9 Favorite Christmas Stories

XmasChlo Anne here (with reindog), thinking about Christmas, in particular Christmas stories and books I have loved. Some of these stories were an integral part of my family Christmas traditions, and others I came to as an adult.

1. The Good Little Christmas Tree
My all time favorite Christmas picture book, by Ursula Moray Williams. Ours was my mother's copy, an old, battered, much beloved first edition, with illustrations made of papercuts, done by the author herself. Each year, as the story was read and reread, I'd marvel over the bright, bold, beautiful illustrations, made simply by cutting bits of paper. I'm sure I tried to make my own paper pictures, but nothing came close.

Motherbakingcookies And the story itself is lovely. It's about a poor peasant family – a mother, father and  a boy and a girl, who have never had a Christmas tree before. After the children are asleep, the father brings out a little Christmas tree, and the mother bakes cookies to hang on the tree, but that's all they have to decorate it, so they're a bit sad.

In the night, the little Christmas tree goes in search of things to make him more beautiful and make the poor family happy. He meets all kinds or people and creatures, and bit by bit he trades cookies and pine needles and branches for things to make him a worthy Christmas tree — icicles, bright toadstools, diamonds, a toy for each of the children, etc. But by the time he's traded everything, he is a poor ragged tree and is too ashamed to return.

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He meets St Nicholas, and begs him to take off all the pretty things and give them to another tree, so that the good family will not be disappointed. But St. Nicholas touches him, and all his branches and pine-needles grow back and he looks beautiful.(I always tear up at this point) St Nicholas leads him home in a beautiful procession.

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 2. The Small One

Do you know the story by Charles Tazewell? It's about the donkey who carries Mary to Bethlehem. We had a scratchy old recording of Bing Crosby reading this story, and, it being about a donkey — and I was very fond of donkeys — I loved it. We'd put the record on after dinner, when it was quiet, with the Christmas tree lights blinking and the tinsel gleaming, and just listen.You can read it here.


LittlestAngel 3. The Littlest Angel 

Another gorgeous story by Charles Tazewell — we had this one as a book, I think. I remember my dad reading it. Mum sometimes read it, too, but she always got choked up. Something I never realized then, was that the story was published after World War Two, when so many people were grieving for their lost sons and would be remembering them as little boys, which makes the story that much more poignant.

4. The Night Before Christmas 
This classic, by Clement C. Moore, was always recited, usually by my father, sometimes interspersed with verses by my mother, and we children grew to know it too, and join in. I always imagined the "visions of sugar plums" as ballet dancers dancing the nutcracker suite, for some reason.

5. The Father Christmas Letters ChristmasLetters
This is a collection of the letters J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to his children as Father Christmas. Delightful letters from the North Pole written in dark spidery writing, with beautiful and sometimes funny illustrations also done by Tolkien. I discovered this book when I was at university and I fell in love with it completely.
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6. A Christmas Carol 
I can't remember a time I didn't know this story by Charles Dickens, but it took on another special meaning when I began teaching adults how to read. I used to run a "book club" for adults learning to read — there were people in it aged 16 to 82 years. Some were young tearaway teens, some had been born overseas and never had any schooling in English (and often not their first language, too) and some people had simply never learned to read in school. XmasCarol
We used to read an abridged version of this story together, and the kick they got from reading it, and gradually realizing they'd seen this in movies, and working out all the references in popular culture that came from a man born almost 200 years ago — and it was still a fantastic story — well, it made the reading of this book each year very special. 

7. A Child's Christmas in Wales 
It's by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. I'm told the very best way to hear this story is to hear a recording of Dylan Thomas himself reading it — or at the very least a good Welsh actor. It has the lushest language. Here's an example:

All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find. In goes my hand into that wool-white bell-tongued ball of holidays resting at the rim of the carol-singing sea, and out come Mrs. Prothero and the firemen. 

And thus the story starts…  You can read it here.
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8.  The Gift of the Magi
O. Henry's short story. I read it with my classes each year and each year the women get choked up and the men harrumph a lot and pretend not to be choked up, too.You can read it here.

Hogfather 9.  Hogfather
Terry Pratchett's 20th Discworld novel. It's the perfect book to listen to as you drive to and from your family Christmas gathering. An antidote to all the sugary stuff, this is the story of how the Auditors plot to assassinate the Hogfather because he doesn't fit into their view of How The World Should Be. The Hogfather goes into hiding, and Death temporarily takes on his role, dressed in a long red robe. I won't explain much more, except to say it's very funny, especially if you're a devotee (as I am) of Pratchett's disc world series. If not, you might find it slightly bewildering at first, but hang in there — you'll soon be addicted.

So that's 9 favorite books of mine. I know I've left out plenty, so I'm leaving the #10 spot for you all to suggest one (or more) of your favorite Christmas stories.

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  1. Aside from A Christmas Carol, my favorite Christmas stories (no surprise) are regency romances. My favorite of these is Edith Layton’s novelette ‘The Hounds of Heaven’ from one of the old Signet regency Christmas anthologies, which I pull out for a Christmas reread every year, along with some kleenex.
    There are two children’s books I particularly love, for the beautiful illustrations – A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown & Anne Mortimer, and Cats and Carols by Leslie Anne Ivory.

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  2. Aside from A Christmas Carol, my favorite Christmas stories (no surprise) are regency romances. My favorite of these is Edith Layton’s novelette ‘The Hounds of Heaven’ from one of the old Signet regency Christmas anthologies, which I pull out for a Christmas reread every year, along with some kleenex.
    There are two children’s books I particularly love, for the beautiful illustrations – A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown & Anne Mortimer, and Cats and Carols by Leslie Anne Ivory.

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  3. Aside from A Christmas Carol, my favorite Christmas stories (no surprise) are regency romances. My favorite of these is Edith Layton’s novelette ‘The Hounds of Heaven’ from one of the old Signet regency Christmas anthologies, which I pull out for a Christmas reread every year, along with some kleenex.
    There are two children’s books I particularly love, for the beautiful illustrations – A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown & Anne Mortimer, and Cats and Carols by Leslie Anne Ivory.

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  4. Aside from A Christmas Carol, my favorite Christmas stories (no surprise) are regency romances. My favorite of these is Edith Layton’s novelette ‘The Hounds of Heaven’ from one of the old Signet regency Christmas anthologies, which I pull out for a Christmas reread every year, along with some kleenex.
    There are two children’s books I particularly love, for the beautiful illustrations – A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown & Anne Mortimer, and Cats and Carols by Leslie Anne Ivory.

