Ready to start a fun new tradition using great Christmas short stories?
Most families have a Christmas tradition or two that they look forward to sharing together year after year. Traditions draw us closer together and allow us to slow down and enjoy the Christmas season; they’re also something special to share with future generations. If you don’t have a Christmas tradition, try reading Christmas short stories together this year! It’s free, meaningful and gives a slight pause to each day of the hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season.
Begin on December 1st and read a story each night until Christmas. You may want to plan ahead by having each family member pick out several of their favorite holiday stories to have on hand. You can borrow some from your local library, download them to your iPod (many can be downloaded free), or listen to audio stories. If you are stuck and don’t have enough favorites for each day, explore some new stories. We’ve created a list below to help get you started.
Make story time special by turning off the TV, computers, and iPods after dinner each night (unless of course, you’ve downloaded your Christmas short stories to your iPod). Light some candles, or gather the family around the lit Christmas tree. Make some apple cider or hot chocolate and have a small treat like a Christmas sugar cookie or shortbread to go with your hot drink. Then settle in to read, or listen to, your Christmas short stories.
You’ll be surprised at how much your family will look forward to this quiet time with each other and you may even have some wonderful conversations during or after reading these timeless Christmas short stories together. Story time is also a great way to wind everyone down before bed, both young and old.
Make this Christmas special and begin a tradition that your family will look forward to each year. Your kids will remember this tradition and may even pass it on to their kids someday!
Here are some stories to get you started. You can find many of these free online.
- The Gift, by R. Louis Carroll
- The Story of Babouska
- T’was the Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore
- The Christmas Story, the Bible – Matthew Chapters 1&2
- The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry
- The Little Match Seller, by Hans Christian Anderson
- The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde
- The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum
- A Kidnapped Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum
- The Cobbler and His Guest, by Anne McCollum Boyles
- The Story of the Candy Cane
We hope that you enjoy reading them and continue the tradition for years to come.