15 Christmas Songs and Poems for Kids

15 Christmas Songs and Poems for Kids

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With Christmas just around the corner, there’s hardly a family that isn’t busy with the preparations. As you unpack the decorations and figure out which tree to buy, the kids are bound to be running around in excitement. With all this going on, there’s nothing like a few Christmas songs and poems for kids to set the mood right. In this article, we have listed a few Christmas songs and poems that are loved and sung the most and are perfect for your little ones to sing and spread the Christmas cheer.





Popular Christmas Carol Songs List for Kids

We’ve compiled some Christmas songs for kids to help your kids find their Christmas spirit.

1. All I Want for Christmas Is My Front Two Teeth

This popular Christmas song by Donald Yetter revolves around how the singers want their front teeth back so that they can wish people on Christmas without a lisp. It is perfect for children from 5-7 years because they would have some teeth missing themselves! A group of kids lisping this Christmas song is guaranteed to raise their cuteness levels off the roof!




Song Lyrics

Everybody pauses and stares at me
These two teeth are gone as you can see
I don’t know just who to blame for this catastrophe!
But my one wish on Christmas Eve is as plain as it can be!





All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth,
My two front teeth,
See my two front teeth!
Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth,
Then I could wish you
“Merry Christmas.”

It seems so long since I could say,
“Sister Susie sitting on a thistle!”
Gosh oh gee, how happy I’d be,
if I could only whistle (thhhh, thhhh)




All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth,
My two front teeth,
See my two front teeth.
Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth,
Then I could wish you
“Merry Christmas!”

2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Written by Johnny Marks, this Xmas song talks about Rudolph, the reindeer. While the story starts with a downer about Rudolph being ostracised by the rest, things change when Santa asks him for his help. The song, though simple, is powerful through its metaphorical value about how children treat their peers. The song is good for pre-pubescent kids who are conscious of being different.





Song Lyrics

You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen,
Comet, and Cupid, and Donder and Blitzen,
But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?




Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Play in any reindeer games.





Then one foggy Christmas eve
Santa came to say:
“Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
Then all the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
You’ll go down in history!

Christmas Carol Songs for Kids - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

3. Jingle Bells

James Lord Pierpont composed this masterpiece which is inseparably associated with Christmas. Its cheerful melody brings out the Christmas spirit in anyone who hears it and is one of the top Christmas songs for preschoolers.




Song Lyrics

Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bobtail ring’
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight!





Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way;
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh

4. Joy to the World

Written by the celebrated theologian Isaac Watts, the Christmas carol coaxes nature and men to rejoice in the love they are about to receive on Christmas.




Song Lyrics

Joy to The world! the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev’ry heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing


Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat. repeat, the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove, The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonder, wonders, of His love

5. Little Drummer Boy

Katherine Kennicott Davis’s famous Xmas carol for kids talks about a little boy who finds himself in the company of the kings who are about to meet Baby Jesus. But, he feels that he doesn’t have a suitable gift and sings his thoughts to others. This beautiful Christmas song can be sung by kids of all ages but holds special relevance for kids from orphanages.

Song Lyrics


Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A newborn King to see
Pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the kIng
Pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum
So to honor Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come
Baby Jejus
Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too
Pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give our King
Pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum
Shall I play for you
Pa rum pum pum pum
On my drum
Mary nodded
Pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum
Then He smiled at me
Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum

Little Drummer Boy - Christmas Carol Songs for Kids

6. Silent Night

Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr composed this elegant Christmas carol that reminds us why Christmas is celebrated. The carol can be reproduced effortlessly by children with a rudimentary understanding of playing the guitar. Older, and musically inclined kids can also play with the harmonies to accentuate the song.

Song Lyrics

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.


Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Saviour is born!
Christ the Saviour is born.

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth.

7. I Saw Three Ships

This simple song by William Sandy encapsulates the happiness of the approaching Christmas morning. If you’re looking for a Christmas carol that’s long but easy for the kids to remember, this is the song you’re looking for because of its repetitive wording.