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  5. Aside from A Christmas Carol, my favorite Christmas stories (no surprise) are regency romances. My favorite of these is Edith Layton’s novelette ‘The Hounds of Heaven’ from one of the old Signet regency Christmas anthologies, which I pull out for a Christmas reread every year, along with some kleenex.
    There are two children’s books I particularly love, for the beautiful illustrations – A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown & Anne Mortimer, and Cats and Carols by Leslie Anne Ivory.

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  6. A great list, Anne! The Good Little Christmas Tree is new to me, but I love the rest. I think The Father Christmas Letters are underappreciated.
    I have a tattered copy of The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin (of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm fame), a lachrymose Victorian tale that left me a sodden mess when my mother read it to us as children and which still moves me to tears, even as the critic in me scoffs “Sheer sentimentality.” Reading Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever aloud is one of my favorite Christmas rituals. I’ve read it to groups ranging from preschoolers to a 70+ group, and they all loved it. A new favorite is Winter Lights by Anna Grossnickle Hines, a book that celebrates all the winter holidays with poems and the most gorgeous quilts the author created to illustrate the book.

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  7. A great list, Anne! The Good Little Christmas Tree is new to me, but I love the rest. I think The Father Christmas Letters are underappreciated.
    I have a tattered copy of The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin (of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm fame), a lachrymose Victorian tale that left me a sodden mess when my mother read it to us as children and which still moves me to tears, even as the critic in me scoffs “Sheer sentimentality.” Reading Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever aloud is one of my favorite Christmas rituals. I’ve read it to groups ranging from preschoolers to a 70+ group, and they all loved it. A new favorite is Winter Lights by Anna Grossnickle Hines, a book that celebrates all the winter holidays with poems and the most gorgeous quilts the author created to illustrate the book.

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  8. A great list, Anne! The Good Little Christmas Tree is new to me, but I love the rest. I think The Father Christmas Letters are underappreciated.
    I have a tattered copy of The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin (of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm fame), a lachrymose Victorian tale that left me a sodden mess when my mother read it to us as children and which still moves me to tears, even as the critic in me scoffs “Sheer sentimentality.” Reading Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever aloud is one of my favorite Christmas rituals. I’ve read it to groups ranging from preschoolers to a 70+ group, and they all loved it. A new favorite is Winter Lights by Anna Grossnickle Hines, a book that celebrates all the winter holidays with poems and the most gorgeous quilts the author created to illustrate the book.

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  9. A great list, Anne! The Good Little Christmas Tree is new to me, but I love the rest. I think The Father Christmas Letters are underappreciated.
    I have a tattered copy of The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin (of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm fame), a lachrymose Victorian tale that left me a sodden mess when my mother read it to us as children and which still moves me to tears, even as the critic in me scoffs “Sheer sentimentality.” Reading Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever aloud is one of my favorite Christmas rituals. I’ve read it to groups ranging from preschoolers to a 70+ group, and they all loved it. A new favorite is Winter Lights by Anna Grossnickle Hines, a book that celebrates all the winter holidays with poems and the most gorgeous quilts the author created to illustrate the book.

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  10. A great list, Anne! The Good Little Christmas Tree is new to me, but I love the rest. I think The Father Christmas Letters are underappreciated.
    I have a tattered copy of The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin (of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm fame), a lachrymose Victorian tale that left me a sodden mess when my mother read it to us as children and which still moves me to tears, even as the critic in me scoffs “Sheer sentimentality.” Reading Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever aloud is one of my favorite Christmas rituals. I’ve read it to groups ranging from preschoolers to a 70+ group, and they all loved it. A new favorite is Winter Lights by Anna Grossnickle Hines, a book that celebrates all the winter holidays with poems and the most gorgeous quilts the author created to illustrate the book.

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  11. Laughing, laughing —
    I DOUBLE DOG DARE any parent to read ‘Littlest Angel’ without choking up in tears. Used to do a lot of storytimes, etc. and that was the only one I refused to do.
    Another family Christmas tradition is the kids at home laughing at me tears running down my face at any children’s choir doing ‘Little Drummer Boy.’

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  12. Laughing, laughing —
    I DOUBLE DOG DARE any parent to read ‘Littlest Angel’ without choking up in tears. Used to do a lot of storytimes, etc. and that was the only one I refused to do.
    Another family Christmas tradition is the kids at home laughing at me tears running down my face at any children’s choir doing ‘Little Drummer Boy.’

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  13. Laughing, laughing —
    I DOUBLE DOG DARE any parent to read ‘Littlest Angel’ without choking up in tears. Used to do a lot of storytimes, etc. and that was the only one I refused to do.
    Another family Christmas tradition is the kids at home laughing at me tears running down my face at any children’s choir doing ‘Little Drummer Boy.’

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  14. Laughing, laughing —
    I DOUBLE DOG DARE any parent to read ‘Littlest Angel’ without choking up in tears. Used to do a lot of storytimes, etc. and that was the only one I refused to do.
    Another family Christmas tradition is the kids at home laughing at me tears running down my face at any children’s choir doing ‘Little Drummer Boy.’

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  15. Laughing, laughing —
    I DOUBLE DOG DARE any parent to read ‘Littlest Angel’ without choking up in tears. Used to do a lot of storytimes, etc. and that was the only one I refused to do.
    Another family Christmas tradition is the kids at home laughing at me tears running down my face at any children’s choir doing ‘Little Drummer Boy.’

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  16. Janice, I didn’t think of Christmas romances at all (slaps self on head). I have some favorite Christmas romances from anthologies, too. I don’t have that one of Edith’s, but I might be able to hunt it down. There was a time when each year saw a flurry of new Christmas anthologies published, but that’s dropped considerably. I’m not sure why.

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  17. Janice, I didn’t think of Christmas romances at all (slaps self on head). I have some favorite Christmas romances from anthologies, too. I don’t have that one of Edith’s, but I might be able to hunt it down. There was a time when each year saw a flurry of new Christmas anthologies published, but that’s dropped considerably. I’m not sure why.

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  18. Janice, I didn’t think of Christmas romances at all (slaps self on head). I have some favorite Christmas romances from anthologies, too. I don’t have that one of Edith’s, but I might be able to hunt it down. There was a time when each year saw a flurry of new Christmas anthologies published, but that’s dropped considerably. I’m not sure why.

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  19. Janice, I didn’t think of Christmas romances at all (slaps self on head). I have some favorite Christmas romances from anthologies, too. I don’t have that one of Edith’s, but I might be able to hunt it down. There was a time when each year saw a flurry of new Christmas anthologies published, but that’s dropped considerably. I’m not sure why.

