This poem was also published in "Diary of Poems." I have used these holiday poems many times for meetings and parties in the past.
Christmas Eve found Santa Clause
At work without a pause
Elves hurried and they scurried
Time grown short they also scurried
Toys and treats lay round the floor
Then came a knocking at the door.
Mrs. Clause let a small elf fly in
With diamond snowflakes on his chin
“Give me a nice warm place to stay
Soon I’ll be on my merry way.”
“Nay, we’ll have your help instead
For all Earth’s children now in bed!”
The elf drew himself up to his full height
He made a fine and fancy sight
Garbed in a silk and satin suit
All red and green with golden fruit,
On pointed cap and boots, bells tinkled
His silver eyes smiled and twinkled.
“You want one like me to work?
Nay, from work I’ll always shirk!
You may look at me, admire
And show me to your toasty fire
Your hospitality please show
I’ll take a cup of rich cocoa.”
Santa heard and was not pleased
He picked up the elf and squeezed.
“I’ve no patience with a lazy elf
I’ll put you on this high, high shelf
Where you shall stay out of our sight
Until you learn to be polite!”
The elf then sat and watched the rush
As busy elves stirred up a dust
He saw bright gifts piled up in style
Santa’s pack appeared in awhile
Eight reindeer outside began to neigh
It seemed great fun was underway.
Thought he’d do well to join these things
The elf unfurled his golden wings
Flying beside the pretty stack
He jumped right into Santa’s pack
But soon he wished he’d fled instead
As he was thrown in Santa’s sled.
Reindeer soared through crystalline air
They had no time to spare
A full moon gave them welcome light
“Ho, Ho, Ho” rang through the night
Santa Claus brought Christmas toys
To all good girls and boys.
The reindeer pulled Santa to a final halt
Down one last chimney he did vault
“Mary lives here, the darling girl
She’s a fair and precious pearl
Who deserves an extraordinary toy
What have I left to bring her joy?”
Santa opened up his pack and in dismay
Spied the little stowaway
Out flew the proud elf in green and red
“I heard what you have said
Can’t you see to Mary I’ll appeal?
Don’t you know I’ll be ideal?”
The elf was surprised as he could be
As Santa tied him to the Christmas tree.
“Velvet ribbons will you adorn
Ensure you’re still here in the morn
Now I must go, it’s getting late
I’ll leave you to a happy fate.”
Christmas morn, Mary laughed in her delight
She loosed the bow holding her treasure tight
Then hugged and kissed him up and down
“You’re the most handsome elf in town
Will you stay, play, and leave me never?”
“YOU admire me…so I’ll stay forever!”
By Virginia L. Wylie