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Kids’ poems are often imaginative and cute, and holiday poems for children can bring joy to the heart. Share with your children, or have your children share some wonderful holiday-themed poems with others as a way of spreading festive cheer, no matter what the occasion!
10 Interesting Holiday Poems for Children
1. Chanukah Dreams
Written by Judith Ish-Kishor, this is a wonderful Hanukkah poem as the lighting of the candles is seen by a child.
Chanukah I think most dear
Of the feasts of all the year.
I could sit and watch all night
Every twinkling baby light.
Father lights the first one—green;
Hope it always seems to mean;
Hope and Strength to glow anew
In the heart of every Jew.
Jacob lights the blue for Truth.
Pink for Love is lit by Ruth.
Then the white one falls to me,
White that shines for Purity.
How the story of those days
Fills my wondering heart with praise!
And in every flame one sees
The heroic Maccabees.
2. Special Holidays
This poem is written by Joanna Fuchs and is great to use as a holiday greeting card for any special holiday.
We’re thinking of you this time of year,
Wishing you happiness, joy, and cheer.
May all your days be warm and bright,
And your nights enhanced by holiday light.
Enjoy your delectable holiday foods,
As parties and gifts create holiday moods.
Favorite people play a meaningful part,
While treasured rituals warm your heart.
You are special to us in many ways,
So we wish you Happy Holidays!
3. A Holiday
This poem by Marinela Reka is one of the sweetest summer holiday poems for kids.
A time for the mind to relax
And your worries to fade away
A place that soothes the eyes
Where you wouldn’t be every day
A sound that whispers in your ear
Demanding nothing but joy
Space where you can be yourself
And there is no need to be coy
Your mind and body are at peace
All your stresses seem to fade away
There’s never anything quite like
Being on a holiday
4. The Witch
Written by Percy H. Ilott, this Halloween holiday poem is sure to get your kids’ imaginations working.
I saw her plucking cowslips,
And marked her where she stood;
She never knew I watched her,
While hiding in the wood.
Her skirt was brightest crimson,
And black her steeple hat,
Her broomstick lay beside her—
I’m positive of that.
Her chin was sharp and pointed,
Her eyes were—I don’t know—
For, when she turned towards me—
I thought it best—to go!
5. The Turkey Gives Thanks
This poem is written by Denise Rodgers and is one of the funny holiday poems for kids that will make Thanksgiving more memorable for the children.
Thanksgiving is my favorite feast.
The table’s set, the napkins creased.
We always have a great big crowd,
With uncles, aunts and children loud.
The grown-ups shoo us to our chairs,
With pushing hands and parent stares.
We wait to eat — but this part’s quirky.
Our main dish is never, ever turkey!
Our grandpa will not eat this bird.
On this he gave his solemn word.
Years ago when he was young,
He vowed it not to pass his tongue.
As a boy, he lived beside,
The rolling Polish countryside.
The turkeys (this is so unkind)
Would chase and bite his small behind.
So even though it’s quite the norm,
He shuns the bird in every form.
I understand how grandpa feels
And how it’s changed his life-long meals.
But me, I’d rather take attack.
Once a year, I’d bite them back!
6. A New Year’s Wish
This poem from Rainy Day Poems is a beautiful New Year’s wish for the children. It is also one of the winter holiday poems for kids that you should consider sharing this New Year.
Into the new year we ride,
With ideas to renew,
All the things left behind,
That’re good for us two.
And so as you ponder this date,
And you plan out your year,
I say shoot for the stars,
And have no thought of fear.
Let’s remember that kindness,
And patience are good.
But don’t forget to play hard,
And win like you should.
So as the year says goodbye,
Let’s say hello to the new.
And may our paths cross in kindness,
In whatever we do.
7. Christmas Snow
Written by Denise Rodgers, Christmas Snow is one of the most enjoyable winter holiday poems for preschoolers that your children will love.
There’s one thing you have to know;
At Christmas time, it has to snow.
The ground must fill with fluffy white,
To soften up the cold, dark night.
It helps out Santa, that white snow,
Reflecting off the moonlight glow.
It makes us feel so snug instead,
When we’re inside our soft warm bed.
Although this image is so true
And makes much sense to me and you,
We have to pause and say, “Ahem –
There’s rarely snow in Bethlehem.”
If this thought sets you aback,
Don’t let it take you off your track.
For when you spy a shining star,
It’s Christmas time right where you are.
8. A Christmas Carol
This beautiful poem was written by Christina Rossetti and is the perfect pick from the Winter Holiday Poems for Kindergarten children.
In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and Earth shall flee away
When he comes to reign:
In the mid-bleak winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty
Enough for Him, whom cherubim
Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk
And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels
Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
Angels and archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and Seraphim
Thronged the air,
But only His mother
In her maiden bliss
Worshipped her Beloved
With a kiss.
What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part,—
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.
9. Happy Birthday USA
This Fourth of July holiday poem is written by Denise Rodgers and will bring to mind all the wonderful traditions and festivities.
Happy Birthday, USA!
You work so hard;
it’s time to play.
Everyone knows what to do.
They light up backyard barbeques.
They serve up hot dogs on a bun,
play horse shoes, ring toss
Lots of fun.
There’s concerts, parties
And best of all, make no mistake,
is red-white-blue vanilla cake.
Fireworks end a perfect day.
Happy Birthday, USA!
Easter is a beautiful poem written by Laura E. Richards and tells of the meaning of Easter.
Give flowers to all the children,
This blessed Easter Day-
Fair crocuses and snowdrops,
And tulips brave and gay;
Bright nodding daffodillies,
And purple iris tall,
And sprays of silver lilies,
The loveliest of all.
And tell them, tell the children,
How in the dark cold earth,
The flowers have been waiting
Till spring could give them birth.
All winter long they waited,
Till the south wind’s soft breath
Bade them rise up in beauty,
And bid farewell to death.
Then tell the little children
How Christ our Savior, too,
The flower of all eternity,
Once death and darkness knew.
How, like these blossoms, silent
Within the tomb he lay;
Then rose in light and glory,
To live in heaven always.
So take the flowers, children,
And be ye pure as they;
And sing of Christ our Savior,
This blessed Easter day.
Remember that kids have a vivid imagination, so the more a poem stimulates their imaginations, the more they will love it! So, pick some that you find the most creative and share them with your little ones during the holidays.