Christmas Poetry, Prose and Recordings

Some says, that ever 'gainst that Season comes;
Wherein our Saviours Birth is celebrated,
The Bird of Dawning singeth all night long:
And then (they say) no Spirit can walk abroud,
The nights are wholesome, then no Planets strike,
No Fairy takes, nor Witch hath power to Charme:
So hallow'd, and so gracious is the time.

From Hamlet, Act. i scene i.


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Christmas Poetry


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A Ballade Of Old Loves - Carolyn Wells (MP3 / OGG)

A Bedside Ditty - Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Bell - Clinton Scollard

A Carol - William Canton

A Carol for the Eve of St. Mary's Day - Thomas Evans (MP3 / OGG)

A Carol from Flanders - Frederick Niven (MP3 / OGG)

A Carol In The Pastures - Edward Bolton

A Child of the Snows - Chesterton (related to a mysterious song mentioned in Stave 3 of Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843; Illustrations by Arthur Rackham)

A Child's Song Of Christmas - Marjorie L. C. Pickthall (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Carol - Christian Burke (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Carol - Samuel T. Coleridge (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Carol - Aubrey De Vere (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Carol - From "The Pickwick Papers," Charles Dickens (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Carol - Longfellow (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Carol - James Russell Lowell (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Carroll - George Wither

A Christmas Carol For Children - Martin Luther (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Faggot - Alfred Gurney

A Christemasse Game - Thomas Wright

A Christmas Hymn - Anonymous (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Hymn - Alfred Dommett (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Hymn - Richard Watson Gilder (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Letter From Australia - Douglas Sladen (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Lullaby - John Addington Symonds (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas "Now" - George Wither

A Christmas Song - William Cox Bennett (MP3 / OGG)

A Christmas Song - Tudor Jenks (MP3 / OGG)

A Cradle Song - William Blake

A Cradle-Song Of The Virgin - Rev. H. R. Bramley

A Defective Santa Claus - James Whitcomb Riley

A Disputation Between Christ And The Human Form - Lawrence Housman (MP3 / OGG)

A Hint To The Fanatics - "Poor Robin's Almanac," 1711

A Hymn For The Epiphany - Richard Crashaw

A Hymn Of The Nativity - Richard Crashaw

A Lulling Song - Isaac Watts

A Merry Christmas - Frances Ridley Havergal (MP3 / OGG)

A Plea For A Present - Ben Jonson

A Rocking Hymn - George Wither

A Soldier's Silent Night - James M. Schmidt, alt.

A Song For A Christmas Tree - Louisa May Alcott

A Song of Joy at Dawn - Catherine Winkworth

A Spotless Rose - Catherine Winkworth

A Veteran's Christmas Wish - Robert A. Hall

An Invitation To The Revel - Anonymous

An Offertory - Mary Mapes Dodge (MP3 / OGG)

An Old English Christmas-tide - H. S. M.

An Old Man's Christmas Morning - John Hartley

And They Laid Him In A Manger - Edward Sherburne

The Angel's Song - William Drummond

Another Christmas - Rev. W. M. Bell

The Approach of Christmas - John Gay

As not Christ our Sauiour - Thomas Tusser

At Bethlehem - Sir Edwin Arnold

At Last - John Greenleaf Whittier

At The End Of The Feast - Anonymous

At The Sign Of The Christmas Tree - Pauline Frances Clamp




Ballade Of Christmas Ghosts - Andrew Lang

Ban And Blessing - Anonymous

The Beautiful Mother - Adapted from the Latin of Jacopone da Todi (MP3OGG)

Beautiful Snow - John Whitaker Watson

The Bells - Edgar Allan Poe

Bells Across The Snows - Frances Ridley Havergal

Beware Of Egg-Nog: An 1817 Warning!

The Blooming Of The White Thorn - Edith Matilda Thomas (MP3 / OGG)

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind - William Shakespeare

The Burning Babe - Robert Southwell

By The Cradle-Side - William Blake




Carol - Anonymous

Carol - William Canton

The Child Jesus In The Garden - Anonymous (MP3 / OGG)

Christ's Nativity - Henry Vaughan

Christmas - Rose Terry Cooke

Christmas - C. C. Cox

Christmas - Phoebe Cary

Christmas - George Herbert

Christmas - J. E. Pauley

Christmas Alms - Anonymous

Christmas at Melrose - Leslie Pinckney Hill (MP3 / OGG)

Christmas At Sea - Robert Louis Stevenson

Christmas At The Round Table - John Hookham Frere

Christmas Bells - Anonymous

Christmas Bells - Longfellow (MP3 / OGG)

Christmas Carol - James S. Park

Christmas Carol - From The Neopolitan (MP3 / OGG)

