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Welcome to Christmas Short Story,

a site that may remind you of Christmas as a child. Every day beginning November 1st, the site will feature a Christmas story of the day. Some you may remember and if there is a particular one that you would like to request – perhaps something from your childhood that has a special meaning – please feel free to do so and we will see if we can find your story. Young parents who are starting their own Christmas traditions may want to share the stories that will be featured here with their little ones. The holidays are just around the corner and the Christmas Short Story site includes a store where you can find almost anything needed to help make this Christmas extra special from stockings to wreaths, gift baskets, flowers and more. Everyone has their own cherished memories of singing carols, decorating the tree, waiting impatiently for the arrival of Santa and of course, the stories of St. Nick and his elves. These stories are so much a part of Christmas. Children listen with awe as the tales of Santa making his journey across the night sky to stop at each and every house bringing gifts for all the good little boys and girls are told.

Christmas Short Story

The Birth of Christ

The Birth of Christ Excerpt from “The Holy Bible” Book of Luke Chapter 2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, […]

Baby Polar Bears

The one thing Pudgy and the older baby polar bears he played with loved to do is explore. Sometimes their moms and dads let them go out in a pack and explore the many coves and hills that made up their beautiful polar world. They made sure to stick together mostly but often split up in small packs of two to explore several coves at a time. That often turned into a game of hunt […]

The Broken Angel

Maggie liked watching big storms.   So when the rain was really pouring down that night, she sat in the front room with the lights off and watched it safely in her house.   Suddenly she saw a small figure walking into their cul-de-sac.   It was a girl.   She had no coat on and the rain was soaking her hair and dress completely.   It was clear she was crying. “Mommy come quick.” […]


Tell us a story, nursie; please do, begged two little golden-haired girls, as they snuggled on the soft rug before the fire. Did you ever have just what you wished for at Christmas, when you were a little girl? Yes, I did once. I was the oldest, and had two brothers and three little sisters. We did not have a beautiful home like this. We lived in a little cottage. It was pretty, though, in […]

Belinda and Tempest

Belinda was a good girl. She tried to keep the right kinds of friends and together they tried to stay away from things they knew their parents and teachers would not approve of. Most of her friends were from the church so they listened closely to the sermons, the Sunday school lessons and other instructions they got at church to make sure they knew what was right. Belinda also did as she was taught and […]

Bad Imaginary Friend

Lots of us have imaginary friends. John had one and he talked to him every day. John’s imaginary friend was named Duncan. Since John was an only child, he had lots of time for Duncan. Whenever mom and dad were too busy, he and Duncan made up lots of fun games together. They would play in the yard and turn it into a wonderful forest full of wild imaginary creatures. Sometimes they were spacemen fighting […]

All the Little Lemurs

All little lemurs love to play. They play all the day and every day they play. Why any day that a little lemur doesn’t play is a bad day for a baby lemur. Little lemurs know hundreds of games. They know hundreds of games because they make up dozens of games every day. Sometimes they play a game that has no rules, no objective and nobody knows when it ends or who ever wins. The […]

Gift Giving The Gift Of Memories

The holidays have always been a time for family, for friends, for reminiscing and for making new memories. A perfect gift for Christmas or any other holiday is the gift of those memories. Every family has a treasure trove of photos and other memorabilia stashed away in boxes, drawers and old albums that are falling apart. Scrap booking is a way to organize all those photos, postcards, programs, menus, matchbooks, pressed corsages and other pieces […]

Abe and Zack

Note: The following is a modern rendition of when God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Keep that in mind as you read it because it will seem somewhat odd to your listeners and you should be prepared to explain it to them if they get confused during the telling. JM Abe and his only son Zack loved to camp and fish and hunt. They usually set aside a couple fall or early winter […]

History of American Christmas Tradition

Romans celebrated a god of agriculture, Saturnalia, who according to them was born on December 25th. Their celebration was full of overindulgence and doing as they pleased without fear of being punished. Do you know how this week of revelry would end? Let’s just say people did not want to be chosen as the Lord of Misrule’ when this celebration was ongoing. The typical Christmas story that is celebrated in America every holiday season is […]


