December 17, 2013

Christmas—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 CHRISTMAS entertainment.

NOTE: To access a companion Christmas post click on Santa Claus—Children’s Stories, Poems, & More

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Why was the turkey the drummer in the pop group?
Because he was the only one with drumsticks!

What’s a sheep’s favorite Christmas carol?
We wish ewe a merry Christmas.


Q: What is Count Dracula’s Christmas story?
A: The fright before Christmas!
Q: When does a reindeer have a trunk?
A: When he goes on vacation!
Q. What does Frosty the Snowman hang on his Christmas tree?
A: Icicles!


Tiny Timmy trims the tall tree with tinsel.
Hollie hangs holly here hoping happy holidays hurry.


Greg gets Glenn a great green gift!
Molly merrily mixes mincemeat!”
Ten tiny toy soldiers tinker with twenty toy trains.


Clever Carol carries crimson candles carefully.
Patsy picks pretty papered packages.



SIng to: “I’m a Little Teapot”

Here’s a little candle dressed in white,
Wearing a hat of yellow light.
When the night is dark, then you will see
Just how bright this light can be.
Here’s a little candle straight and tall,
Shining it’s light upon us all.
When the night is dark, then you will see
Just how bright this light can be.
Here’s a little candle burning bright.
Keeping us safe all through the night.
When the night is dark, then you will see
Just how bright this light can be!


CHRISTMAS CHEER  Tune:”We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

Let’s all do a little clapping,
Let’s all do a little clapping,
Let’s all do a little clapping,
& spread Christmas cheer.
You can change the clapping to other activities:
(Ask the kids for other ideas.)


Here is kind Joseph
And here is sweet Mary (hold up both index fingers)
She rode and he walked (hold donkey reins and walk in place)
On their Bethlehem journey
Here is the Inn (hold out hand as if to show the place)
Joseph knocked on the door (knocking motion)
But each bed was full:
There was no room for more (shake head no)
They were both tired (yawn)
It was late in the day.
So they went to the stable
To sleep on the hay (lay hands on side of head as if sleeping)
And there in the stable
That first Christmas morn
Jesus our Savior,
God’s own Son was born (rock a baby motion)
Who Loves Jesus?
Who loves little baby Jesus?
His mother, Mary loved him (count thumb)
Joseph loved him (count index finger)
The shepherds loved Him (count tall man)
The wise men love him (count ring finger)
And I love HIm. (point to self)
Do you love Him too? (point to others)


(hold up five fingers take one away as directed by poem)
5 little Christmas cookies on a plate by the door,
One was eaten and then there were four.
4 little Christmas cookies gazing up at me,
One was eaten and then there were three
3 little Christmas cookies enough for me and you
One was eaten and then there were two
2 little Christmas cookies sitting in the sun
One was eaten and then there was one.
1 little Christmas cookie better grab it fast
As you can see the others surely didn’t last.



This fun little song describes 12 gifts given on the 12 days leading up to Christmas. It is a fun song for children to sing, and might even help younger children with their counting skills.

On the first day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree

On the second day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the third day of Christmas
My true love sent to me



This unique song refers to a child who has lost his two front teeth and is having trouble wishing everyone a merry Christmas. Many children, especially those in elementary school, can relate to the song and enjoy singing it.

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.

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.”



Christmas is coming,
The geese are getting fat,
Please put a penny
In the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny,
A ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny,
Then God bless you.

Written by: Unknown, Copyright: Unknown

As I sat under a sycamore tree,
A sycamore tree, a sycamore tree,
I looked me out upon the sea
On Christ’s Sunday at morn.

I saw three ships a-sailing there,
A-sailing there, a sailing there,
Jesus Mary and Joseph they bare
On Christ’s Sunday at morn.

Joseph did whistle and Mary did sing,
Mary did sing, Mary did sing,
And all the bells on earth did ring
For joy our lord was born.

O they sailed in to Bethlehem,
To Bethlehem, to Bethlehem;
St Michael was the steersman,
St John sat in the horn.

And all the bells on earth did ring,
On earth did ring, on earth did ring;
‘Welcome be thou Heaven’s King,
On Christ’s Sunday at morn.’

christmas-01FINGER PLAY

(Action Rhyme)
Original Author Unknown

Clop, clop, clop went the donkey’s feet,
Clop, clop, clop down the stoney street.
Nod, nod, nod went Mary’s head.
She was tired, and she needed a bed.
Knock, knock, knock went Joseph at the door.
“Do you have room for anyone more?”
“No, No, No!” the innkeeper said,
“I don’t even have one more bed.”
“Wait, wait, wait,” the innkeeper said,
“You can use my stable for a bed.”
“Shh, shh, shh…What is that I hear?
The cry of Baby Jesus, oh so dear!”

