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Listed: Favourite Christmas Short Stories

I looove Christmas stories – all kinds of Christmas stories. The sappy ones that bring tears to your eyes, the funny ones that make you snort with laughter (don’t deny that you do that too! I know you do!), the ones that it just wouldn’t feel right to read at Christmastime… Love them all! Which is a little odd considering the fact that most of the time I don’t like short stories as a general rule.

These ones are my favourites.

(And yes I am including A Christmas Carol here as a short story, since it is a novella and takes no time at all to read.)

  1. The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott. Originally Published 1871. LT. (Even though a lot of people seem to be a little lukewarm about this one, it is my absolute favourite Christmas story!!)
  2. The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann. Originally Written 1816. LT.
  3. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Originally Published 1985. LT.
  4. Uncle Richard’s New Year’s Dinner by L.M. Montgomery. Included in Christmas with Anne. Collection published in 1996. LT.
  5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Originally Published 1843. LT.
  6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss. Originally Published 1957. LT.
  7. Duel in the Snow, or Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland Street Kid by Jean Shepherd. Included in In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. Collection published 1966. LT.
  8. The End of the Young Family Feud by L.M. Montgomery. Originally Published 1908. Included in Christmas with Anne. Collection published in 1996. LT.
  9. The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot. Originally Published 1976. LT.
  10. Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado. Originally Published 1998. LT.

Are there stories that you like to read every year at Christmas?

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Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:05 am December 13, 2010.
Category: Listed

  • kaye

    I just wanted to let you know I got your Christmas card. Thankyou so much. Your web page is fantastic. I love how you’ve organized it. It is very easy to navigate. What a great list of Christmas favorites. I just finished Lousia May Alcott’s “A Country Christmas” and so I was delighted with your suggestion to read “The Quiet Little Woman”. I hope to get to it at some point during the holiday. I just read “The Paper Bag Christmas” by Kevin Alan Milne. It was probably one of the best Christmas stories I’ve read. You might want to read it and see if it qualifies for your list. Have a Merry Christmas–and again thanks so much for the card.