Christmas was coming. Jamie and Ted had already begun to write long letters to Santa Claus. But one thing was rather queer: both boys asked him for the same things. Each little letter ended with,–”Just like Brother’s.” They agreed to ask for only one sled. They would rather ride together. Now was not this very sweet and loving? One night, after they had gone to bed, Jamie said, “Ted, if Santa Claus brings us skates, […]


On Christmas day there is a great feast in Dublin. This, you know, is the chief city of Ireland. The feast is made for the children. There are in that city a great many little ones who are very very poor. There are kind people there, also, who look after these poor children. They have what they call “ragged schools,” where many of them are taught to read, and to sew, and other useful things. […]

Look at the Daily Deals you can enjoy while on Facebook

Everyone uses social media today with Facebook being one of the most popular. Now you can enjoy chatting with friends and finding deals at the same time. The Christmas season is upon us and with less than two weeks until the big day, there are scads of daily deals that you can take advantage of to complete your holiday shopping. Are you looking for apparel? There are a number of deals on clothing. Visit the […]

A Trip on a Comet

“Tommy, be careful. If you keep asking those kinds of questions, well God can hear you.” Steve said but Tommy said “fine” and he meant it. He didn’t care if God did hear him. If God wanted to show him why Sunday was important, that would suit Tommy just fine. Tommy thought about it all day at school. As he walked out onto the playground after school, he noticed that all of a sudden, there […]

The Gift That Gives On Giving, All Year Long.

In the last issue we talked about the gift of food. In this issue we are going to talk about some gifts that keep on giving all year long. Sometimes a one-time gift just isn’t what you are looking for. You want something that will keep on giving throughout the year. Enter the “Of the Month” clubs. There is an incredible assortment of “Of the Month” clubs. One of the more widely known is the […]

Papa Panov’s Special Christmas

Papa Panov’s Special Christmas by Leo Tolstoy It was Christmas Eve and although it was still afternoon, lights had begun to appear in the shops and houses of the little Russian village, for the short winter day was nearly over. Excited children scurried indoors and now only muffled sounds of chatter and laughter escaped from closed shutters. Old Papa Panov, the village shoemaker, stepped outside his shop to take one last look around. The sounds […]

A Bad Dream

“DAD how dare you look in my diary?” Max screamed at his father in fury. Chuck was red with anger at his little boy for what he read in that diary. “How dare you lie to me? You said you would never smoke a cigarette and right here in this diary, you confess you have. Your promises are no good to me now Max!” Chuck yelled at his young son. “Well my privacy is ruined. […]


It was Christmas Eve and the frost fairies were busy getting ready for Christmas Day. First of all they spread the loveliest white snow carpet over the rough, bare ground; then they hung the bushes and trees with icicles that flashed like diamonds in the moonlight. Later on, they planned to draw beautiful frost pictures on the window panes, to surprise the little children in the morning. The stars shone brightly and the moon sent […]

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps. “DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. “Some of my little friends say […]

A Raven Named Marvin

“Hannah, come outside.” Hannah’s best friend Betty called up to her. Hannah slipped downstairs. “What is it? It’s the middle of the night.” Hannah said shivering a bit from the cool night air.. “Its Lorenzo, he’s run away, we have to help them find him!” Betty said with deep concern and worry in her voice. Lorenzo was a neighbor of Betty’s who lived several houses down. Many times when Hannah was over, they found Lorenzo […]

A Visit From St. Nicholas

A Visit From St. Nicholas By: Clement C. Moore ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just […]

A Special Gift For Him

First let’s talk about the younger more active guys on your list. Holiday gift ideas that work well for them would be anything sports or electronic related. If he loves to watch sports, a wall mural or posters of his favorite teams or players would definitely send a good message. If he is into physical activities, buying some of his gear such as snowboards, skateboard, footballs, etc are also a great gift idea. However, for […]