Christmas Carol by Edwin Waugh

Christmas Comes But Once A Year - Thomas Miller

The Christmas Child - Isa Craig

Christmas Day - Samuel Rickards

Christmas Day (For Dolly) - John Byrom

Christmas Eve - Mathilde Blind

Christmas Eve - Robert Browning

The Christmas Gift - Robert A. Hall

The Christmas Holly - Eliza Cook

Christmas Husbandly Fare - Thomas Tusser

Christmas In 1875 - William Cullen Bryant

Christmas In The Olden Time - Walter Scott

Christmas Is Come - Virginia Almanack, 1765

Christmas Is Come - Albert Smith

Christmas Minstrelsy - William Wordsworth

Christmas Morning - Edward Moxon

Christmas Morning by Edwin Waugh

The Christmas of 1888 - John Greenleaf Whittier

Christmas of Old - Thos. Kirchmaier

Christmas Omnipresent - Leigh Hunt

Christmas Past And Present - "Poor Robin's Almanac," 1739

Christmas Provender - Anonymous

Christmas Roses - Lizzie Lawson and Robert Ellice Mack

The Christmas Silence - Margaret Deland

Christmas Song - Lydia A. C. Ward

Christmas Song by Edwin Waugh

Christmas Sunshine - Anonymous

Christmas Tide - Eliza Cook

Christmas Time - John Clare

Christmas Time - Eliza Cook

Christmas Time Has Come Again - Anonymous

Christmas Toys - Anonymous

The Christmas Tree - Anonymous

Christmas Trees - Robert Frost

Christmas Verses - Teresa Brayton

Christmas, His Masque - Ben Jonson

Christmass Is Come And Every Hearth - John Clare

The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (LV2006)

Coventry Mysteries: Ludus_Coventriæ -  The Mysteries Presented at Coventry on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Halliwell's Edition of 1841

Church Bells - John Keble

Church-Decking At Christmas - William Wordsworth




The Death of the Old Year - Alfred, Lord Tennyson

December - Harriet F. Blodgett

December - Eliza Cook




The Earthly Paradise: Apology - William Morris

The Epic - Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The Eve Of Christmas - Alfred, Lord Tennyson

THE EXAMINATION AND Tryal of Old Father Christmas - Josiah King




Fairy Faces - Anonymous

The Faerie Queen - Edmund Spencer

The Feast Was Prepared - A Christmas Carol - Isa Craig-Knox

The_Fire_on_the_Hearth_in_Sleepy_Hollow - Edward Hopper

The First Christmas Without My Mother - George Washington Doane

The First Roman Christmas - Alfred H. Domett

From Heaven Above To Earth I Come - Winkworth Translation of Martin Luther (MP3 / OGG)




Gates and Doors - Joyce Kilmer

Gentle Men - W. M. Thackeray

Given Back On Christmas Morn - Thomas Hood

Glee And Solace - Anonymous

God Bless Us Every One - James Whitcomb Riley

Good husband and huswife now cheefly be glad - Thomas Tusser

Good-Night - H. S. M.

The Good Old Times - "Poor Robin's Almanac," 1709

Goody Blake and Harry Gill - William Wordsworth (1798); not a Christmas poem, it is here presented as a contrast to Good King Wenceslas




Hail, Flowerets of the Martyr-train - Henry Nutcombe Oxenham

Hail To The Lord's Anointed - James Montgomery

Hang Up The Baby's Stocking - Emily Huntington Miller

The Haughty Aspen - Nora Archibald Smith (MP3 / OGG)

He Came All So Still - Anonymous (MP3 / OGG)

Heap on more wood!-the wind is chill (from Marmion by Sir Walter Scott, 1808)

Hear the Voice - William Blake

His Mother's Joy - John White Chadwick

The Holly Berry - Thomas Miller

Holly Song - William Shakespeare

The Holly Tree - Robert Southey

The Holy Innocents - Laurence Housman

The Holy Night - Elizabeth Barrett Browning (MP3 / OGG)

The Holy Well - Anonymous

How Like A Winter Hath My Absence Been - William Shakespeare

Hush! My Dear - Isaac Watts

Hymn For Christmas - Felicia Hemans

Hymn For Christmas-Day - Jeremy Taylor

Hymn For Christmas Day - Prudentius

Hymn For The Epiphany - Prudentius

Hymn For The Nativity - Edward Thring




I Cannot Tell - William Young Fullerton

I Sing The Birth, Was Borne To Night - Ben Jonson (Modern Spelling: I Sing The Birth Was Born To-Night)

If Christmas Day On The Sunday Be - Anonymous

Il Penseroso - Milton

In Bethlehem - James Ryman

The Incarnation - Not In Cloud And Not In Thunder - Isa Craig

It Was The Winter Wilde - John Milton
(The Hymn in
On The Morning Of Christ's Nativity)




King Arthur's Waes-hael - Robert Stephen Hawker

The King In The Cradle - From Byrd's Psalmes, Sonets, etc.