(Action Rhyme)
Original Author Unknown

I took a lick of my peppermint stick
(Pretend to lick candy.)
And was it ever yummy!
(Lick lips.)
It used to be on my Christmas tree.
(Form tree shape with hands.)
Now, it’s in my tummy!
(Rub stomach.)




adapted from the Bible

And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And an angel of the Lord stood by them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this is the sign unto you; ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, Good will toward men.
And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph and the babe lying in the manger. And when they saw it, they made known concerning the saying which was spoken to them about this child. And all that heard it wondered at the things which were spoken unto them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken unto them.
And when eight days were fulfilled his name was called: JESUS


This is how it happened…I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree.

He placed his finger over his mouth so I would not cry out. “What are you doing?” I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat, and I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we all know.

He then answered me with a simple statement.


I was puzzled; what did he mean? He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa said,

  • “Teach the children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten.”

Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before the mantle.

  • “Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thoughts turning toward heaven.”

He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR.


What a fuss ! Dan the donkey rested from the hot sun under a small palm tree. Dan couldn’t remember a time when all the donkeys in town were in such great demand. He had already been out twice today and now he had just been hired to go all the way to Bethlehem. ‘Bother’, thought Dan. This census of Caesar’s didn’t make much ‘sensus’ to a tired donkey.
‘Well soon there’ll be one more person to count,’ thought Dan as Joseph helped Mary up on to his back. Mary was going to have a baby very soon. ‘I’m going to have to tread very carefully on the rough road,’ Dan said to himself.
Dan pricked up his ears when Mary chatted to Joseph about being visited by an angel. She also spoke about the special baby she was going to have. She called it ‘God’s Son’. Did the angel tell her it was to be a boy? Wow! This trip seemed as if it was going to be full of surprises.
Dan’s small legs were very weary when they finally arrived at Bethlehem. He could tell that Mary needed to lie down soon. Lots of people had rushed past them on the road to get registered. It was going to be very hard to find somewhere to stay tonight.
‘We’re full up! No vacancy!’ said the innkeeper. Dan turned his back sideways so the man at the door could get a good view of Mary. ‘C’mon, Mary needs to rest. Joseph tell him, tell him, about the angel!’ Dan wanted to call out, but all he could manage was a husky ‘eeyor’. Joseph patiently asked if there was somewhere else they could stay. Finally the innkeeper pointed Joseph to the stable around the back.
Moonlight shone through the small stable door as Joseph settled Mary. No doubt the special baby was coming soon. It looked like it was going to be a long night. Dan munched on some hay as he rested his tired head. What a day it had been!
The cry of a baby woke Dan from a restful dream. He looked up and saw Mary wrapping her baby in strips of cloth, then she lovingly cradled him and lay him gently in a manger. Mary said, ‘His name is Jesus, just as the angel said. He’s the Saviour, the Messiah, the King! Dan felt kind of proud that he had carried Mary and the baby all this way. There was no doubt that God was doing something wonderful.
Angels and shepherds, and later wisemen and gifts – and of course the babyJesus. That first Christmas was such a surprise! Dan wondered where it all would end.
Perhaps this was just the beginning!


A Christmas poem by Henry Van Dyke

To German children, in days of old;
Disguised in a random, rollicking rhyme
Like a merry mummer of ancient time,
And sent, in its English dress, to please
The little folk of the Christmas trees.”

A Little fir grew in the midst of the wood
Contented and happy, as young trees should.
His body was straight and his boughs were clean;
And summer and winter the bountiful sheen
Of his needles bedecked him, from top to root,
In a beautiful, all-the-year, evergreen suit.

But a trouble came into his heart one day,
When he saw that the other trees were gay
In the wonderful raiment that summer weaves
Of manifold shapes and kinds of leaves:
He looked at his needles so stiff and small,
And thought that his dress was the poorest of all.
Then jealousy clouded the
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God bless the master of this house,
The mistress also,
And all the little children,
That round the table go,
And all your kin and kinsmen
That dwell both far and near;
I wish you a merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year.
—Traditional from England



Sing hey! Sing hey!
For Christmas Day;
Twine mistletoe and holly,
For friendship glows
In winter snows
And so let’s all be jolly.


Winds thro’ the olive trees
Softly did blow,
Round little Bethlehem
Long, long ago.

Sheep on the hillside lay
Whiter than snow;
Shepherds were watching them,
Long, long ago.

Then from the happy sky,
Angels bent low,
Singin their songs of joy,
Long, long ago.

For in a manger bed,
Cradled we know,
Christ came to Bethlehem,
Long, long ago.
–Author Unknown






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