A Swear Word in Heaven

In heaven, running and playing was what all the children are supposed to do. Ever since Jesus came and got them, Georgie and his family were blissfully happy in heaven. And for Georgie, there was so many things to see and do and you never had to be afraid or come in after dark or worry about getting hurt or bad people because you can’t be hurt or get sick or meet any bad people […]

First Gift Giving Made Easy Issue

Welcome to our Gift Giving Made Easy Series. Every Day, until Thanksgiving 2010 you will find a new article here on Gift Giving. I suggest that you bookmark this website and come back daily for the next installment. and while you are here visit our short stories section too. With Love, I wish you all a Merry Christmas The holidays are drawing near. It’s time to start thinking about the gifts that you’re going to […]


Bertie was a very good boy. He was kind, obedient, truthful, and unselfish. He had, however, one great fault,–he always forgot. No matter how important the errand, his answer always was, “I forgot.” When he was sent with a note to the dress-maker his mother would find the note in his pocket at night. If he was sent to the store in a great hurry, to get something for tea, he would return late, without […]

The Six Worst Gift Ideas Ever

All of us have heard at one time or another seller or buyer beware but in this case, the saying now becomes gifter beware. Many of us give with the best of intentions, but never realize that the gifts we are about to give are truly nightmares or worse in disguise. No one ever means to make such a mistake, but these do occur and we are here to help you avoid these mishaps. The […]

Special Gifts Just For Her

All woman love to be pampered, so why not indulge their needs? One of the ways to do this is by giving a hand and/or feet pampering kit. These kits typically contain lotions and other tools to make a woman feel pretty and loved by you. Of course, the next step from this would be a spa treatment just for her! Giving the Mom’s on your list a special piece of jewelry that they can […]


Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the house Not a creature was stirring excepting a mouse. The stockings were flung in haste over the chair, For hopes of St. Nicholas were no longer there. The children were restlessly tossing in bed, For the pie and the candy were heavy as lead; While mamma in her kerchief, and I in my gown, Had just made up our minds that we would not lie down, […]


Lura’s Uncle Roy is in Japan. He used to take Christmas dinner at Lura’s home. Now he could only write her papa to say a box of gifts had been sent, and one was for his little girl. The little girl clapped her hands, crying, “Oh, mamma! don’t you think it is the chain and locket dear uncle said he would sometime give me?” “No,” replied her papa, reading on. “Your uncle says it is […]

Great Gift Ideas for Under $25.00

In our fast-paced world full of high-speed everything, one thing that seems to be a prevailing factor in our lives is how so many things require so much of our well-earned money. From paying for the necessities, such as rent or mortgage, car payment, insurance, utility bills, as well as food and clothing, most of our checks seem to fly out the door. Then there are entertainment expenses as well, including cable or satellite TV […]

How Claus Made the First Toy

Excerpt from “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” by L Frank Baum Truly our Claus had wisdom, for his good fortune but strengthened his resolve to befriend the little ones of his own race. He knew his plan was approved by the immortals, else they would not have favored him so greatly. So he began at once to make acquaintance with mankind. He walked through the Valley to the plain beyond, and crossed the […]

A Kidnapped Santa Claus

A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum Santa Claus lives in the Laughing Valley, where stands the big, rambling castle in which his toys are manufactured. His workmen, selected from the ryls, knooks, pixies and fairies, live with him, and every one is as busy as can be from one year’s end to another. It is called the Laughing Valley because everything there is happy and gay. The brook chuckles to itself as it […]


THE LAST OF THE SPIRITS The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery. It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand. He knew no more, for the Spirit neither spoke nor moved. […]


THE SECOND OF THE THREE SPIRITS Scrooge awoke in his own bedroom. There was no doubt about that. But it and his own adjoining sitting-room, into which he shuffled in his slippers, attracted by a great light there, had undergone a surprising transformation. The walls and ceiling were so hung with living green, that it looked a perfect grove. The leaves of holly, mistletoe, and ivy reflected back the light, as if so many little […]


