Top Holiday Stories Of All Time
From well-known classics like Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, to more modern day stories such as The Polar Express there are many wonderful tales that capture the essence of the magic of the holidays. Here's a short list of the most popular holiday stories of all time. If you don't already have them on your bookshelf, you can visit your local library to check out these seasonal favorites.
The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg
This delightful children's book follows a group of boys and girls on a train ride to the North Pole, where one boy receives the first gift of Christmas: a bell from a reindeer's harness. The boy loses the bell, but his sister finds it under the tree on Christmas morning. The book ends with a famous quote, which is also featured in the 2004 film: "At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe." If you can't get enough of this classic tale, you can visit the story's website.
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
Experience a true Victorian Christmas in one of the best-loved stories of "the man who invented Christmas," English writer Charles Dickens. Published in 1843, this hearwarming tale follows Ebeneezer Scrooge, a cruel miser who hates Christmas. When he is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns lessons of charity, kindness and goodwill.
The Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore
This simple yet magical poem originally titled A Visit From St. Nicholas, was written in 1822 and is traditionally read by many families every Christmas Eve. Prior to the creation of the story, St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children had never been associated with a sleigh or reindeer.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss
Another story often considered a must-read, this timeless tale by the ingenious Dr. Seuss is a comical narrative about how the Christmas spirit can inspire even the smallest and coldest of hearts. "The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! / Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason." The rhyming story about the grumpy hermit who hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville was also made into a TV cartoon (1966) and feature film (2000).
Skipping Christmas, John Grisham
Imagine a year without Christmas! Luther and Nora Krank decide that just this once they'll skip the holiday altogether and go on a cruise instead. Theirs will be the only house on the street without the required outdoor Christmas decorations (namely a giant rooftop Frosty the snowman), they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve party, and they aren't even going to have a tree. But as the couple is about to find out, skipping Christmas brings unexpected consequences, and isn't as easy as they imagined.
The Gift Of The Magi, O. Henry
Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this classic piece of American literature tells the story of a young couple and how each of them gives up a most treasured possession to buy the other a gift. The gifts are useless as a result, but the moral of the story reveals that the true unselfish love that the characters, Jim and Della, share is greater than their possessions.
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