- The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
A sad and beautiful story to remind us all to be thankful and charitable and to appreciate what we have at Christmas time.
- The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
A young married couple-- rich in love, poor in money-- buy each other gifts and teach all of us about sacrifice and giving.
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
One of the most enduring Christmas stories of all time, a morality tale of the bitter old miser, Ebeneezer Scrooge, who has a change of heart after visits from the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
- The Elves and the Shoemaker by The Brothers Grimm
A poor shoemaker and his wife are down to their last piece of leather when their fortunes change thanks to help from talented elves.
- The Fir-Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
A tree can't wait to grow up and achieve great things, rather than appreciate the present.
- The Last Dream of Old Oak by Hans Christian Andersen
An unlikely conversation between and old oak and a mayfly that delightfully illustrates the wonder of perspective.
- Christmas Jenny by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
"Bein' a missionary to robins an' starvin' chippies an' little deaf an' dumb children is jest as good as some other kinds, an' that's what she is."
- A Christmas Dream, and How It Came to be True by Louisa May Alcott
- Christmas; or, The Good Fairy by Harriet Beecher Stowe
A precious story about the joy of thoughtful gift-giving and the appreciation of recipients.
- Papa Panov's Special Christmas by Leo Tolstoy
An old man welcomes strangers into his home, a story of compassion and kindness.
- The Night Before Christmas: A Morality by William Dean Howells
Clarence Fountain is quite cynical about the pretense of self-deception about Santa Claus as his children grow older; that is, until his family leads him to a complete change of heart.
- Merry Christmas by Stephen Leacock
A man struggling to write a Christmas story gets a visit from Father Time to discuss what's wrong with Christmas, then is treated to Father Christmas' arrival, rekindling his true belief in the season's magic.
- A Stolen Christmas by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Marg'ret had given up hope of "getting up a notch" in life, and now had to resolve her remorse for stealing that parcel.
- The Gospel According to Joan by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Who was teaching whom about charity and generosity? Freeman delivers some unexpected twists, a perfect holiday story about compassion for those in need.
- The Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke
This is the story of the fourth wise man who did not arrive with his brethren and whose desires were denied, yet accomplished.
- Cousin Tribulation's Story by Louisa May Alcott
A heartwarming story about an oatmeal parade and "angel-children" who help a family in need.
- What the Bell Saw and Said by Louisa May Alcott
Six bell spirits gather to assess the world's state of affairs on Christmas Eve; Alcott's State of the Union address, had she occasion to deliver one.
- Christmas at Red Butte by Lucy Maud Montgomery
By the author of Anne of Green Gables
, this story is set in the harsh plains of Saskatchewan. Sometimes the best times come at the hardest times.
- Whistling Dick's Christmas Stocking by O. Henry
A story about a railway tramp who retrieves a package from a young lady's wagon.
- A Country Christmas by Louisa May Alcott
Sophie invites her dear friend Emily for a real old-fashioned Christmas frolic away from the city.
- How Christmas Came to the Santa Maria Flats by Elia W. Peattie
How will Santa deliver presents? The lease says no peddlers or agents can enter the apartment building-- how will be the most famous toy peddler get in?
- Captain Eli's Best Ear by Frank Stockton
"If I'd only slept with my hard-o'-hearin' ear up," he said to himself, "I'd never have heard it."
- The First Christmas of New England by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Stowe describes the arrival of the Mayflower and the settlers' very first holiday celebrations.
- The Christmas Ghost by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Jane White came to realize that love and kindness were not such strangers upon the earth as she had thought.
- Betty's Bright Idea by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Celebrating the joy of giving, Betty brainstorms thoughtful gifts each recipient will appreciate the most.
- Christmas in Poganuc by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Dolly is too young to join the other colonialists as they gather at the church Christmas greens to celebrate.
- Christmas by Washington Irving
The infamous headless horseman author offers a lovely Christmas reverie about its festivities.
- Uncle Richard's New Year Dinner by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Nothing melts an old family feud like a home cooked dinner from the heart to start the year off right. By the author of Anne of Green Gables
- What Christmas is as We Grow Older by Charles Dickens
A personal and optimistic view savoring Christmas as a time for reconciliation of our losses and hopes.
- A Christmas Tree by Charles Dickens
An old man reminisces about his childhood Christmases.
- How the Captain Made Christmas by Thomas Nelson Page
A train conductor shares memories about home and promises of love on this Christmas ride to New Orleans.
- At Christmas Time by Anton Chekhov
Illiterate parents commission a letter which delights their estranged married daughter in St. Petersburg.
- Vanka by Anton Chekhov
An orphaned boy writes a letter to his grandfather on Christmas Eve, sharing his sparse but warm remembrances of family.
- A Christmas-Eve Suit by Edward Payson Roe
A young, eligible lawyer tries to decide which lady will suit him best.
- A Russian Christmas Party by Leo Tolstoy
The family is on the brink of ruin, so Nicolas' mother pushes an arranged marriage, though he loves a poor girl.
- Susie Rolliffe's Christmas by Edward Payson Roe
Answering the call after Bunker Hill, Zeke thought fighting the British would be like an expedition with the same elements as a bear hunt; then Susie got his attention.
- Christmas Eve in War Times by Edward Payson Roe
This story concerns the fate of Private Anson Marlow, Union soldier.
- A Burglar's Christmas by Willa Cather
In an unpredictable and unforgiving world, sometimes deception and permission may be the greatest gifts of all.
- A College Santa Clause by Ralph Henry Barbour
A story of friendship and compassion when classmates spend the holidays on campus.
- The Thin Santa Claus by Ellis Parker Butler
There's chickens stolen, toober-chlosis bugs, and now Mrs. Gratz may actually believe in Santa after all.
- Keeping Christmas by Henry van Dyke
An inspiring Christmas Day sermon.
- The First Christmas Tree by Henry van Dyke
Saint Boniface translates a parable of a soldier into the realities of life.
- A Dream-story: The Christmas Angel by Henry van Dyke
A story about what angels do: "There is no cure for this evil, but by the giving of greater force to the good hand."
- A Christmas Sermon by Robert Louis Stevenson
"If we require so much of ourselves, shall we not require much of others?"
- The Christmas Wreck by Frank Stockton
No use being in a hurry for a good wind or Christmas, both will come when they're ready.