THE FIRST OF THE THREE SPIRITS When Scrooge awoke, it was so dark, that, looking out of bed, he could scarcely distinguish the transparent window from the opaque walls of his chamber, until suddenly the church clock tolled a deep, dull, hollow, melancholy ONE. Light flashed up in the room upon the instant, and the curtains of his bed were drawn aside by a strange figure,—like a child: yet not so like a child as […]

A Burglar’s Christmas

A Burglar’s Christmas by Willa Sibert Cather Two very shabby looking young men stood at the corner of Prairie Avenue and Eightieth Street, looking despondently at the carriages that whirled by. It was Christmas Eve, and the streets were full of vehicles; florists’ wagons, grocers’ carts and carriages. The streets were in that half-liquid, half-congealed condition peculiar to the streets of Chicago at that season of the year. The swift wheels that spun by sometimes […]


MARLEY’S GHOST Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail. Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course he did. How could it be otherwise? Scrooge […]

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas is never complete these days without the singing of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. However, many don’t realize that this song began its life as a mere poem written in 1939 by Robert May who was worked for the Chicago-based Montgomery Ward department store as a copywriter. It had been a custom of this department store to give away coloring books they purchases to children at Christmastime. They wanted […]


THE FIR TREE Hans Christian Anderson Out in the woods stood a nice little Fir Tree. The place he had was a very good one: the sun shone on him: as to fresh air, there was enough of that, and round him grew many large-sized comrades, pines as well as firs. But the little Fir wanted so very much to be a grown-up tree. He did not think of the warm sun and of the […]

The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant’s garden. It was a large lovely garden, with soft green grass. Here and there over the grass stood beautiful flowers like stars, and there were twelve peach-trees that in the spring-time broke out into delicate blossoms of pink and pearl, and in the autumn bore rich fruit. The birds sat on […]

The Other Wise Man

The Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke You know the story of the Three Wise Men of the East, and how they travelled from far away to offer their gifts at the manger-cradle in Bethlehem. But have you ever heard the story of the Other Wise Man, who also saw the star in its rising, and set out to follow it, yet did not arrive with his brethren in the presence of the young […]

The Holy Night

The Holy Night by Selma Lagerlof There was a man who went out in the dark night to borrow live coals to kindle a fire. He went from hut to hut and knocked. “Dear friends, help me!” said he. “My wife has just given birth to a child, and I must make a fire to warm her and the little one.” But it was way in the night, and all the people were asleep. No […]

The Gift Of The Magi

The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty- seven cents. And the next day would be […]

A Christmas Wreath is a True Symbol of Hope

A Christmas Wreath is a True Symbol of Hope When the Christmas wreath is hung on the front door of your home, you are officially welcoming the season. The traditional wreath is usually made from evergreen. The evergreen is a tree that stands through winter and even the coldest temperatures cannot affect the green that symbolizes the strength of life. A long-established custom of hanging a wreath has a meaning for many that includes strength, […]

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen There were once upon a time five-and twenty tin-soldiers–all brothers, as they were made out of the same old tin spoon. Their uniform was red and blue, and they shouldered their guns and looked straight in front of them. The first words that they heard in this world, when the lid of the box in which they lay was taken off, were: ‘Hurrah, tin-soldiers!’ This was exclaimed […]

Christmas Day in the Morning

Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck He woke suddenly and completely. It was four o’clock, the hour at which his father had always called him to get up and help with the milking. Strange how the habits of his youth clung to him still! Fifty years ago, and his father had been dead for thirty years, and yet he waked at four o’clock in the morning. He had trained himself to turn […]

The Elves And The Shoemaker

The Elves And The Shoemaker by Brothers Grimm A shoemaker, by no fault of his own, had become so poor that at last he had nothing left but leather for one pair of shoes. So in the evening, he cut out the shoes which he wished to begin to make the next morning, and as he had a good conscience, he lay down quietly in his bed, commended himself to God, and fell asleep. In […]