King Olaf's Christmas - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

King Winter - Anonymous

The Knighting Of The Sirloin Of Beef By Charles The Second - Anonymous




The Lamb - William Blake

Labour's Reward - "Poor Robin's Almanac," 1728

Led By A Star - Joyce Kilmer

Light In The Darkness - Norval Clyne

The Little Gray Lamb - Archibald Beresford Sullivan (MP3 / OGG)

Lord Thomas and Fair Ellinor - Child Ballad #73

Lordings, All Of You I Warn - Anonymous

Lullaby In Bethlehem - Henry Howarth Bashford

Ludus_Coventriæ -  The Mysteries Presented at Coventry on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Halliwell's Edition of 1841




The Magi - Y. B. Yeats (MP3 / OGG)

The Mahogany Tree - William Makepeace Thackeray

Maids, Get Up And Bake Your Pies - From the Bishoprick Garland, 1834

Mary's Baby - Shaemas O'Sheel

Merry Christmas - Louisa May Alcott

Merry Christmas, My Friend - James M. Schmidt

Merry Souls - Anonymous

Messiah - Alexander Pope

Minstrels And Maids - William Morris

The Mistletoe - Barry Cornwall

The Mistletoe - "Fraser's Magazine," 1835

Mumming from "La Musa Madrigalesca"




Nativity - John Donne

The Nativity - W. J. Blew

Neighbors of the Christ Night - Nora Archibald Smith

The News-Bearers - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

November - Elizabeth Stoddard

Now Christmas Comes 'Tis Fit That We - From "Poor Robin's Almanac," 1715

Now Enter Christmas Like A Man - From "Poor Robin's Almanac," 1701

Now Let The Angel Song Break Forth! - Rev. M. D. Conway

Nunc Dimittis - John Cennick




O Holy Night - Thos. C. Roney

Ode To Winter - Thomas Campbell

Of Christ Cometh Christmas - Thomas Tusser

Of Christ's Birth In An Inn - Jeremy Taylor

Of The Epiphany - Beaumont

The Old Cap - Martin Parker

Old Christmas - John Bridgeman

Old Christmas Returned - Anonymous

On Christmas - John Bampfylde

On Lending a Punch-Bowl - Oliver Wendell Holmes

On Love - Bliss Carman

On Oaten Pipes - Anonymous

On Saint John's Day - Anonymous

On Shepherds' Pipes - William Drummond

On The Morning of Christ's Nativity - John Milton

On the Nativity of Christ - William Dunbar

On This Blessed Eve We Sing - Isa Craig

Our Blessed Lady's Lullaby - Richard Verstegen

Out Of The Blossom Sprang A Thorn - English Traditional

Over The River And Through The Wood - Lydia Maria Child
     Original Title: "The New-England Boy's Song About Thanksgiving Day"

The Oxen - Thomas Hardy (MP3 / OGG)




Paradise Lost - John Milton

The Peaceful Night - John Milton (MP3 / OGG)

Pipe-Playing - Anonymous

Praise of Christmas - Anonymous

Provide For Christmas - From Poor Robin's Almanac, 1664




Regrets - William Wordsworth (MP3 / OGG)

Ring Out, Wild Bells - Alfred, Lord Tennyson (MP3 / OGG)




Saint John Baptist - William Drummond

Santa Claus - Anonymous

Sery - Richard Watson Gilder

The Shepherds - Henry Vaughan

The Shepherds In Judea - Mary Austin

The Shepherd's Song - Drummond

Signs of Christmas - Edwin Lees

Sly Santa Claus - Mrs. C. S. Stone

Son Of A Virgin - Laurence Housman

Song Of The Holly - William Shakespeare

The Song Of A Shepherd-Boy At Bethlehem - Josephine Preston Peabody (MP3 / OGG)

The Sovereign - Martin Peerson

The Star Bearer - Edmund Clarence Stedman (MP3 / OGG)

The Star Of The East - Author Unknown

The Star Song - Robert Herrick

The Story Of The Holly Sprig - Arthur Upson

Summer Toil, And Winter Cheer - "Poor Robin's Almanac," 1724

Sung By The Shepherd - Anonymous




The Christmas Gift - Robert A. Hall

This Is Now Is The Winter Time - Goodwyn Barmby

The Three Damsels - Algernon Charles Swinburne

The Three Kings - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To A Lady - Thomas William Parsons

To An Old Fogey - Sir Owen Seaman

Thrice Welcome! - Anonymous

The Trencherman - Anonymous

Tryste Noel - Louise Imogen Guiney (MP3 / OGG)

Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare

The Two Advents - George Washington Doane




Under The Holly Bough - Charles MacKay




The Virgin Mary - Laurence Housman

The Virgin Mary To The Child Jesus - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Virgin's Cradle-Hymn - Samuel Taylor Coleridge




The Waits - Margaret Deland

Wassail - "Ainsworth's Magazine," 1848

Wassailing Song - From Bullen, A Christmas Garland

Welcome, Friend! St Nicholas, Welcome - From "The Festival Of St. Nicholas," Mary Mapes Dodge

When Skies Were Blue - From Bullen, A Christmas Garland

When Snow Lies Deep

When The Herds Were Watching - William Canton

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night - Margaret Deland

Whispering Palms - Lope de Vega

Winter - William Shakespeare

Winter's Delights - Thomas Campion

The Wise Men Of The East - A. Mary F. Robinson

Wreaths - Carolyn Hillman



Other Christmas Poetry


Godfrey Rust: Poems and Readings for Christmas. A delightful collection of poems, most of which were written for carol services, and many of which are regularly included in Christmas-tide services throughout the UK. Do not expect Victorian platitudes, however, as some of these poems take an unflinching look at a world in desperate need of salvation, and require an honest look at the world, one's self, and one's faith. In the end, these poems, like the well-known angelic announcements, proclaim the birth of 'God Saves.'


