Famous Holiday Poems

Popular Poems for the Holidays

Holidays are many things to many people. For some, the primary function of a holiday is its religious significance. It is a time when specific spiritual opportunities are available to experience. For others holidays are primarily about family getting together. Most people do not work and so there is an opportunity to renew family bonds. Relatives that you haven't seen in awhile join together with you to celebrate the family that you belong too. People that do not have large families or may not want to join together with them may celebrate with friends.

Classic Holiday Poems by Famous Poets


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  1. Christmas Bells

    Christmas Bells By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    I heard the bells on Christmas Day
    Their old, familiar carols play,
    And wild and sweet
    The words repeat

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  3. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

    'Twas The Night Before Christmas By Clement Clarke Moore

    'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
    Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
    In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

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    This is a beautiful famous story that sooo many children have heard probably every year. I know us five kids heard it over and over, and I read it to my three children. They still have the...

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  4. Chanukah Lights

    Hanukkah Poem

    I KINDLED my eight little candles,
    My Chanukah-candles--and lo!
    Fair visions and dreams half-forgotten
    To me came of years long ago.

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  6. The Eternal Riddle

    The Eternal Riddle By Philip Max Raskin

    Israel, my people,
    God's greatest riddle,
    Will thy solution
    Ever be told

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  7. A Nation's Strength

    A Nation's Strength

    What makes a nation's pillars high
    And its foundations strong?
    What makes it mighty to defy
    The foes that round it throng?...

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  8. Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    We walk on starry fields of white
    And do not see the daisies;
    For blessings common in our sight
    We rarely offer praises.

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  10. New-year's Eve and New-year's Day

    New-Year's Eve and New-Year's Day By Bessie Rayner Parkes

    Good bye, Old Year!
    And with thee take
    Thanks for the gifts to every land
    Thou broughtest in thy bounteous hand,...

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  11. Holidays

    Holidays By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    The holiest of all holidays are those
    Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
    The secret anniversaries of the heart,
    When the full river of feeling overflows;--...

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  12. Before the Ice

    Before the Ice By Emily Dickinson

    "Before the ice is in the pools,
    Before the skaters go,
    Or any cheek at nightfall
    Is tarnished by the snow, ...

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  13. The Holy Night

    The Holy Night By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    We sate among the stalls at Bethlehem;
    The dumb kine from their fodder turning them,
    Softened their horned faces
    To almost human gazes

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