Classic Christmas Stories

Have you read these Christmas classics from our digital collections? Whether it's your first time or 100th time reading these holiday favorites, they are perfect for reading aloud with family and friends.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol under financial duress, but it became one of his most popular and enduring stories. The old miser Ebenezer Scrooge cares nothing for family, friends, love or Christmas. All he cares about is money. Then one Christmas Eve he is visited by three ghosts: Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come. These encounters leave Scrooge deeply moved and forever changed. Historians believe that A Christmas Carol contributed greatly to the modern sentimental Christmas.

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

"The Gift of the Magi" is a short story, about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving, it has been a popular one for adaptation, especially for presentation during the Christmas season.

The Night Before Christmas by Margaret Evans Price

"A Visit from St. Nicholas" first appeared as an anonymous holiday poem in a New York newspaper in 1823. Since then, it has become better known by its first line — and it has defined the image of Santa Claus and his most familiar traits, from his snowy beard and chubby cheeks to the names of his reindeer. Ready to delight a whole new generation, this luminous facsimile of a sought-after 1917 edition abounds in nostalgic charm. Its fourteen enchanting illustrations by a beloved artist appear in a faithful, large-format reproduction with heavy pages that will last for many holiday seasons. An ideal holiday gift, this volume will be treasured by collectors of antique books and vintage Christmas memorabilia.

Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra - Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker video

In this wonderfully traditional, Russian Nutcracker, performed by the Mariinsky Ballet, Tchaikovsky's glorious score is conducted by Valery Gergiev. Vainonen's colourful production and Virsaladze's stunning designs make this as magical and memorable a Christmas treat as ever. Masha is given a nutcracker on Christmas Eve as a gift from her godfather Drosselmeyer. She dreams of a battle led by the Nutcracker toy soldier against an army of mice. With her help, the Nutcracker emerges victorious and is transformed into a prince. He and Masha travel through a pine forest to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the sugar plum fairy holds a magnificent entertainment.

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