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  20. Janice, I didn’t think of Christmas romances at all (slaps self on head). I have some favorite Christmas romances from anthologies, too. I don’t have that one of Edith’s, but I might be able to hunt it down. There was a time when each year saw a flurry of new Christmas anthologies published, but that’s dropped considerably. I’m not sure why.

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  21. Janga, The Good Little Christmas Tree is still in print — just not with the bright paper cut illustrations I love so much. The new illustrations are pretty, though, and the story is still lovely.
    I’ve heard about the “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” but not seen a copy. I’ve heard it’s very funny. I’ll try to hunt up the other titles you’ve suggested, too — thanks for the recommendations.

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  22. Janga, The Good Little Christmas Tree is still in print — just not with the bright paper cut illustrations I love so much. The new illustrations are pretty, though, and the story is still lovely.
    I’ve heard about the “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” but not seen a copy. I’ve heard it’s very funny. I’ll try to hunt up the other titles you’ve suggested, too — thanks for the recommendations.

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  23. Janga, The Good Little Christmas Tree is still in print — just not with the bright paper cut illustrations I love so much. The new illustrations are pretty, though, and the story is still lovely.
    I’ve heard about the “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” but not seen a copy. I’ve heard it’s very funny. I’ll try to hunt up the other titles you’ve suggested, too — thanks for the recommendations.

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  24. Janga, The Good Little Christmas Tree is still in print — just not with the bright paper cut illustrations I love so much. The new illustrations are pretty, though, and the story is still lovely.
    I’ve heard about the “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” but not seen a copy. I’ve heard it’s very funny. I’ll try to hunt up the other titles you’ve suggested, too — thanks for the recommendations.

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  25. Janga, The Good Little Christmas Tree is still in print — just not with the bright paper cut illustrations I love so much. The new illustrations are pretty, though, and the story is still lovely.
    I’ve heard about the “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” but not seen a copy. I’ve heard it’s very funny. I’ll try to hunt up the other titles you’ve suggested, too — thanks for the recommendations.

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  26. Peggy, when i was a kid I used to laugh at my mother for getting choked up in certain stories or songs, and now I’m exactly the same. And pretty much choke up in the same places.
    I love the little drummer boy. Haven’t seen it as a story, but choke up in the song every time.
    Jean, lovely to “meet” someone who’s also read and loved the Father Christmas letters. I wish they’d bring out a new edition — I’d can think of so many people I’d give it to as a Christmas present.

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  27. Peggy, when i was a kid I used to laugh at my mother for getting choked up in certain stories or songs, and now I’m exactly the same. And pretty much choke up in the same places.
    I love the little drummer boy. Haven’t seen it as a story, but choke up in the song every time.
    Jean, lovely to “meet” someone who’s also read and loved the Father Christmas letters. I wish they’d bring out a new edition — I’d can think of so many people I’d give it to as a Christmas present.

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  28. Peggy, when i was a kid I used to laugh at my mother for getting choked up in certain stories or songs, and now I’m exactly the same. And pretty much choke up in the same places.
    I love the little drummer boy. Haven’t seen it as a story, but choke up in the song every time.
    Jean, lovely to “meet” someone who’s also read and loved the Father Christmas letters. I wish they’d bring out a new edition — I’d can think of so many people I’d give it to as a Christmas present.

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  29. Peggy, when i was a kid I used to laugh at my mother for getting choked up in certain stories or songs, and now I’m exactly the same. And pretty much choke up in the same places.
    I love the little drummer boy. Haven’t seen it as a story, but choke up in the song every time.
    Jean, lovely to “meet” someone who’s also read and loved the Father Christmas letters. I wish they’d bring out a new edition — I’d can think of so many people I’d give it to as a Christmas present.

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  30. Peggy, when i was a kid I used to laugh at my mother for getting choked up in certain stories or songs, and now I’m exactly the same. And pretty much choke up in the same places.
    I love the little drummer boy. Haven’t seen it as a story, but choke up in the song every time.
    Jean, lovely to “meet” someone who’s also read and loved the Father Christmas letters. I wish they’d bring out a new edition — I’d can think of so many people I’d give it to as a Christmas present.

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  31. Oh, I love “the Night Before Christmas”. I had a picture book of it when I was a kid, and I read it every year. But I never figured out how Santa got down our chimney because it ended in the stove.
    As for “A Christmas Carol”, I loved the cartoon “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol”. After I read the book, I saw the cartoon again and realized quite a few of the lines were actually taken from Dickens.
    But my absolute favorite when I was a kid wasn’t a book. It was a claymation TV Christmas special, “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. I waited for that all year. I always wondered how Rudolf fit into Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas.” Did Rudolf displace Dasher or Prancer or one of the other reindeer? I finally got over Rudolf after I left for college.

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  32. Oh, I love “the Night Before Christmas”. I had a picture book of it when I was a kid, and I read it every year. But I never figured out how Santa got down our chimney because it ended in the stove.
    As for “A Christmas Carol”, I loved the cartoon “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol”. After I read the book, I saw the cartoon again and realized quite a few of the lines were actually taken from Dickens.
    But my absolute favorite when I was a kid wasn’t a book. It was a claymation TV Christmas special, “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. I waited for that all year. I always wondered how Rudolf fit into Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas.” Did Rudolf displace Dasher or Prancer or one of the other reindeer? I finally got over Rudolf after I left for college.

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  33. Oh, I love “the Night Before Christmas”. I had a picture book of it when I was a kid, and I read it every year. But I never figured out how Santa got down our chimney because it ended in the stove.
    As for “A Christmas Carol”, I loved the cartoon “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol”. After I read the book, I saw the cartoon again and realized quite a few of the lines were actually taken from Dickens.
    But my absolute favorite when I was a kid wasn’t a book. It was a claymation TV Christmas special, “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. I waited for that all year. I always wondered how Rudolf fit into Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas.” Did Rudolf displace Dasher or Prancer or one of the other reindeer? I finally got over Rudolf after I left for college.

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  34. Oh, I love “the Night Before Christmas”. I had a picture book of it when I was a kid, and I read it every year. But I never figured out how Santa got down our chimney because it ended in the stove.
    As for “A Christmas Carol”, I loved the cartoon “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol”. After I read the book, I saw the cartoon again and realized quite a few of the lines were actually taken from Dickens.
    But my absolute favorite when I was a kid wasn’t a book. It was a claymation TV Christmas special, “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. I waited for that all year. I always wondered how Rudolf fit into Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas.” Did Rudolf displace Dasher or Prancer or one of the other reindeer? I finally got over Rudolf after I left for college.

