Parenting Poetry

The Elf of Christmas Present: A Seasonal Poem

Fairy Lights Christmas
Written by Kirstie Pelling

An Elf Poem for Christmas

As I was buying up my selection of virtual i-Tunes gift vouchers to give away to friends and family, it struck me that these gifts don’t actually exist. At least not in the physical sense.

Which got me wondering what the elves must think about that?  Which got me talking to the kids about it. Which got me thinking about an elf poem for Christmas. So I decided to write a poem from the point of view of a Christmas Elf.  

It’s my gift to you; home made and seasonal and real and created with love. Even if it is delivered virtually. I hope you enjoy it.

Christmas Gift


The Elf of Christmas Present

I read your letter to my boss Santa.

He passed it on after scanning your list

for anything special, or specialist.

Scrawled or unsigned, spoilt or unlined,

with my M.Sc. in calligraphy

handwritten lists don’t worry me.


I worked through your letter beginning “Dear Santa.”

(They almost always begin with this

and then they turn into a shopping list.)

To be very candid, you could try and craft it

a haiku or tweet would be enough

to be different from ‘Just give me stuff!’


Your likes and your wants? They’re different these days;

the new ways of living and modern technology

brought my fellow elves widescale redundancy.

We elves won’t go viral, have no truck with Pay Pal

we don’t make your books since the rise of the Kindle

we once made your music but that’s gone to Apple.


Barbie, Monopoly, Twilight the Trilogy

just can’t compete with the Fire from Amazon

a Red Letter Day, or your magazine subscription.

E-bay may yet take us out of recession

but till then please keep toys and games on your wish list

or I’ll soon be gone from the run up to Christmas.


Happy Christmas from the Family Adventure Project

An elf poem for Christmas

An Elf poem for Christmas

If you’d like to write your own poem with your kids then check out my How to Write a Poem with Kids post.

About the author

Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the Editor of The Family Adventure Project. A professional writer and poet, she's the creative and journalistic force behind many of the stories and features published here. She's a co-founder and co-director of The Family Adventure Project and also works as the #poetinmotion producing and performing poetry for print, video and live performance.


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