Category: Christmas Stories

  • The Pony Engine and the Pacific Express by William Dean Howells

    Christmas Eve, after the children had hung up their stockings and got all ready for St. Nic, they climbed up on the papa’s lap to kiss him good-night, and when they both got their arms round his neck, they said they were not going to bed till he told them a Christmas story. Then he…

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of…

  • Is There a Santa Claus? by Jacob Riis

    DEAR MR. RIIS: A little chap of six on the Western frontier writes to us: ‘Will you please tell me if there is a Santa Claus? Papa says not.’ Won’t you answer him?” That was the message that came to me from an editor last December just as I was going on a journey. Why…

  • Round the Yule-Log: Christmas in Norway by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen

    The wind was whistling through the old lime and maple trees opposite my windows, the snow was sweeping down the street, and the sky was black as a December sky can possibly be here in Christiania. I was in just as black a mood. It was Christmas Eve,—the first I was to spend away from…

  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen

    Out in the forest stood a pretty little Fir Tree. It had a good place; it could have sunlight, air there was in plenty, and all around grew many larger comrades—pines as well as firs. But the little Fir Tree wished ardently to become greater. It did not care for the warm sun and the…

  • The Cratchits’ Christmas Dinner by Charles Dickens

    Scrooge stood with the Ghost of Christmas Present in the city streets on Christmas morning, where (for the weather was severe) the people made a rough, but brisk and not unpleasant kind of music, in scraping the snow from the pavement in front of their dwellings, and from the tops of their houses: whence it…

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