Please see the Index of Carols written by Paul Wigmore.


A Visit from St. Nicholas - Attributed to Clement Clarke Moore (Text)
Read by Douglas Anderson: MP3 / OGG

Illustrations by Jessie Wilcox Smith:
Twas The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore.

Illustrations by F.O.C. Darley:

A Visit From Saint Nicholas, by Clement C. Moore.


Christmas Poetry From Robert Herrick

A Christmas Carol (First Line: "What sweeter music can we bring")
A Hymn To The Lares - Robert Herrick

A New Year's Gift - Robert Herrick

An Ode Of The Birth Of Our Saviour - Robert Herrick

The Bell-Man - Robert Herrick
On Christmas Eve (Come Bring The Noise)
On Christmas Eve (Come, Guard This Night)
Christmas Eve:
Come, Guard This Night the Christmas Pie
Candlemas Eve (Down With The Rosemary, And So)
Candlemas Eve (Down With The Rosemary and Bays)
Candlemas Eve Carol
Candlemas Day (Kindle The Christmas Brand)
Give Way, Give Way, Ye Gates, And Win (A Wassail)
Tell Us, Thou Cleere And Heavenly Tongue (Also known as The Star Song)

True Hospitality - Robert Herrick

Twelfth Night, or King and Queen (Now, Now, The Mirth Comes)
Saint Distaff's Day (Partly Work and Partly Play)
The Wassail - Robert Herrick

The Wassail Bowl - Robert Herrick

See also: Christmas Customs from Hesperides by Robert Herrick
Ceremonies For Christmas
(From Bullen: Another To The Maids and Another)
The Lyrical Poems Of Robert Herrick


Christmas Poetry From Eugene Field

Christmas Tales and Christmas Verse - Eugene Field

Bethlehem-Town - Eugene Field

Christmas Eve - Eugene Field

Christmas Hymn - Eugene Field

Christmas Morning - Eugene Field

Chrystmasse Of Olde - Eugene Field

Jest 'Fore Christmas - Eugene Field

Star Of The East - Eugene Field

The Three Kings Of Cologne - Eugene Field

See Also

A Little Book of Profitable Tales - Eugene Field (Prose)

Christmas Poetry of Eugene Field
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Christmas Poetry from Gilbert Keith (G. K.) Chesterton

A Christmas Carol - G. K. Chesterton (MP3 / OGG)

The Feast In The Snow - G. K. Chesterton

Gold Leaves - G. K. Chesterton

The House of Christmas - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Wise Men - G. K. Chesterton


Christmas Poetry from Anne P. L. Field

A Christmas Insurrection - Anne P. L. Field (MP3 / OGG)

A Prayer At Bethlehem - Anne P. L. Field (MP3 / OGG)

The Christmas Fires - Anne P. L. Field (MP3 / OGG)

The Night After Christmas - Anne P. L. Field

When The Stars Of Morning Sang - Anne P. L. Field


Excerpts from "Christmas" by Romaine Joseph Thorne
Christmas Eve

The Christmas Carol

Christmas Sports

Evergreen-Decking At Christmas

The Christmas Box

The Christmas Feast


Christmas Poetry by Henry Van Dyke

A Ballad Of Santa Clause

Christmas Tears

To The Child Jesus

The Foolish Fir-Tree


Harold Macdonald's - poems from the eighth decade
Poems, Carols and Other Writings
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Narrative Poetry for Advent by John Piper
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Christmas Poetry from Agatha Weeks

Twas The Night Before Christmas (2002)
Silver Bells and Golden Memories (2004)
Keep Christ In Christmas (2005)
From the Transom in the Hall (2006)
Christmas Memories (2007)
Christmas In Natchez, My Home Town (2008)

Copyright: Agatha Weeks.
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Other Poetry Collections

Ancient Poems, Ballads and Songs of England - Robert Bell (1857) (Text)

Ancient Poems, Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England - Robert Bell (PDF)

Ancient Poems, Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England - James Henry Dixon (alt.)

Harrison S. Morris
In The Yule-Log Glow, Book 3, Christmas Poems From 'Round The World.
In The Yule-Log Glow, Book 4, Christmas Poems From 'Round The World.

     Mr. Morris also edited two volumes of Christmas Prose; see below.


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Collections of Christmas Carols & Poetry
Compiled and Edited by
Douglas D. Anderson

Web pages of Christmas Poetry

Poems of Christmas by Katherine Lee Bates

Christmas-tide Poetry of Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliott

Father Andrew's Carols And Christmas Rhymes

Christmas-tide Poetry of John Keble

Christmastide Poems of Christina Rossetti

Christmas Poetry of Catherine Winkworth

The Christmas-tide Carols of Shirley Erena Murray



 Why do the bells of Christmas ring?
Why do little children sing?