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  35. Oh, I love “the Night Before Christmas”. I had a picture book of it when I was a kid, and I read it every year. But I never figured out how Santa got down our chimney because it ended in the stove.
    As for “A Christmas Carol”, I loved the cartoon “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol”. After I read the book, I saw the cartoon again and realized quite a few of the lines were actually taken from Dickens.
    But my absolute favorite when I was a kid wasn’t a book. It was a claymation TV Christmas special, “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. I waited for that all year. I always wondered how Rudolf fit into Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas.” Did Rudolf displace Dasher or Prancer or one of the other reindeer? I finally got over Rudolf after I left for college.

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  36. Great list! The Good Little Christmas Tree is a new one for me too but the illustration looks beautiful, and I’m sure it was amazing with the cutouts. My favorite is most definitely The Christmas Carol. I can’t believe I’ve never actually read the Father Christmas letters, it’s been on my radar for ever… perhaps I’ll have to pick it up this year for a Christmas read.

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  37. Great list! The Good Little Christmas Tree is a new one for me too but the illustration looks beautiful, and I’m sure it was amazing with the cutouts. My favorite is most definitely The Christmas Carol. I can’t believe I’ve never actually read the Father Christmas letters, it’s been on my radar for ever… perhaps I’ll have to pick it up this year for a Christmas read.

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  38. Great list! The Good Little Christmas Tree is a new one for me too but the illustration looks beautiful, and I’m sure it was amazing with the cutouts. My favorite is most definitely The Christmas Carol. I can’t believe I’ve never actually read the Father Christmas letters, it’s been on my radar for ever… perhaps I’ll have to pick it up this year for a Christmas read.

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  39. Great list! The Good Little Christmas Tree is a new one for me too but the illustration looks beautiful, and I’m sure it was amazing with the cutouts. My favorite is most definitely The Christmas Carol. I can’t believe I’ve never actually read the Father Christmas letters, it’s been on my radar for ever… perhaps I’ll have to pick it up this year for a Christmas read.

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  40. Great list! The Good Little Christmas Tree is a new one for me too but the illustration looks beautiful, and I’m sure it was amazing with the cutouts. My favorite is most definitely The Christmas Carol. I can’t believe I’ve never actually read the Father Christmas letters, it’s been on my radar for ever… perhaps I’ll have to pick it up this year for a Christmas read.

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  41. What a wonderful round-up, Anne! Some of these I’ve never heard of. I got teary just reading about the good little Christmas tree. And I think it’s time I dug out my copy of HOGFATHER and reread it. *g*

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  42. What a wonderful round-up, Anne! Some of these I’ve never heard of. I got teary just reading about the good little Christmas tree. And I think it’s time I dug out my copy of HOGFATHER and reread it. *g*

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  43. What a wonderful round-up, Anne! Some of these I’ve never heard of. I got teary just reading about the good little Christmas tree. And I think it’s time I dug out my copy of HOGFATHER and reread it. *g*

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  44. What a wonderful round-up, Anne! Some of these I’ve never heard of. I got teary just reading about the good little Christmas tree. And I think it’s time I dug out my copy of HOGFATHER and reread it. *g*

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  45. What a wonderful round-up, Anne! Some of these I’ve never heard of. I got teary just reading about the good little Christmas tree. And I think it’s time I dug out my copy of HOGFATHER and reread it. *g*

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  46. Oh I didn’t know about the Father Christmas Letters! I will have to find a copy of that one!
    The Night Before Christmas is a favorite at our house, as is A Christmas Carol.
    I have a stack of Regency Christmas anthologies I reread every year. Three of my favorite stories are from my worn yellowed copy of Angel Christmas (published in 1995)
    Catch a Falling Angel by Carole Nelson Douglas
    Guarded by Angels by Mary Balogh
    and the third one ALWAYS makes me cry
    Tin Angel by Patricia Rice
    It just isn’t Christmas for me until I read these three stories!

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  47. Oh I didn’t know about the Father Christmas Letters! I will have to find a copy of that one!
    The Night Before Christmas is a favorite at our house, as is A Christmas Carol.
    I have a stack of Regency Christmas anthologies I reread every year. Three of my favorite stories are from my worn yellowed copy of Angel Christmas (published in 1995)
    Catch a Falling Angel by Carole Nelson Douglas
    Guarded by Angels by Mary Balogh
    and the third one ALWAYS makes me cry
    Tin Angel by Patricia Rice
    It just isn’t Christmas for me until I read these three stories!

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  48. Oh I didn’t know about the Father Christmas Letters! I will have to find a copy of that one!
    The Night Before Christmas is a favorite at our house, as is A Christmas Carol.
    I have a stack of Regency Christmas anthologies I reread every year. Three of my favorite stories are from my worn yellowed copy of Angel Christmas (published in 1995)
    Catch a Falling Angel by Carole Nelson Douglas
    Guarded by Angels by Mary Balogh
    and the third one ALWAYS makes me cry
    Tin Angel by Patricia Rice
    It just isn’t Christmas for me until I read these three stories!

    Reply
  49. Oh I didn’t know about the Father Christmas Letters! I will have to find a copy of that one!
    The Night Before Christmas is a favorite at our house, as is A Christmas Carol.
    I have a stack of Regency Christmas anthologies I reread every year. Three of my favorite stories are from my worn yellowed copy of Angel Christmas (published in 1995)
    Catch a Falling Angel by Carole Nelson Douglas
    Guarded by Angels by Mary Balogh
    and the third one ALWAYS makes me cry
    Tin Angel by Patricia Rice
    It just isn’t Christmas for me until I read these three stories!

    Reply
  50. Oh I didn’t know about the Father Christmas Letters! I will have to find a copy of that one!
    The Night Before Christmas is a favorite at our house, as is A Christmas Carol.
    I have a stack of Regency Christmas anthologies I reread every year. Three of my favorite stories are from my worn yellowed copy of Angel Christmas (published in 1995)
    Catch a Falling Angel by Carole Nelson Douglas
    Guarded by Angels by Mary Balogh
    and the third one ALWAYS makes me cry
    Tin Angel by Patricia Rice
    It just isn’t Christmas for me until I read these three stories!

    Reply
  51. My favorite Christmas stories are mostly children’s picture books. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, The Christmas Collie, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, and the short novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I also like The Night Before Christmas, The Three Skaters, and The Gift of the Magi.
    I am a teacher and this is what we are doing this week—reading Christmas stories; one or two each day.

