Some rhyming Christmas poems are "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clark Moore, "The Three Kings" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and "Christmas in India" by Rudyard Kipling. Often, Christmas poems are made into traditional Christmas carols and are used to celebrate the season.Continue Reading
Perhaps one of the most well-known and favorite Christmas poem is "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Other names for this piece of work are "A Visit from St. Nicholas" and "The Night Before Christmas." Published in 1823, Clement Moore is given credit for writing the poem but some attribute it to Henry Livingston, Jr. This poem introduced the traditional idea and appearance of Santa Claus to the general public, primarily from this stanza:
"He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow took on the task of describing the travels and visit of the three kings at the birth of Jesus in his poem "The Three Kings." He tells of how the kings were guided by a star as they searched for the King of the Jews, arrived at the court of King Herod, and eventually found their way to the manger with Jesus, Joseph and Mary.
In "Christmas in India," Rudyard Kipling tells of a traditional Indian Christmas. Kipling was born in India, so it is only natural that his writings often take on the flavor of that country. He describes the look of the countryside as the day moves from morning to night.Learn more about Christmas