Once a lovely shining star,
Seen by shepherds from afar,
Gently moved until its light
Made a manger's cradle bright.

There a darling baby lay,
Pillowed soft upon the hay;
And its mother sung and smiled:
"This is Christ, the holy Child!"

Therefore bells for Christmas ring,
Therefore little children sing.


— Eugene Field, Christmas Tales and Christmas Verse



Christmas Prose


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A Budget of Christmas Tales - Charles Dickens and Others

A Christmas Accident - Annie Eliot Trumbull

A Christmas Garland - Max Beerbohm

A Christmas Mumming, 1377

A Christmas Mystery - William J Locke

A Christmas Posy - Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth

A Christmas Sermon - Robert Louis Stevenson

A Christmas Story - Dr. Samuel W. Francis

A Christmas Story - by Jay Frankston

A Little Book for Christmas - Cyrus Townsend Brady

A Little Book of Profitable Tales - Eugene Field

A Lover In Homespun and Other Stories - F. Clifford Smith

A Napa Christchild - Charles A. Gunnison

A Reversible Santa Claus - Meredith Nicholson

A Versailles Christmas-Tide - Mary Stuart Boyd

A Wonderful Night-An Interpretation Of Christmas - James H Snowden

An Ordinance For The Better Observation Of The Feast Of The Nativity Of Christ - Parliament, 1644

And Thus He Came - Cyrus Townsend Brady

The Arraignment, Conviction, and Imprisonment Of Christmas - 1645

As We Were Saying - Charles Dudley Warner




Beasley's Christmas Party - Booth Tarkington

Becky's Christmas Dream - Louisa May Alcott

The Bee-Man of Orn - Frank R. Stockton

The Best British Short Stories of 1922

Betty's Bright Idea - Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Birds' Christmas Carol - Kate Douglas Wiggin

The Blossoming Rod - Mary Stewart Cutting

The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories - Franklin K. Mathiews

Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Christmas Tree Cove - Laura Lee Hope

The Burglar and the Blizzard - Alice Duer Miller

By the Christmas Fire - Samuel McChord Crothers




Campfire Girls in the Allegheny Mountains - Stella M. Francis

Candle and Crib - Katherine Frances Purdon

The Children's Book of Christmas Stories - Edited by Asa Don Dickinson and Ada M Skinner

Chimney-pot Papers - Charles S. Brooks

Christian Gellert's Last Christmas - Berthold Auerbach

Christmas - Zona Gale

Christmas, A Happy Time - Alicia Catherine Mant

The Christmas Angel - Abbie Farwell Brown

The Christmas Banquet - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Christmas Books - W M Thackeray

The Christmas Child - Hesba Stretton

Christmas Comes But Once A Year - Luke Limner

Christmas Entertainments - Alice Maude Kellogg

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - Edward E. Hale

Christmas Eve at Swamp's End - Norman Duncan

Christmas Eve on Lonesome and Other Stories - John Fox Jr.

Christmas Every Day And Other Stories - William Dean Howells (LV2006)

The Christmas Fairy - John Strange Winter and Others

Christmas Holidays at Merryvale - Alice Hale Burnett

Christmas in Legend and Story - Elva S. Smith

The Christmas Kalends of Provence - Thomas A. Janvier

Christmas Light - Ethel Calvert Phillips

The Christmas Miracle - Charles Egbert Craddock (pen name of Mary Noailles Murfree)

Christmas Outside of Eden - Coningsby Dawson

Christmas Revived - Anne W. Abbot

The Christmas Story From David Harum - Edward Noyes Westcott

Christmas Tales and Christmas Verse - Eugene Field

Christmas with Grandma Elsie - Martha Finley

Christmas, His Masque - Ben Jonson

Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman - F. Hopkinson Smith.

Colonel Crockett's Co-operative Christmas - Rupert Hughes

Corporal Sam and Other Stories - A T Quiller-Couch

Curlytops and Their Playmates - Howard R. Garis




Dear Santa Claus—Charming Holiday Stories for Boys and Girls -  Fannie E. Ostrander and anonymous

Dreamthorp - Alexander Smith

Duffels - Edward Eggleston




8_Best Russian Short Stories

8_Short_Stories - C Alphonso Smith

Evenings at Donaldson Manor - Maria J. McIntosh

The Examination And Tryal of Old Father Christmas - Josiah King




The Feast of St Friend - Arnold Bennett

Frenzied Fiction by Stephen Leacock (LV2006)




The Ghost - Wm. D. O'Connor

The Goblins' Christmas - Elizabeth Anderson

The Greater Advent Anthems, John Henry Newman




Heretics - G K Chesterton

Holiday Tales - W. H. H. Murray

Home_Scenes_and_Home_Influence - T_S_Arthur




I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales - Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

In Happy Valley - John Fox

Is There a Santa Claus? - Jacob A. Riis

Is There A Santa Claus? Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus - Francis Pharcellus Church




Jimsy, The Christmas Kid - Leona Dalrymple




Labrador Days - Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl - Jenny Wren

Lill's Travels in Santa Claus Land and other Stories - Ellis Towne, Sophie May and Ella Farman

Literary Lapses by Stephen Leacock (LV2006)

The Little City Of Hope - F Marion Crawford

The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation - Annie Fellows Johnston

Little Maid Marian - Amy E. Blanchard.