Christmas Lights A Shining Tradition for the Season

Christmas lights embellishing homes, streets and shops help to provide excitement and wonder that is part of the tradition of this time of year. The glittering adornment of the home and the tree are as much a part of the season traditions as gift-giving and Santa. They sparkle in the night and create a glorious wonderland that lights the eyes of children and adults with awe. Christmas lights were a part of decorating for the […]

The Adventures of the Blue Carbunkle

The Adventures of the Blue Carbunkle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season. He was lounging upon the sofa in a purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the right, and a pile of crumpled morning papers, evidently newly studied, near at hand. Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and […]

A Letter From Santa Clause

A Letter From Santa Clause by Mark Twain My Dear Susy Clemens, I have received and read all the letters which you and your little sister have written me…. I can read your and your baby sister’s jagged and fantastic marks without any trouble at all. But I had trouble with those letters which you dictated through your mother and the nurses, for I am a foreigner and cannot read English writing well. You will […]

Christmas Wreath

Subtle Shimmer Christmas wreath 26 INCHES – The shimmering mix of gilded pinecones, sheer magnolia leaves and evergreens are dusted in a sparkling gold glitter that creates a subtle but finished look. Distinctive Ornaments 26 INCHES – The distinctive color combination of red and silver ornaments is showcased in this holiday mix of glittered pinecones, leaves and berries.

Christmas Trees Galore

Christmas Trees Galore Everyone loves Christmas trees but the question we all have to ask ourselves is whether we want a live tree or an artificial tree. A live tree sounds good in theory but when you think about all the negatives surrounding a live tree it makes artificial prelit Christmas trees look pretty good. An artificial tree will not shed pine needles all over your floor. The holidays should be as stress free as […]

The Blessed Mother

The story of the birth of Christ began on the day of the annunciation. The angel Gabriel appeared before Mary, a pure hearted lady who was blessed among all women. Gabriel proclaimed that she was above all chosen by the Lord God. It was made known by the message of Gabriel that Mary was to conceive the promised Messiah through the Holy Ghost. Message of an angel Mary was already Saint Joseph’s betrothed wife and […]

Christmas is not the Same for Everyone

The Traditional Christmas Holiday is not the Same for Everyone The Christmas holidays are celebrated by Christians as the day of the birth of Jesus. The holiday season is a time for gift giving and receiving among friends and family.The traditional day of celebration is December 25th. Holiday customs will include baking, visiting St. Nicholas, sending Christmas greeting cards and the Christmas feast. Adding twinkling lights, garlands and a decorated tree making homes festive and […]


THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL Hans Christian Anderson Most terribly cold it was; it snowed, and was nearly quite dark, and the last evening of the year. In this cold and darkness there went along the street a poor little girl, bareheaded, and with naked feet. When she left home she had slippers on, it is true; but what was the good of that? They were very large slippers, which her mother had hitherto worn; so […]

Christmas Stories

A Christmas Short Story What does Christmas mean to you? The impending season seems to sparkle with twinkling lights adorning homes, streets and shops. Christmas music is heard all around. The wonderful aroma of pumpkin and spices is in the air. The television is showing the wonderful classics such as ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Miracle on 34th Street.’ Little eyes shine in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. The skies are searched nightly for signs of the […]

Michael G. Schurmann Announces New Season At Christmasshortstory.com

Christmasshortstory.com for the fifth year in the row will post a seasonal short story beginning on November 1st and the final free story on December 24th. San Antonio, TX October 22, 2013 Michael G. Schurmann, CEO, janitor and Santa Claus impersonator is pleased to announce that Christmasshortstory.com is ready, for the fifth year in a row, to help you make this the best Christmas ever. Beginning November 1, 2013, visitors will again find a short […]


For the fifth year, starting on November 1st, 2013 we will publish a Christmas Short Story daily culminating with the Birth of Christ on December 24th, 2013