Perfect Time for Christmas Stories

Perfect Time for Christmas Stories

When the temperature is getting somewhere very close to zero or below, people are impatiently shopping for Christmas gifts and Christmas lights are shining all over the city the only wish I have is to make a huge mug of winter tea and re-read some of my favourite Christmas stories.

Even though most of my favourite stories were originally written for children, I truly believe every grown-up can find some very important lessons and insights in them. It’s just a perfect time for Christmas stories to be read once again…

My favourite ones:

1. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson

On a cold New Year’s Eve, a poor girl tries to sell matches in the street. She is freezing badly, but she is afraid to go home because her father will beat her for not selling any matches. She takes shelter in a nook and lights the matches to warm herself. 

You can read the whole story here.

2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The tale begins on a “cold, bleak, biting” Christmas Eve exactly seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge’s business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge is established within the first stave as “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!” who has no place in his life for kindness, compassion, charity or benevolence. Returning home one evening, Scrooge is visited by Marley’s ghost. Marley warns Scrooge to change his ways lest he undergo the same miserable afterlife as himself. Scrooge is then visited by three additional ghosts – each in its turn, and each visit detailed in a separate stave – who accompany him to various scenes with the hope of achieving his transformation.

You can read the whole story here.

 

3. The Adventure of The Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Dr. Watson visited Sherlock homes a couple days after Christmas. He found the detective with an old hat. The detective had studied the hat and had made some astute deductions concerning the character of its owner.

You can read the whole story here.

4. The Holy Night by Selma Lagerlof

One cold winter night a cruel, hard-hearted shepherd is amazed by the strange events. When a man comes to look for firewood to warm his wife and newborn baby, the dogs don’t bite him, the sheep don’t run away, and the fire doesn’t scorch him. Following the man back to his cold grotto, the shepherd discovers the true spirit of Christmas. 

You can read the whole story here.


5. The Nutcracker and The Mouse King by E.T. A. Hoffmann

Christmas Eve 1815: Little Marie Stahlbaum receives a special present, a Nutcracker whom she happens to love deeply from the first moment on.When it is time for bed, the children put their Christmas gifts away in the special cupboard where they keep their toys. Marie begs to be allowed to stay with Nutcracker a while longer, and she is allowed to do so. Mice begin to come out from beneath the floor boards, including the seven-headed Mouse King. The dolls in the cupboard come alive and begin to move, Nutcracker taking command and leading them into battle.

You can read the whole story here

6. The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Anderson

On his birthday, a boy receives a set of 25 toy soldiers and arrays them on a table top. One soldier stands on a single leg, having been the last one cast from an old tin spoon. Nearby, he spies a paper ballerina with a spangle on her sash. She too is standing on one leg and the soldier falls in love.

You can read the whole story here.