The Magic Egg and Other Stories - Frank Richard Stockton

The Man Without a Country and Other Tales - Edward E. Hale

The Mouse and the Christmas Cake - Anonymous

The Mouse and the Moonbeam - Eugene Field

The Moving Finger - Mary Gaunt

Miss Muffet's Christmas Party-Samuel McChord Crothers

Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation - Bret Harte

Mr. Kris Kringle - S. Weir Mitchell

Mrs. Budlongs Christmas Presents - Rupert Hughes

Mrs. Skagg's Husbands and Other Stories by Bret Harte (LV2006)




Nan Sherwood's Winter Holidays - Annie Roe Carr

News from the Duchy - Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Nibsy's Christmas - Jacob A. Riis




The Old Peabody Pew - Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin

On Christmas Day in the Morning - Grace S. Richmond

On Christmas Day In The Evening - Grace Louise Smith Richmond




Paste Jewels - John Kendrick Bangs

Patty's Success - Carolyn Wells

Peace On Earth, Good-Will to Dogs - Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

The Potato Child & Others - Mrs. Charles J Woodbury

The Practical Joke: The Christmas Story of Uncle Ned - Anonymous.

Prince Lazybones and Other Stories - Mrs. W. J. Hays

Punch Among the Planets, Christmas 1890




'Round the Yule-Log: Christmas In Norway - Peter Christen Asbjörnsen.

Reginald - Saki (H H Munro) (LV2006)

Rídan the Devil and Other Stories - Louis Becke

The Romance of a Christmas Card - Kate Douglas Wiggin

Rosa's Tale - Louisa May Alcott

Rosemary - C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson




Santa Claus and the Babe - William Canton

Second Landing - Floyd Wallace

Shakespeare's Christmas Gift to Queen Bess - Anna Benneson McMahan

Shapes That Haunt the Dusk - Edited by William Dean Howells & Henry Mills Alden


Sonny, A Christmas Guest - Ruth McEnery Stuart

The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories - Paul Laurence Dunbar




Taken Alive - E P Roe

The Thin Santa Claus by Ellis Parker Butler (LV2006)

The Toys of Peace - Saki

Trifles for the Christmas Holidays - H. S. Armstrong

The Truce of God - Mary Roberts Rinehart

Two Christmas Celebrations - Theodore Parker




The Upas Tree - Florence L Barclay




The Vindication of the Solemnity of the Nativity of Christ - Thomas Warmstry (1648)




Weapons of Mystery - Joseph Hocking

When the Yule Log Burns - Leona Dalrymple

The White Christmas and Other Merry Christmas Plays - Walter Ben Hare

Winter Adventures of Three Boys - Egerton R. Young

The Witch - Anton Chekhov




Uncle Noah's Christmas Inspiration - Leona Dalrymple




Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus - Francis Pharcellus Church (LV2006)

Young Lucretia and Other Stories - Mary E. Wilkins



Other Christmas Prose


Christmas Prose from Charles Dickens

A Christmas Dinner From Sketches By Boz - 1836

A Good Humoured Christmas From Pickwick Papers - 1837

A Christmas Carol - 1843 (Illustrations by John Leech)

A Christmas Carol - 1843 (Illustrations by Arthur Rackham)

A Christmas Carol - 1843 (Illustrations by George Alfred Williams)

The Chimes - 1844

The Cricket On The Hearth - 1845

The Battle of Life - 1846

The Haunted Man - 1847

The Holly Tree - 1851

Some Christmas Stories (Text version of six short stories between 1850 and 1853; PDF Version: Some Christmas Stories

Sketches of Young Gentlemen


     For the dates of other Dickens Christmas stories, see
     Dickens: The Man Who Invented Christmas
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Christmas Prose from Washington Irving

Old Christmas (HTML; illustrations by Randolph Caldecott)
Old Christmas (PDF, Illustrated; Source: Internet Archive)

Bracebridge Hall

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

Knickerbocker's History of New York

Other Prose from Washington Irving

Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey - Irving


Christmas Prose from Louisa May Alcott

A Christmas Dream, And How It Came True

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation - (A M Barnard)

Becky's Christmas Dream - Louisa May Alcott

Kitty's Class Day And Other Stories

Rosa's Tale - Louisa May Alcott

Tilly's Christmas - Louisa May Alcott


Works which contain Christmas Prose from L. Frank Baum

The Christmas Stocking (LV2006)

A Kidnapped Santa Claus (LV2006)

Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (LV2006)

Mother Goose in Prose by L. Frank Baum (LV2006)


Harrison S. Morris
In The Yule-Log Glow, Book 1, Christmas Tales From 'Round The World.
In The Yule-Log Glow, Book 2, Christmas Tales From 'Round The World
     Mr. Morris also edited two volumes of Christmas poetry; see above.


