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.



Poetry / Prose / Recordings


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




A Ballad Of Santa Claus - Henry Van Dyke

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

A Bedside Ditty - Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Bell - Clinton Scollard

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'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 Carol For Children - Martin Luther (MP3 / OGG)

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 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 of Joy at Dawn - Catherine Winkworth

A Spotless Rose - Catherine Winkworth

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

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

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 Comes But Once A Year - Thomas Miller

Christmas Day - Samuel Rickards

Christmas Day (For Dolly) - John Byrom

Christmas Eve - Mathilde Blind

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

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

The Christmas Silence - Margaret Deland

Christmas Song - Lydia A. C. Ward

Christmas Sunshine - Anonymous

Christmas Tears - Henry Van Dyke

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

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 First Christmas Without My Mother - George Washington Doane

The First Roman Christmas - Alfred H. Domett

The Foolish Fir-Tree - Henry Van Dyke

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-Night - H. S. M.

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

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)

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

If Christmas Day On The Sunday Be - Anonymous

Il Penseroso - Milton

In Bethlehem - James Ryman

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

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

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

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

Ode To Winter - Thomas Campbell

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

Out Of The Blossom Sprang A Thorn - English Traditional

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 Story Of The Holly Sprig - Arthur Upson

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

Sung By The Shepherd - Anonymous

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

To The Child Jesus - Henry Van Dyke

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

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



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


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

Illustration 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



Harold Macdonald's - poems from the eighth decade
Poems, Carols and Other Writings
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Three holiday poems from Agatha Weeks:

Keep Christ In Christmas - New

Twas The Night Before Christmas

Silver Bells and Golden Memories
Copyright: Agatha Weeks.
Reproduced with the kind permission of the author.
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Narrative Poetry for Advent by John Piper
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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.



Collections 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


"How Still The Night" - Available at

How Still The Night

The Christmas Poems of Father Andrew, S.D.C.

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"What Sudden Blaze Of Song" - Available at

What Sudden Blaze Of Song

The Christmas Poems of Rev. John Keble

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"A Holy Heavenly Chime" - Available at

A Holy Heavenly Chime

The Christmastide Poems of Christina Georgina Rossetti

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"All My Heart This Night Rejoices" - Available at

All My Heart This Night Rejoices

The Christmas Poems of Catherine Winkworth

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 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 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 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); (Some Christmas Stories - PDF Version)
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

Kitty's Class Day And Other Stories

The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treherne's Temptation -  writing as A M Barnard



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 - Christmas Stories

The Blue Flower

The First Christmas Tree

The Spirit of Christmas


"The Story of the Other Wise Men" by Henry Van Dyke:

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



Other Christmas Prose

A Christmas Garland - Max Beerbohm

A Christmas Mumming, 1377

A Christmas Mystery - William J Locke

A Christmas Sermon - Robert Louis Stevenson

A Christmas Story - Dr. Samuel W. Francis

A Little Book for Christmas - Cyrus Townsend Brady

A Little Book of Profitable Tales - Eugene Field

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

Betty's Bright Idea - Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Birds' Christmas Carol - Kate Douglas Wiggin

The Blossoming Rod - Mary Stewart Cutting

The Burglar and the Blizzard - Alice Duer Miller

The Burial of the Guns - Thomas Nelson Page

Campfire Girls in the Allegheny Mountains - Stella M. Francis

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

Christmas - Zona Gale

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 - Robert Browning

Christmas Eve on Lonesome and Other Stories - John Fox Jr

Christmas Every Day - William Dean Howells (LV2006)

The Christmas Kalends of Provence - Thomas A. Janvier

Christmas in Legend and Story - Elva S. Smith

Christmas Outside of Eden - Coningsby Dawson

Christmas Tales and Christmas Verse - Eugene Field

Christmas with Grandma Elsie - Martha Finley

Christmas, His Masque - Ben Jonson

The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (LV2006)

Corporal Sam and Other Stories - A T Quiller-Couch

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 Goblins' Christmas - Elizabeth Anderson

Heretics - G K Chesterton

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

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

Little Maid Marian - Amy E. Blanchard.