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  52. My favorite Christmas stories are mostly children’s picture books. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, The Christmas Collie, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, and the short novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I also like The Night Before Christmas, The Three Skaters, and The Gift of the Magi.
    I am a teacher and this is what we are doing this week—reading Christmas stories; one or two each day.

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  53. My favorite Christmas stories are mostly children’s picture books. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, The Christmas Collie, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, and the short novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I also like The Night Before Christmas, The Three Skaters, and The Gift of the Magi.
    I am a teacher and this is what we are doing this week—reading Christmas stories; one or two each day.

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  54. My favorite Christmas stories are mostly children’s picture books. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, The Christmas Collie, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, and the short novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I also like The Night Before Christmas, The Three Skaters, and The Gift of the Magi.
    I am a teacher and this is what we are doing this week—reading Christmas stories; one or two each day.

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  55. My favorite Christmas stories are mostly children’s picture books. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, The Christmas Collie, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, and the short novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I also like The Night Before Christmas, The Three Skaters, and The Gift of the Magi.
    I am a teacher and this is what we are doing this week—reading Christmas stories; one or two each day.

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  56. I’ve always liked the Gift of the Magi — such a wonderful story with the heart of Christmas in it. Being a youngster in the 70’s I have to admit to having a soft spot for Rudolf & Frosty and their stories 🙂

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  57. I’ve always liked the Gift of the Magi — such a wonderful story with the heart of Christmas in it. Being a youngster in the 70’s I have to admit to having a soft spot for Rudolf & Frosty and their stories 🙂

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  58. I’ve always liked the Gift of the Magi — such a wonderful story with the heart of Christmas in it. Being a youngster in the 70’s I have to admit to having a soft spot for Rudolf & Frosty and their stories 🙂

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  59. I’ve always liked the Gift of the Magi — such a wonderful story with the heart of Christmas in it. Being a youngster in the 70’s I have to admit to having a soft spot for Rudolf & Frosty and their stories 🙂

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  60. I’ve always liked the Gift of the Magi — such a wonderful story with the heart of Christmas in it. Being a youngster in the 70’s I have to admit to having a soft spot for Rudolf & Frosty and their stories 🙂

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  61. Linda, I’m chuckling about Santa getting stuck in the stove — our chimney ended in a stove too, when I was 5 and I wondered exactly the same thing. Luckily, since it was summer here, my parents were able to assuage my anxiety by leaving the stove door open. Apparently, when it came to chimneys and stoves, Santa could shrink and expand.
    Those claymation videos are brilliant, aren’t they? I’m a huge fan of Wallace and Grommit, and the UK very short films called Creature Comforts, where they use real, on-the-street interviews with ordinary people, and then have their words come from animals. Really clever and funny.

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  62. Linda, I’m chuckling about Santa getting stuck in the stove — our chimney ended in a stove too, when I was 5 and I wondered exactly the same thing. Luckily, since it was summer here, my parents were able to assuage my anxiety by leaving the stove door open. Apparently, when it came to chimneys and stoves, Santa could shrink and expand.
    Those claymation videos are brilliant, aren’t they? I’m a huge fan of Wallace and Grommit, and the UK very short films called Creature Comforts, where they use real, on-the-street interviews with ordinary people, and then have their words come from animals. Really clever and funny.

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  63. Linda, I’m chuckling about Santa getting stuck in the stove — our chimney ended in a stove too, when I was 5 and I wondered exactly the same thing. Luckily, since it was summer here, my parents were able to assuage my anxiety by leaving the stove door open. Apparently, when it came to chimneys and stoves, Santa could shrink and expand.
    Those claymation videos are brilliant, aren’t they? I’m a huge fan of Wallace and Grommit, and the UK very short films called Creature Comforts, where they use real, on-the-street interviews with ordinary people, and then have their words come from animals. Really clever and funny.

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  64. Linda, I’m chuckling about Santa getting stuck in the stove — our chimney ended in a stove too, when I was 5 and I wondered exactly the same thing. Luckily, since it was summer here, my parents were able to assuage my anxiety by leaving the stove door open. Apparently, when it came to chimneys and stoves, Santa could shrink and expand.
    Those claymation videos are brilliant, aren’t they? I’m a huge fan of Wallace and Grommit, and the UK very short films called Creature Comforts, where they use real, on-the-street interviews with ordinary people, and then have their words come from animals. Really clever and funny.

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  65. Linda, I’m chuckling about Santa getting stuck in the stove — our chimney ended in a stove too, when I was 5 and I wondered exactly the same thing. Luckily, since it was summer here, my parents were able to assuage my anxiety by leaving the stove door open. Apparently, when it came to chimneys and stoves, Santa could shrink and expand.
    Those claymation videos are brilliant, aren’t they? I’m a huge fan of Wallace and Grommit, and the UK very short films called Creature Comforts, where they use real, on-the-street interviews with ordinary people, and then have their words come from animals. Really clever and funny.

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  66. Mary Jo, I think you’d love The Good Little Christmas Tree. I just wish they still published the edition with the author’s scissorcuts.
    Louisa, I can see there are some old Christmas anthologies I need to chase up. I haven’t read any of those stories you mentioned.
    Deb, I, too love children’s picture books. I don’t think we’re ever too old to enjoy the magic. Thanks for your list — I’ll chase them up. I love giving books for Christmas, and I have a few friends with young children, and some with grandchildren.
    When i friend of mine became a grandmother recently, all her friends sent her a “book shower” of children’s picture books for “Grandma’s Library.” I love the idea that as well as visiting grandparents, you visit their library.

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  67. Mary Jo, I think you’d love The Good Little Christmas Tree. I just wish they still published the edition with the author’s scissorcuts.
    Louisa, I can see there are some old Christmas anthologies I need to chase up. I haven’t read any of those stories you mentioned.
    Deb, I, too love children’s picture books. I don’t think we’re ever too old to enjoy the magic. Thanks for your list — I’ll chase them up. I love giving books for Christmas, and I have a few friends with young children, and some with grandchildren.
    When i friend of mine became a grandmother recently, all her friends sent her a “book shower” of children’s picture books for “Grandma’s Library.” I love the idea that as well as visiting grandparents, you visit their library.

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  68. Mary Jo, I think you’d love The Good Little Christmas Tree. I just wish they still published the edition with the author’s scissorcuts.
    Louisa, I can see there are some old Christmas anthologies I need to chase up. I haven’t read any of those stories you mentioned.
    Deb, I, too love children’s picture books. I don’t think we’re ever too old to enjoy the magic. Thanks for your list — I’ll chase them up. I love giving books for Christmas, and I have a few friends with young children, and some with grandchildren.
    When i friend of mine became a grandmother recently, all her friends sent her a “book shower” of children’s picture books for “Grandma’s Library.” I love the idea that as well as visiting grandparents, you visit their library.