Song Lyrics


I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Pray, wither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Pray, wither sailed those ships all three,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
Then let us all rejoice again,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Short Christmas Poems for Children

Poems are the lesser-known cousins of Christmas carols which are just as fun and simpler for children to recite. Here are a few of them:

1. My Christmas Wish

This Christmas poem helps bring about the ideals of gratitude and compassion in a child. The poem is about a child who considers himself/herself blessed and wishes the same for children all around the world. It touches upon matters that every kid holds dear to their heart such as toys, happiness, freedom, friendship, health and love.

I wish that this Christmas, that kids like me,
Get lots of toys, under their tree.
I wish this Christmas, that kids like me,
Plenty of happiness will feel and see.
I wish this Christmas, that kids like me,
Are never lonely, and are always free.
I wish this Christmas, that kids like me,
Have lots of friends, on both land and sea.
I wish this Christmas, that kids like me,
Are very healthy, from A to Z.
But if only one, wish comes true,
I hope love in their hearts, sticks just like glue.

Short Christmas Poems for Children - My Christmas Wish

2. Wiseman

This delightful Xmas poem is sung to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle”, making it easy for kids to get the flow right. It substitutes the words perfectly to describe the journey of the three kings on their way to greet Baby Jesus.

Once there was a star so bright,
Wiseman followed it at night,
All the way across the sands,
Bringing presents in their hands,
Baby Jesus was the boy,
Who they came to see with joy.

3. I’m a Little Reindeer

Drawing inspiration from the success of “Rudolph the Reindeer”, this little poem is narrated by Rudolph himself. Due to its simplicity, it’s one of the ideal Xmas poems for preschoolers.

I’m a little reindeer, ready to fly.
I’ll pull Santa’s sleigh, up in the sky.
Christmas is here, we can’t be late.
All the children, just cannot wait!

4. The Funniest Face

One of the short poems for children, it is written by Anon. It talks about how the narrator of the poem confuses himself/herself for Santa.

The funniest face looked out at me, 
From a silver ball on the Christmas Tree! 

At first, I thought it was Santa’s elf, 
But I looked again and it was just myself!

5. Snowball

Written by Shel Silverstein, it’s a hilarious take on children who are obsessed with snow. But, even if it doesn’t snow, the poem has a great winter vibe that cannot be denied by kids.

I made myself a snowball,
As perfect as could be,
I thought I’d keep it as a pet,
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pyjamas,
And a pillow for its head,
Then last night it ran away,
But first – it wet the bed!

6. A Christmas Tree

Written by an anonymous writer, you can teach this poem to your kids while you are all busy decorating the Christmas tree.

A Christmas Tree One little star on the top of the tree,
Two little presents underneath for me,
Three silver ropes twisted around the tree,
Four coloured lights shining prettily,
Five shining balls flowing silvery.
Oh, what a sight for us to see!

7. Christmas Gift

Written by Maureen, it teaches kids that Christmas gifts needn’t always be toys and a good character is the best gift of them all.

The gifts I’d leave beneath your tree,
Aren’t those that you can touch or see,
Not wrapped in Christmas tissue gay,
But gifts to bless you every day.

The gift of friendship warm and true,
Is one that I would leave for you,
Good health and happiness and cheer,
To keep you smiling through the year.

The gift of peace that comes from God,
With prayer to guide each path you trod,
And when your heart has lost its song,
The gift of hope to cheer you on,
These are the gifts I’d leave for you.

Short Christmas Poems for Children - Christmas Gift

8. Reason for the Season

Written by an anonymous author, it’s a nice little piece that the kids can sing when the extended family comes over to celebrate Christmas.

When eggnog’s generously filling,
Each and every Christmas mug,
And siblings tour miles and miles,
To greet you with a hug.

There’s scarce else I’ll be wishing,
Then this simple little prayer,
Of peace and calm and blessings much,
On Christmas Day this year.

Christmas is a joyous time to celebrate the birth of Jesus with your family. As your kids sing these Christmas songs and recite the poems, their little voices will echo across your home, and set the mood right for Christmas!

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