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Top Ten Christmas Stories

The Gift of the Magi – O
The Gift of the Magi – O

"The Gift of the Magi" is a short story, written by O. Henry (a pen name for William Sydney Porter), about a young husband and wife and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money.

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The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Anderson
The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Anderson

The Little Match Girl, also titled, The Little Matchstick Girl is one of our Favorite Fairy Tales. Published by Hans Christian Andersen in 1845, it exemplifies his broad literary talent and ability. I personally like to read this story at least twice a year, once in Autumn as the holiday season comes into focus, and then again around the Christmas holiday.

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas, commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843; the first edition was illustrated by John Leech.

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A Letter From Santa Claus – Mark Twain
A Letter From Santa Claus – Mark Twain

In 1875, Mark Twain wrote a letter to his daughter Susie, who was 3 years old at the time, which he signed "Your loving Santa Claus." You can read it in its entirety below, but first a little bit of pretext.

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Papa Panov's Special Christmas – Leo Tolstoy
Papa Panov's Special Christmas – Leo Tolstoy

Papa Panov's Special Christmas is a short children's story by Leo Tolstoy with heavy Christian themes. Leo Tolstoy, a literature giant, is known for his lengthy novels such as War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

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The Elves and the Shoemaker – Brothers Grimm
The Elves and the Shoemaker – Brothers Grimm

"The Elves and the Shoemaker" is a story by the Brothers Grimm. Take a look at this tale for the holidays. The Elves and the Shoemaker Once upon a time there was a poor shoemaker. He made excellent shoes and worked quite diligently, but even so he could not earn enough to support himself and his family.

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