Works which contain Christmas Prose from O. Henry
Roads Of Destiny

The Four Million

The Gift Of The Magi

Heart of the West

Rolling Stones



Christmas Prose from B. J. Pearce

A Gift For Patootie

The Emissary

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Works which contain Christmas Prose from Henry Van Dyke

The Lost Word
     HTML: The Lost Word - Christmas Stories
     Text: The Lost Word - Christmas Stories

The Blue Flower

The First Christmas Tree

The Mansion

The Sad Shepherd

The Spirit of Christmas

The Story of the Other Wise Men

     16291-The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Story of the Other Wise Man

     19608-The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Story of the Other Wise Man


Prose by Laura Lee Hope

The Story of a Nodding Donkey

Six Little Bunkers at Grandpa Ford's

The Story of a Stuffed Elephant


Prose from John Milton

Areopagitica - Milton

Il Penseroso - Milton

Paradise Lost - Milton

Poetical Works - Milton


Prose from Lucy Maud Montgomery

Short Stories, 1896 to 1901

Short Stories, 1902 to 1903

Short Stories 1905 To 1906

Short Stories 1909 To 1922


Prose by Thomas Nelson Page

The Burial of the Guns

The Christmas Peace

Santa Claus's Partner

Tommy Trot’s Visit to Santa Claus


Plays by Shepherd Knapp

Down the Chimney - Shepherd Knapp

Up the Chimney - Shepherd Knapp

The Christmas Dinner - Shepherd Knapp



Other Christmas Literature

A Little Book for Christmas - Cyrus Townsend Brady (1917)

A Righte Merrie Christmasse!!! - John Ashton (1894)

Ancient Poems, Ballads and Songs of England - Robert Bell (1857) (Text)

Ancient Poems, Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England - Robert Bell (PDF)

Another Easy Christmas Book - Ruth Putnam Kimball (PDF, Illustrated; Source: Internet Archive)

The Children's Book of Christmas Stories - Asa Don Dickinson and Ada M. Skinner

Christmas: Its Origin and Associations - William Francis Dawson (1902)

Christmas: Its Origin, Celebration and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse - Robert Haven Schauffler (1907; from the Our American Holidays series; PDF, Illustrated; Source: Internet Archive)

Christmas Entertainments - Alice Maude Kellogg (Text)

Christmas In Legend And Story - Elva S. Smith and Alice I. Hazeltine (1915)

Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan - Clement A. Miles (1912)

Christmas Stories And Legends - Phebe A. Curtiss (1916) (Text)

The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations - Gustave Doré (1891)

Folk Lore of East Yorkshire - John Nicholson (1890)

The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints - Alban Butler
     January-February-March (1895)

Holiday Stories for Young People - Margaret E. Sangster

Myths and Legends of Christmastide - Bertha F. Herrick

The Night Before Christmas and Other Popular Stories For Children - Anonymous

Our Holidays: Their Meaning and Spirit - from St. Nicholas Magazine

Traditions, Superstitions, and Folklore - Charles Hardwick (1872)

Yule-Tide in Many Lands - Mary P. Pringle and Clara A. Urann (1916)


Christmas-tide Sermons

Advent Sermons

Christmas Sermons

Epiphany Sermons

Links open in a new window at the Internet Archive


King James Version - Version 1
King James Version - Version 2

The Apocrypha
(Deuterocanonical Books of the Bible)

Douay-Rheims - Complete (Challoner Revision, 5773 KB)
Douay-Rheims: Old Testament - Volume 1
Douay-Rheims: Old Testament - Volume 2
Douay-Rheims: New Testament

Study of the King James Bible - Cleland Boyd McAfee (1912)

Forbidden Gospels and Epistles - Archbishop William Wake


Hymns and Hymnology

The Hymns of Martin Luther

Hymns and Spiritual Songs - Isaac Watts (1707)

Divine Songs - Isaac Watts (1715)

Psalms of David - Isaac Watts (1719)


A Practical Discourse on Some Principles of Hymn-Singing - Robert Bridges (1901)

Hymns for Christian Devotion - Adams & Chapin (1853)

The Otterbein Hymnal - Edmund Lorenz (1892)

Story of the Hymns and Tunes - Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth (1906)


At Project Gutenberg

Musical instruction and study, Composition
Music Bookshelf
The Sheet Music Project


Works of William Hone

Ancient Mysteries Described

The Everyday Book - Volume 1

The Everyday Book - Volume 2

The Everyday Book - Volume 3

William Hone - His Life And Times - Frederick William Hackwood (1912)

These links open in a new window at the Internet Archive

     On this site: The Every Day Book - William Hone


Latin Studies

Latin for Beginners - Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge (1911)

New Latin Grammar - Charles E. Bennett (1895, 1908, 1918)

Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles - A First Latin Reader - John Kirtland (1903)

The Roman Pronunciation of Latin - Frances Ellen Lord

A_Latin_English_Dictionary-Thomas Hewitt Key (1888)


See also
The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse for the Sundays and Holydays throughout the Year, Rev. John Keble (1827)



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Carol Services

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Carol Services -Generally

Edward P. Mason, Two Responsive Carol Services (For Christmas and Easter). Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1883.