 The Moving Finger - Mary Gaunt

Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation - Bret Harte

Mr. Kris Kringle - S. Weir Mitchell

Mrs. Budlongs Chrismas Presents - Rupert Hughes

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

Nan Sherwood's Winter Holidays - Annie Roe Carr

Nibsy's Christmas - Jacob A. Riis

Paste Jewels - John Kendrick Bangs

On Christmas Day In The Evening - Grace Louise Smith Richmond

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

The Potato Child & Others - Mrs. Charles J Woodbury

Punch Among the Planets, Christmas 1890

Reginald - Saki (H H Munro) (LV2006)

The Romance of a Christmas Card - Kate Douglas Wiggin

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

Santa Claus's Partner - Thomas Nelson Page

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

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)

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)



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



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


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)


Carol Services

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).
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-tide Sermons

Advent Sermons

Christmas Sermons

Epiphany Sermons

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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)



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)

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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)


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





I wish to acknowledge the significant work done by the compilers of the Christmas Bookcase at Project Gutenberg, and by gbnewby who created the "XMas Collection" of works found at Project Gutenberg (November 12, 2006).

Last accessed May 17, 2007.


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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.


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



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

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

Selections From The Holy Bible

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Free Christmas MP3s




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

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

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



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Victorian Visions
A Christmas Poetry Collection

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Divinely Inspired
A Christmas Poetry Collection

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The Bridegroom Cometh
Poetry For The Advent

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A Christmas Poetry Collection

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A Christmas Poetry Collection

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How Still The Night

The Christmas Poems of Father Andrew, S.D.C.

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Christmas Poems by Frances and William Havergal

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Now, Now The Mirth Comes

Christmas Poetry by Robert Herrick

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"What Sudden Blaze Of Song" - Available at

What Sudden Blaze Of Song

The Christmas Poems of Rev. John Keble

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A Holy Heavenly Chime

The Christmastide Poems of Christina Georgina Rossetti

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"All My Heart This Night Rejoices" - Available at

All My Heart This Night Rejoices

The Christmas Poems of Catherine Winkworth

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A Psalter – A Book of the Psalms Arranged by Luther's Categories

Betbüchlein: A Personal Prayer Book, a recreation of Luther's 1529 prayer book

Daily Prayer

Luther's Passional

Luther's Writings on Prayer: A Selection

Devotions for the Advent – 2009
A new edition for 2010 is being prepared.

The Lenten Sermons of Martin Luther, Second Edition

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Since 1985, Christmas in the Northwest artists have been lighting up the holidays, and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Children's Hospitals through the sale of the Christmas in the Northwest CD series. Available at multiple outlets in the Pacific Northwest, and on-line at

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Christmas In The Northwest
Accessed October 23, 2006

Best-Loved Christmas Carols 
by Ronald M. Clancy
The new edition from Sterling Publishing published October 2006.

     The originals released by The Millennia Collection:
Best-Loved Christmas Carols (2000)
American Christmas Classics (2001)
Children's Christmas Classics (2002)

And now available is the beautiful Sacred Christmas Music
a musical journey in time from the dawn of the Church’s liturgical song through the Baroque’s great choral and instrumental works to representative pieces of the 20th century. In addition to masterpieces of art, the CD includes the Vienna Boys’ Choir performing “Anima Nostra”; Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto”; The Trappist Monks of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani singing Gregorian Chants; excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah”; and the beloved “Silent Night." Every lover of fine Christmas music will want this magnificent volume.

And check out Ron's new Christmas Blog.

Christmas Classics, Ltd

See the three-minute movie about this series:
(accessed November 14, 2006).

Ronald M. Clancy, author of the highly-praised Christmas Classics series of Christmas carol books and CDs, has now created a number of "The Story Behind The Music" videos recounting the histories of numerous Christmas carols. Three were released on YouTube™ in late July 2009, including The Little Drummer Boy, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and White Christmas. All the titles can be found at Christmas Classics Videos. Other titles will released beginning October 1, 2009.





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