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Happy holidays all!

We add new poems daily during the season, through Christmas, and list them below.

You can also enjoy the poems from past years' celebrations: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, and 2000 and see a list of all those poems here.


Along with our daily additions, we post holiday news and features here.


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All Holiday Poems


Listed Below Alphabetically by Poet, Classic Poets First

Poems are added daily through Christmas,
along with selected classic and contemporary favorites from past years' celebrations

Those marked are new in 2009; others are from the archive of Christmas poems

Click a title to go direct to a poem or use the pointer to
go from page to page


S. Omar Barker

Bunkhouse Christmas
A Cowboy's Christmas Prayer

Larry Chittenden

Cowboy's Christmas Ball

Badger Clark

Girl Wanted—Mistletoe

Bruce Kiskaddon

Merry Christmas
The Old Time Christmas

D. J. O'Malley 

A Busted Cowboy's Christmas

Buck Ramsey

Christmas Waltz

Owen Wister

 A Journey in Search of Christmas


David Althouse
How Pecos Bill Saved Christmas

J. W. Beeson
Christmas Serenade

C.W. (Charley) Bell
Big Jake's Christmas

Aspen Black
A Candle in the Window (Our Christmas Promise)

Feeding on Christmas (Art Spur)

Baxter Black
Rudolph's Night Off

Dean Cook
Grubline Carol

Doris Daley
A Christmas Prayer

Stephanie Davis
The Gift

Buckshot Dot (Dee Strickland Johnson)
The Star and the Humble Cowboy

Glen Enloe
An Old Ranch Christmas

Jack Goodman
Fixing Fence On Christmas Day

DW Groethe
Song in the Night

Michael Henley
Waitin' on a Stock Man (Art Spur)

Don Hilmer
The Right Kind
(Art Spur)

Yvonne Hollenbeck
The Perfect Gift

Bobbie Hunter
The Christmas at Winter Camp

Sam Jackson
Country Christmas

Joyce Johnson
Christmas Spirit

Hicks' Hereford Heifers (Art Spur)

Linda Kirkpatrick
One Less Chair at the Table

Jo Lynne Kirkwood
Bringin' Home Christmas

Deanna McCall
Gifts in the Hay

Susan Matley
Growing Girls
(Art Spur)

Al Mehl
The Misfit
(Art Spur)

Jane Morton
Christmas Memories

Curly Musgrave
Prairie Silent Night

Andy Nelson
Santa's Hired Hand

Rod Nichols
'Neath a Christmas Sky

Tom Nichols
Hereford Heifers (Art Spur)

 Dale Page
Hicks' Hereford Heifers
(Art Spur)

Mike Puhallo
Have a Politically Correct Green Christmas

Karl Reed
Santa Was a Cowboy

Pat Richardson
Here's to the Cowboys

Cade Schalla
The Christmas Bawl
(Art Spur)

Jay Snider
Santa's Helper

Colen Sweeten
Christmas Beneath the Stars

Hal Swift
Christmas Hayride

Diane Tribitt
A Christmas Tale

Harry (Bill) Wolf
The Gift

Larry Wines
Camelry Christmas

many more to come....





Click a title to go direct to a poem, use the pointers to
 go from page to page. 




See the links here for holiday news and more; our regular News Since the Last Newsletter is here.

See a complete list of all the holiday poems posted since 2000 here.

See the list of all the poems at the BAR-D here.



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