December 15, 2013

Santa Claus—Children’s Stories, Poems, & More




 For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Santa Claus entertainment.

NOTE: Also visit Christmas—Children’s Stories, Poems, & More is devoted to the meaning of the season, celebrating Christ’s birthday, as opposed to Santa Claus, a secular approach to Christmas. Together with this post the Christmas season is covered for children.

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Who delivers Christmas presents for cats?

Santa Paws!


What do you get if you cross Father Christmas with a duck?
A Christmas Quacker!

Why does Santa like to work in his garden?
Because he likes to hoe, hoe, hoe!

What is invisible but smells like milk and cookies?
Kris Kringle burps!

What do you call Santa when he has no money?
Saint “Nickel”-less!


Q: How do you know Santa Claus is good at karate?

A: He has a black belt!

Q:  What’s black, white and red all over?

A: Santa Claus after he comes down the chimney!


What comes at the end of Christmas Day?

A: A Y!

More: christmas-coloring-pages


Seven Santas sang silly songs.

Comet cuddles cute Christmas kittens carefully.

Eleven elves licked eleven little licorice lollipops.

Rudolph roars with red anger and a red as rose nose.


Santa’s Short Suit Shrunk


Santa’s seven sleighs slid sideways

Snow slows Santa’s sleigh!”



SANTA CLAUS  Sing to: “Are You Sleeping?”

Santa Claus, Santa Claus,
Ho, ho, ho.
Ho, ho, ho.
Where is Santa?
Where is Santa?
I don’t know.
Do you know?

Santa Claus  SIng to: “London Bridge”

See him walking all around,
All around, all around.
See him walking all around,
Jolly Santa Claus
Hear the ho, ho, ho, ho, ho,
Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho,
Hear the ho, ho, ho, ho, ho,
Jolly Santa Claus.



by Buddy Kay and Jules Loman, Copyright: Unknown

C is for the Candy trimmed around the Christmas tree.
H is for the Happiness with all the family.
R is for the Reindeer prancing by the window pane.
I is for the Icing on the cake as sweet as sugar cane.
S is for the Stocking on the chimney wall.
T is the Toys beneath the tree so tall.
M is for the Mistletoe where every one is kissed.
A is for the Angels who make up the Christmas list.
S is for old Santa who makes every kid his pet.
Be good and he’ll bring you everything in your Christmas Alphabet.



(Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman)

Here comes Santa Claus!

Here comes Santa Claus!

Right down Santa Claus Lane!

Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer

are pulling on the reins.

Bells are ringing, children singing;

All is merry and bright.

Hang your stockings and say your prayers,

‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

Here comes Santa Claus!

Here comes Santa Claus!

Right down Santa Claus Lane!

He’s got a bag that is filled with toys

for the boys and girls again.

Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle,

What a beautiful sight.

Jump in bed, cover up your head,

‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.



Up on the housetop reindeer pause
Out jumps good old Santa Clause
Down thru the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones
Christmas joys.

Ho, ho, ho
Who wouldn’t go
Ho, ho, ho
Who wouldn’t go
Up on the housetop
Click, click, click
Down thru the chimney with
Good Saint Nick.

First comes the stocking
Of little Nell
Oh, dear Santa
Fill it well
Give her a dolly
That laughs and cries
One that will open
And shut her eyes.

Ho, ho, ho
Who wouldn’t go
Ho, ho, ho
Who wouldn’t go
Up on the housetop
Click, click, click
Down thru the chimney with
Good Saint Nick.

Next comes the

To continue:



Here is a great big Christmas tree Trimmed with lights and balls.
(Put tips of fingers of both hands together, palms apart)
Here are Santa’s little elves.
They run when Santa calls.
(Hold up ten fingers and wiggle them)
This is Santa’s workshop,
Filled with gifts and toys
(Use both hands to form a house)
The elves and helpers fill the sleigh,
For all good girls and boys.

REINDEER POKEY Sing to The Hokey Pokey

You put your antlers in. You put your antlers out.
You put you antlers in and you shake them all about.
You do the Reindeer Pokey and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!
You put your hooves in….
You put your red nose in….
You put your fluffy tail in…
You put your reindeer body in…


Someone’s peeping through my window,
(peek through fingers)
Tapping at my door
(make knocking motions)
Sliding down my chimney
(make sliding motion with hands)
Landing on the floor.
(stamp feet)
He’s filling all the stockings,
(make filling motions)
And looking at the tree.
(turn head and widen eyes)
He has lots of presents
(pretend to count on fingers)
Some for you and some for me!
(point at others and then at self)
Im peeking round the doorway,
(peek around hand)
And OH!, what do I see?
(look surprised)
The jolly face of Santa
Peeking back at me!
(peek through fingers



Isn’t it the strangest thing,
That Santa is so shy? (hide face with hands)
We can never, never catch him, (make fingers run)
No matter how we try.
It isn’t any use to watch, (hold hand to eyes and look)
Because my parents said,
“Santa Claus will only come
When children are in bed!” (shake finger)


Five little elves jumping on the sleigh,
(move hand up and down)
One jumped off and ran away
(move hand over)
Mama called Santa and Santa said
(hand to ear)
“No more elves jumping on the sleigh.”
(shake finger)
Continue song with four, three, two and one elf.
No more elves jumping on the sleigh,
They all jumped off and ran away.
(Extension: Have the children make five elf finger puppets to use with the song. Have a hat for mama, Santa and five elf hats. Let the children act out this song.)


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Co-Writers: Carolyn Cornell Holland, Rafael Burkardt and Marcus Holland (age 6}

 One day Jack Jellyfish visited Santa’s reindeer, Rack, and Taran Tyrannosaurus Rex.
“Why do you have a green nose?! Why is it green instead of red?” Jack asked Rack.
“Because I want to stop Christmas,” said the Rack, a distant relative of Rudolph who often flew with Santa and Rudolph on Christmas Eve. After all, Rudolph sometimes needed relief during his long night’s work. Usually Rack dimmed his nose so as not to compete with Rudolph.

To continue:


This nice little story for Girls and for Boys
Is all about Santa Claus, Christmas and toys.
So gather around me, but speak not a word
For I mean what I say, by you all will be heard.

In a nice little city called Santa Claus-ville,
With its houses and church at the foot of the hill
Lives jolly old Santa Claus; day after day
He works and he whistles the moments away.

You must know, he is honest, and toils for his bread,
And is fat and good-natured with nothing to dread.
His eyes are not red, but they twinkle and shine,
For he never was known to drink brandy or wine;

But day after day at his bench he is found,
For he works for good children hard, all the year round.
Though busy all day he is happy, and sings
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Two, four, six, eight.
Santa Claus don’t be late;
Here’s my stocking, I can’t wait!
Two, four, six, eight.


With a “hey” and a “Hi” and a “ho-ho-ho,”
Somebody tickled old Santa Claus’ toe.
Get up old’ Santa, there’s work to be done,
The children must have their holiday fun.
With a “hey” and a hoi” and a “ho-ho-ho,”
Santa Claus, Santa Claus,

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