,
And saw on the elm-tree bough,
High hung, an oriole’s nest,
Lonely and empty now.

“Quite a stocking,” he laughed,
“Hung up there on a tree!
I didn’t suppose the birds
Expected a present from me!”

Then old Kriss Kringle, who loves
A joke as well as the best,
Dropped a handful of snowflakes
Into the oriole’s empty nest.

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