J. E. Trowbridge, Responsive Christmas Carol Service for Sabbath Schools (Ditson, 1883).

J. F. Kinsey and John McPherson, Echoes of Glory. LaFayette, IN: The Echo Music Co., 1888.
A Christmas Programme - 1888.

Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church London: William Clowes & Sons, The Complete Edition, 1894: Six Carol Services for Christmas. Chope also had two services for Easter and three services for Harvest.

Charles L. Hutchins, The Child Jesus (Medford, MA, prior to 1892). One of several carols services written by Rev. Hutchins, one other of which was a Christmas service, The Christ Child, which I have been unable to locate.

A Festival Service of Nine Lessons And Appropriate Music. London: Oxford University Press, 1934. Based on the Christmas-tide A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College, this service was adapted by the Winchester Diocesan Choral Association to embrace all the seasons of the Church's year.

Carol Service, 1947 (from a handwritten note in the back of my copy of Shaw and Dearmer, The English Carol Book, Combined Edition, 1938)




Christmas Recordings

Note: Due to space constraints, there are few MP3 files at this site. Also please note that some of these files are quite large, and may take a long time to download. With the exception of the Lionel Barrymore rendition of "A Christmas Carol," smaller versions of these recordings are available at LibriVox and Project Gutenberg.

Note: I have found it best to save recordings (MP3 and OGG) to my computer, and then play the recording, rather than to attempt to stream the recording from the server.

What is an OGG?

All recordings by Douglas D. Anderson, except as noted.
All recordings by Douglas D. Anderson are in the public domain.

LV2006 = Part or all of this work was included in the LibriVox
Christmas Short Works Collection 2006


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Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Preface and Stave 1 (Read by Mark Bradford)

Stave 2 (Read by Kara Shallenberg)

Stave 3 (Read by Kristen McQuillin)

Stave 4 (Read by Hugh McGuire)

Stave 5 (Read by Bill Stackpole)
Source: LibriVox


From the Hallmark Hall of Fame, 1954,
Read by Lionel Barrymore
Source: Internet Archive


Charles Dickens, The Cricket On The Hearth


O Henry, The Gift Of The Magi

Read by Betsy Bush (From Gift of the Magi)

Read by Roy Schreiber (From The Four Million by O. Henry)

Read by JB (From Christmas Short Works Collection 2006)

Read by SDM (From Christmas Short Works Collection 2006)

Source: LibriVox


Washington Irving, Old Christmas

Christmas (Read by Alex Foster)

The Stage Coach (Read by Kara Shallenberg)

Christmas Eve (Read by Kristen McQuillin

Christmas Day (Read by Mark Bradford)

Christmas Dinner (Read by Kara Shallenberg)

Source: LibriVox


Attributed to Clement Clarke Moore
 A Visit From St. Nicholas - Attributed to Clement Clarke Moore
Recordings by Fernashes and JemmaBlythe

Source: LibriVox: Christmas Short Works Collection 2006
Nine other recordings are available at LibriVox:
T'was The Night Before Christmas.


Merry Christmas, My Friend - James M. Schmidt

Recorded by Father Ted Berndt under the title "A Soldier's Silent Night"
Vocal Recording: MP3 / WMA

Source: A Soldier's Silent Night, (Accessed Dec. 28, 2006)


Also from LibriVox:

Christmas Short Works Collection 2006
Public domain short stories, essays, poems, and scripture passages recorded by a variety of LibriVox members.

Christmas Short Works Collection 2007
Containing public domain short stories, essays, poems recorded by a variety of LibriVox members.

Christmas Poetry and Hymn Collection
40 Christmas poems and hymns read by Douglas D. Anderson, 2006.

Christmas Carol Collection 2006
A dozen traditional Christmas carols performed by LibriVox volunteers.


Selections From The Holy Bible


Search for "Christmas" at LibriVox.

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Free Christmas MP3s




"Christmas For Ever" by John Gilbert
from Christmas In Art And Song. New York: The Arundel Printing and Publishing Company, 1879.

"Christmas In Art and Song" by G. Perkins
from Christmas In Art And Song.

"Christmas In Art" by John A. Hows
from Christmas In Art And Song.



What is an OGG?

Ogg Vorbis (OGG) is an open-source, compressed audio format similar to MP3 and WMA, both of which are proprietary formats protected by patent (Microsoft recently lost a lawsuit brought by France's Alcatel-Lucent SA concerning licensing of the MP3 format in Windows, and was ordered to pay $1.52 billion in damages). The developers of OGG claim that it has higher performance than either MP3 or WMA (and, in my experience, produces smaller files). OGG supports Windows, UNIX/LINUX, MAC OSX, OS/2, and Pocket PC. To play an OGG file, you either need to load a Codec for your system, or you need to use a program which has native support for OGG; see Third Party Software. For more information about this format, see and Links open in a new window at an exterior site. Sites accessed November 15, 2006. Return


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