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  69. Mary Jo, I think you’d love The Good Little Christmas Tree. I just wish they still published the edition with the author’s scissorcuts.
    Louisa, I can see there are some old Christmas anthologies I need to chase up. I haven’t read any of those stories you mentioned.
    Deb, I, too love children’s picture books. I don’t think we’re ever too old to enjoy the magic. Thanks for your list — I’ll chase them up. I love giving books for Christmas, and I have a few friends with young children, and some with grandchildren.
    When i friend of mine became a grandmother recently, all her friends sent her a “book shower” of children’s picture books for “Grandma’s Library.” I love the idea that as well as visiting grandparents, you visit their library.

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  70. Mary Jo, I think you’d love The Good Little Christmas Tree. I just wish they still published the edition with the author’s scissorcuts.
    Louisa, I can see there are some old Christmas anthologies I need to chase up. I haven’t read any of those stories you mentioned.
    Deb, I, too love children’s picture books. I don’t think we’re ever too old to enjoy the magic. Thanks for your list — I’ll chase them up. I love giving books for Christmas, and I have a few friends with young children, and some with grandchildren.
    When i friend of mine became a grandmother recently, all her friends sent her a “book shower” of children’s picture books for “Grandma’s Library.” I love the idea that as well as visiting grandparents, you visit their library.

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  71. The Gift of the Magi is probably my favorite Christmas story, but the Hogfather (and Pratchett) always makes me laugh.
    Weren’t those old Regency anthologies marvelous? Thank you for the kind words about “Tin Angel.” Now I have to dig out those books and read them again, thinking of Edith laughing at us as we wipe away tears.

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  72. The Gift of the Magi is probably my favorite Christmas story, but the Hogfather (and Pratchett) always makes me laugh.
    Weren’t those old Regency anthologies marvelous? Thank you for the kind words about “Tin Angel.” Now I have to dig out those books and read them again, thinking of Edith laughing at us as we wipe away tears.

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  73. The Gift of the Magi is probably my favorite Christmas story, but the Hogfather (and Pratchett) always makes me laugh.
    Weren’t those old Regency anthologies marvelous? Thank you for the kind words about “Tin Angel.” Now I have to dig out those books and read them again, thinking of Edith laughing at us as we wipe away tears.

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  74. The Gift of the Magi is probably my favorite Christmas story, but the Hogfather (and Pratchett) always makes me laugh.
    Weren’t those old Regency anthologies marvelous? Thank you for the kind words about “Tin Angel.” Now I have to dig out those books and read them again, thinking of Edith laughing at us as we wipe away tears.

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  75. The Gift of the Magi is probably my favorite Christmas story, but the Hogfather (and Pratchett) always makes me laugh.
    Weren’t those old Regency anthologies marvelous? Thank you for the kind words about “Tin Angel.” Now I have to dig out those books and read them again, thinking of Edith laughing at us as we wipe away tears.

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  76. I love the list but the Father Christmas Letters and The Good Little Christmas Tree are new to me as well. I love the titles also for Regency Christmas stories that have been posted.Thanks everyone 🙂
    Carol L
    Luucky4750@aol.com

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  77. I love the list but the Father Christmas Letters and The Good Little Christmas Tree are new to me as well. I love the titles also for Regency Christmas stories that have been posted.Thanks everyone 🙂
    Carol L
    Luucky4750@aol.com

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  78. I love the list but the Father Christmas Letters and The Good Little Christmas Tree are new to me as well. I love the titles also for Regency Christmas stories that have been posted.Thanks everyone 🙂
    Carol L
    Luucky4750@aol.com

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  79. I love the list but the Father Christmas Letters and The Good Little Christmas Tree are new to me as well. I love the titles also for Regency Christmas stories that have been posted.Thanks everyone 🙂
    Carol L
    Luucky4750@aol.com

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  80. I love the list but the Father Christmas Letters and The Good Little Christmas Tree are new to me as well. I love the titles also for Regency Christmas stories that have been posted.Thanks everyone 🙂
    Carol L
    Luucky4750@aol.com

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  81. I always loved the Gift of the Magi and of course Twas the Night before Christmas and The Grinch who stole Christmas.
    Then there is The Polar Express, both the book and the movie are wonderful. The train that inspired the book was a childrens ride in a local department store in my hometown that circled the ceiling above the toy department at Christmas. A truly magical ride, you felt you were flying above the North Pole.
    I enjoy most Christmas themed books, loved Jo’s Winter Fire and The Brides of Christmas Anthology.

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  82. I always loved the Gift of the Magi and of course Twas the Night before Christmas and The Grinch who stole Christmas.
    Then there is The Polar Express, both the book and the movie are wonderful. The train that inspired the book was a childrens ride in a local department store in my hometown that circled the ceiling above the toy department at Christmas. A truly magical ride, you felt you were flying above the North Pole.
    I enjoy most Christmas themed books, loved Jo’s Winter Fire and The Brides of Christmas Anthology.

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  83. I always loved the Gift of the Magi and of course Twas the Night before Christmas and The Grinch who stole Christmas.
    Then there is The Polar Express, both the book and the movie are wonderful. The train that inspired the book was a childrens ride in a local department store in my hometown that circled the ceiling above the toy department at Christmas. A truly magical ride, you felt you were flying above the North Pole.
    I enjoy most Christmas themed books, loved Jo’s Winter Fire and The Brides of Christmas Anthology.

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  84. I always loved the Gift of the Magi and of course Twas the Night before Christmas and The Grinch who stole Christmas.
    Then there is The Polar Express, both the book and the movie are wonderful. The train that inspired the book was a childrens ride in a local department store in my hometown that circled the ceiling above the toy department at Christmas. A truly magical ride, you felt you were flying above the North Pole.
    I enjoy most Christmas themed books, loved Jo’s Winter Fire and The Brides of Christmas Anthology.

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  85. I always loved the Gift of the Magi and of course Twas the Night before Christmas and The Grinch who stole Christmas.
    Then there is The Polar Express, both the book and the movie are wonderful. The train that inspired the book was a childrens ride in a local department store in my hometown that circled the ceiling above the toy department at Christmas. A truly magical ride, you felt you were flying above the North Pole.
    I enjoy most Christmas themed books, loved Jo’s Winter Fire and The Brides of Christmas Anthology.

