The season of snowfall, gifts, and Santa Claus - The Christmas season is almost here. And if you are someone, who like me, prefers to stay in their rooms on Christmas Eve, with warm blankets and hot chocolate while reading Christmas stories, then I got you covered!
The following are some short story recommendations that will help you get through the Christmas Eve.
1) A Stolen Christmas by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It was only a week before Christmas, but there was no snow, and the grass was quite bright in places. There were green lights over in the field, and also in the house yards. There was a soft dampness in the air, which brought spring to mind.
A Stolen Christmas which appeared in the Harper's Bazaar. It is a story about a poor mother who ends up stealing due to pressure and redeems herself later during Christmas Eve.
3) The Elves and the Shoemaker by Grimm Brothers
There was once a shoemaker, who worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon; and at last all he had in the world was gone, save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes.
The Elves and the Shoemaker appear in a collection of fairy tales written by the Grimm Brothers. It tells the story of a poor shoemaker and his wife who receive unexpected help from the elves, and hence in return, they decide to give the elves a gift.
4) Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see.”
Polar Express is a story written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg and was later adapted into a motion picture in 2004. The story is about a young boy who, on Christmas Eve, finds a mysterious train waiting outside his house. Without asking any questions, he climbs on the train and goes on a journey to the North Pole to find Santa Claus.
5) Merry Christmas by Stephen Leacock
"Give me back such days as those, with the old good cheer, the old stage coaches and the gabled inns and the warm red wine, the snapdragon and the Christmas-tree, and I'll believe again in Christmas, yes, in Father Christmas himself."
Merry Christmas, written by Stephen Leacock, is a story that appears in the collection of short stories, "Frenzied Fiction." The story was written during the First World War; a time when people had no reason to celebrate due to the horrors of the war. One night, two spirits visit a delusional author and try to give him hope and a reason to celebrate Christmas again.
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