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  86. I have to echo The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It’s so funny and quirky, yet genuinely spirtiually moving by the end. Reminds me of Connie Willis’ comparison of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” which brings up another Christmas book well worth read, Miracle and Other Stories.

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  87. I have to echo The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It’s so funny and quirky, yet genuinely spirtiually moving by the end. Reminds me of Connie Willis’ comparison of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” which brings up another Christmas book well worth read, Miracle and Other Stories.

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  88. I have to echo The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It’s so funny and quirky, yet genuinely spirtiually moving by the end. Reminds me of Connie Willis’ comparison of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” which brings up another Christmas book well worth read, Miracle and Other Stories.

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  89. I have to echo The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It’s so funny and quirky, yet genuinely spirtiually moving by the end. Reminds me of Connie Willis’ comparison of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” which brings up another Christmas book well worth read, Miracle and Other Stories.

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  90. I have to echo The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It’s so funny and quirky, yet genuinely spirtiually moving by the end. Reminds me of Connie Willis’ comparison of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” which brings up another Christmas book well worth read, Miracle and Other Stories.

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  91. My favorite is still an old & tattered (now) illustrated copy of The Night Before Christmas, that had red flocking on the cover which I guess represented Santa’s suit (?). I’ve had it since I was a child, and even now in my mid-40s I pull it out each Christmas for a read-thru.

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  92. My favorite is still an old & tattered (now) illustrated copy of The Night Before Christmas, that had red flocking on the cover which I guess represented Santa’s suit (?). I’ve had it since I was a child, and even now in my mid-40s I pull it out each Christmas for a read-thru.

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  93. My favorite is still an old & tattered (now) illustrated copy of The Night Before Christmas, that had red flocking on the cover which I guess represented Santa’s suit (?). I’ve had it since I was a child, and even now in my mid-40s I pull it out each Christmas for a read-thru.

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  94. My favorite is still an old & tattered (now) illustrated copy of The Night Before Christmas, that had red flocking on the cover which I guess represented Santa’s suit (?). I’ve had it since I was a child, and even now in my mid-40s I pull it out each Christmas for a read-thru.

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  95. My favorite is still an old & tattered (now) illustrated copy of The Night Before Christmas, that had red flocking on the cover which I guess represented Santa’s suit (?). I’ve had it since I was a child, and even now in my mid-40s I pull it out each Christmas for a read-thru.

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  96. I use to read books for kids in my city’s library, so I’m quite confident with children’s books and stories and I love them, but I don’t like very much christmas stories and books… I don’t know why.
    I don’t like very much Christmas at all, honestly. I love being with my family, and the christmas tree too, but I can’t love the mad consumism and the hundreds of fake santa claus (in italy it’s “babbo natale”) in every shop and at every corner… young exploited boys manipulating little kids to force adults at buying more stuff, more gifts… blah… 😛
    And I’m atheist so I can’t even escape in search of a religious meaning…
    I hope it will be a great Christmas with my family, my very old grandparents and my little cousins. But I’m not going to read or tell christmas stories! 😉
    (sorry for my bad english! I’m italian)

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  97. I use to read books for kids in my city’s library, so I’m quite confident with children’s books and stories and I love them, but I don’t like very much christmas stories and books… I don’t know why.
    I don’t like very much Christmas at all, honestly. I love being with my family, and the christmas tree too, but I can’t love the mad consumism and the hundreds of fake santa claus (in italy it’s “babbo natale”) in every shop and at every corner… young exploited boys manipulating little kids to force adults at buying more stuff, more gifts… blah… 😛
    And I’m atheist so I can’t even escape in search of a religious meaning…
    I hope it will be a great Christmas with my family, my very old grandparents and my little cousins. But I’m not going to read or tell christmas stories! 😉
    (sorry for my bad english! I’m italian)

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  98. I use to read books for kids in my city’s library, so I’m quite confident with children’s books and stories and I love them, but I don’t like very much christmas stories and books… I don’t know why.
    I don’t like very much Christmas at all, honestly. I love being with my family, and the christmas tree too, but I can’t love the mad consumism and the hundreds of fake santa claus (in italy it’s “babbo natale”) in every shop and at every corner… young exploited boys manipulating little kids to force adults at buying more stuff, more gifts… blah… 😛
    And I’m atheist so I can’t even escape in search of a religious meaning…
    I hope it will be a great Christmas with my family, my very old grandparents and my little cousins. But I’m not going to read or tell christmas stories! 😉
    (sorry for my bad english! I’m italian)

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  99. I use to read books for kids in my city’s library, so I’m quite confident with children’s books and stories and I love them, but I don’t like very much christmas stories and books… I don’t know why.
    I don’t like very much Christmas at all, honestly. I love being with my family, and the christmas tree too, but I can’t love the mad consumism and the hundreds of fake santa claus (in italy it’s “babbo natale”) in every shop and at every corner… young exploited boys manipulating little kids to force adults at buying more stuff, more gifts… blah… 😛
    And I’m atheist so I can’t even escape in search of a religious meaning…
    I hope it will be a great Christmas with my family, my very old grandparents and my little cousins. But I’m not going to read or tell christmas stories! 😉
    (sorry for my bad english! I’m italian)

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  100. I use to read books for kids in my city’s library, so I’m quite confident with children’s books and stories and I love them, but I don’t like very much christmas stories and books… I don’t know why.
    I don’t like very much Christmas at all, honestly. I love being with my family, and the christmas tree too, but I can’t love the mad consumism and the hundreds of fake santa claus (in italy it’s “babbo natale”) in every shop and at every corner… young exploited boys manipulating little kids to force adults at buying more stuff, more gifts… blah… 😛
    And I’m atheist so I can’t even escape in search of a religious meaning…
    I hope it will be a great Christmas with my family, my very old grandparents and my little cousins. But I’m not going to read or tell christmas stories! 😉
    (sorry for my bad english! I’m italian)

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  101. Pat, I’m trying to hunt down Tin Angel, too. The only novella I ever wrote was a Christmas one, and I loved writing it, but alas, those Christmas collections are not so common any more.
    I’ve never been a Grinch fan, for some reason. But I’m definitely hunting down the Best Christmas Pageant Ever story.
    Gio, I’m with you on hating the desperate, over-the-top consumerism of commercial Christmas, too. I do love Christmas trees, but these days I make my own decorations, and I buy most of my presents on-line from Oxfam Unwrapped– presenting people with a goat, or a clutch of chickens or a water purifier, or school supplies — which go to people in poor countries, while my friends and family get a card with a goat or a clutch of chickens on it.
    And don’t apologize, your English isn’t bad at all! And it’s wonderful having Italian visitors drop in.

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  102. Pat, I’m trying to hunt down Tin Angel, too. The only novella I ever wrote was a Christmas one, and I loved writing it, but alas, those Christmas collections are not so common any more.
    I’ve never been a Grinch fan, for some reason. But I’m definitely hunting down the Best Christmas Pageant Ever story.
    Gio, I’m with you on hating the desperate, over-the-top consumerism of commercial Christmas, too. I do love Christmas trees, but these days I make my own decorations, and I buy most of my presents on-line from Oxfam Unwrapped– presenting people with a goat, or a clutch of chickens or a water purifier, or school supplies — which go to people in poor countries, while my friends and family get a card with a goat or a clutch of chickens on it.
    And don’t apologize, your English isn’t bad at all! And it’s wonderful having Italian visitors drop in.

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  103. Pat, I’m trying to hunt down Tin Angel, too. The only novella I ever wrote was a Christmas one, and I loved writing it, but alas, those Christmas collections are not so common any more.
    I’ve never been a Grinch fan, for some reason. But I’m definitely hunting down the Best Christmas Pageant Ever story.
    Gio, I’m with you on hating the desperate, over-the-top consumerism of commercial Christmas, too. I do love Christmas trees, but these days I make my own decorations, and I buy most of my presents on-line from Oxfam Unwrapped– presenting people with a goat, or a clutch of chickens or a water purifier, or school supplies — which go to people in poor countries, while my friends and family get a card with a goat or a clutch of chickens on it.
    And don’t apologize, your English isn’t bad at all! And it’s wonderful having Italian visitors drop in.

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  104. Pat, I’m trying to hunt down Tin Angel, too. The only novella I ever wrote was a Christmas one, and I loved writing it, but alas, those Christmas collections are not so common any more.
    I’ve never been a Grinch fan, for some reason. But I’m definitely hunting down the Best Christmas Pageant Ever story.
    Gio, I’m with you on hating the desperate, over-the-top consumerism of commercial Christmas, too. I do love Christmas trees, but these days I make my own decorations, and I buy most of my presents on-line from Oxfam Unwrapped– presenting people with a goat, or a clutch of chickens or a water purifier, or school supplies — which go to people in poor countries, while my friends and family get a card with a goat or a clutch of chickens on it.
    And don’t apologize, your English isn’t bad at all! And it’s wonderful having Italian visitors drop in.

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  105. Pat, I’m trying to hunt down Tin Angel, too. The only novella I ever wrote was a Christmas one, and I loved writing it, but alas, those Christmas collections are not so common any more.
    I’ve never been a Grinch fan, for some reason. But I’m definitely hunting down the Best Christmas Pageant Ever story.
    Gio, I’m with you on hating the desperate, over-the-top consumerism of commercial Christmas, too. I do love Christmas trees, but these days I make my own decorations, and I buy most of my presents on-line from Oxfam Unwrapped– presenting people with a goat, or a clutch of chickens or a water purifier, or school supplies — which go to people in poor countries, while my friends and family get a card with a goat or a clutch of chickens on it.
    And don’t apologize, your English isn’t bad at all! And it’s wonderful having Italian visitors drop in.

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  106. “The Gift of the Magi” is a particular favorite of mine. I first read the story in one of my high school English classes. It still resonates!

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  107. “The Gift of the Magi” is a particular favorite of mine. I first read the story in one of my high school English classes. It still resonates!

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  108. “The Gift of the Magi” is a particular favorite of mine. I first read the story in one of my high school English classes. It still resonates!

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  109. “The Gift of the Magi” is a particular favorite of mine. I first read the story in one of my high school English classes. It still resonates!

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  110. “The Gift of the Magi” is a particular favorite of mine. I first read the story in one of my high school English classes. It still resonates!

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  111. my favorite christmas tale is brothers’ grimm The ELves and the Shoemaker. whenever i read it during the holiday season, it always brings back memories of my lola (grandmother) telling me after reading the story to me that Christmas is always about giving and not receiving. i miss my lola!

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  112. my favorite christmas tale is brothers’ grimm The ELves and the Shoemaker. whenever i read it during the holiday season, it always brings back memories of my lola (grandmother) telling me after reading the story to me that Christmas is always about giving and not receiving. i miss my lola!

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  113. my favorite christmas tale is brothers’ grimm The ELves and the Shoemaker. whenever i read it during the holiday season, it always brings back memories of my lola (grandmother) telling me after reading the story to me that Christmas is always about giving and not receiving. i miss my lola!

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  114. my favorite christmas tale is brothers’ grimm The ELves and the Shoemaker. whenever i read it during the holiday season, it always brings back memories of my lola (grandmother) telling me after reading the story to me that Christmas is always about giving and not receiving. i miss my lola!

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  115. my favorite christmas tale is brothers’ grimm The ELves and the Shoemaker. whenever i read it during the holiday season, it always brings back memories of my lola (grandmother) telling me after reading the story to me that Christmas is always about giving and not receiving. i miss my lola!

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  116. I had forgotten all about Tolkien’s “Father Christmas Letters”! I think it’s too late to give it to my kids this year, but we’re getting a family copy soon.

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  117. I had forgotten all about Tolkien’s “Father Christmas Letters”! I think it’s too late to give it to my kids this year, but we’re getting a family copy soon.

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  118. I had forgotten all about Tolkien’s “Father Christmas Letters”! I think it’s too late to give it to my kids this year, but we’re getting a family copy soon.

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  119. I had forgotten all about Tolkien’s “Father Christmas Letters”! I think it’s too late to give it to my kids this year, but we’re getting a family copy soon.

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  120. I had forgotten all about Tolkien’s “Father Christmas Letters”! I think it’s too late to give it to my kids this year, but we’re getting a family copy soon.

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  121. Wow! Just seeing the cover of The Littlest Angel brought forty years of memories flooding back. I haven’t seen that book in decades. Thanks for the rush.

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  122. Wow! Just seeing the cover of The Littlest Angel brought forty years of memories flooding back. I haven’t seen that book in decades. Thanks for the rush.

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  123. Wow! Just seeing the cover of The Littlest Angel brought forty years of memories flooding back. I haven’t seen that book in decades. Thanks for the rush.

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  124. Wow! Just seeing the cover of The Littlest Angel brought forty years of memories flooding back. I haven’t seen that book in decades. Thanks for the rush.

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  125. Wow! Just seeing the cover of The Littlest Angel brought forty years of memories flooding back. I haven’t seen that book in decades. Thanks for the rush.

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