Category: Christmas

Yule-Tide Yarns – G. A. Henty

THE Alert, a handsome schooner of some 200 tons burden, was in April 1793 cruising along the southern shore of France. She had been captured a fortnight before by his Majesty’s frigate Tartar, a week after the declaration of war between France and England. As she was a very fast vessel, the captain of the […]

Yule-Tide in Many Lands – Mary Poague Pringle and Clara A. Urann

“There in the Temple, carved in wood, The image of great Odin stood, And other gods, with Thor supreme among them.” As early as two thousand years before Christ Yule-tide was celebrated by the Aryans. They were sun-worshipers and believed the sun was born each morning, rode across the upper world, and sank into his […]

Yule Logs; Longmans Christmas Annual for 1898 – G. A. Henty

It was a grand success. Every one said so; and moreover, every one who witnessed the experiment predicted that the Mermaid would revolutionize naval warfare as completely as did the worldfamous Monitor. Professor Rivers, who had devoted the best years of his life to perfecting his wonderful invention, struggling bravely on through innumerable disappointments and […]

Who Ate the Pink Sweetmeat; And Other Christmas Stories – Mary Hartwell Catherwood

ONLY three pairs of stockings were left in the shop. It was a very little shop indeed, scarcely larger than a stall. Job Tuke, to whom it belonged, was not rich enough to indulge in the buying of any superfluous wares. Every spring he laid in a dozen dozen of thin stockings, a bale of […]

When the Yule Log Burns; A Christmas Story – Leona Dalrymple

Polly, the Doctor’s old white mare, plodded slowly along the snowy country road by the picket fence, and turned in at the snow-capped posts. Ahead, roofed with the ragged ermine of a newly-fallen snow, the Doctor’s old-fashioned house loomed gray-white through the snow-fringed branches of the trees, a quaint iron lantern, which was picturesque by […]

Under the Holly; Christmas-Tide in Song and Story – Henry F. Randolph

Of all the old festivals, that of Christmas awakens the strongest and most heartfelt associations. There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality, and lifts the spirit to a state of hallowed and elevated enjoyment. The services of the church about this season are extremely tender and inspiring. They […]

Two Christmas Celebrations – Theodore Parker

Two Christmas Celebrations. A great many years ago, Augustus Caesar, then Emperor of Rome, ordered his mighty realm to be taxed; and so, in Judea, it is said, men went to the towns where their families belonged, to be registered for assessment. From Nazareth, a little town in the north of Judea, to Bethlehem, another […]

Twas the Night before Christmas; A Visit from St. Nicholas – Clement Clarke Moore

mid the many celebrations last Christmas Eve, in various places by different persons, there was one, in New York City, not like any other anywhere. A company of men, women, and children went together just after the evening service in their church, and, standing around the tomb of the author of “A Visit from St. […]

Trifles for the Christmas Holidays – H. S. Armstrong

Christmas! What worldly care could ever lessen the joy of that eventful day? At your first waking in the morning, when you lie gazing in drowsy listlessness at the brass ornament on your bed-tester, when the ring of the milkman is like a dream, and the cries of the bread-man and newspaper-boy sound far off […]

The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays – Walter Ben Hare

The earth has grown old with its burden of care, But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, And its soul, full of music, bursts forth on the air, When the song of the angels is sung. It is coming, Old Earth, it is coming tonight! On […]

The Thin Santa Clau; The Chicken Yard That Was a Christmas Stocking – Butler

Mrs. Gratz opened her eyes and looked out at the drizzle that made the Christmas morning gray. Her bed stood against the window, and it was easy for her to look out; all she had to do was to roll over and pull the shade aside. Having looked at the weather she rolled again on […]

The Story of the Other Wise Man – Henry Van Dyke

In the days when Augustus Caesar was master of many kings and Herod reigned in Jerusalem, there lived in the city of Ecbatana, among the mountains of Persia, a certain man named Artaban, the Median. His house stood close to the outermost of the seven walls which encircled the royal treasury. From his roof he […]

The Story of the Mince Pie – Josephine Scribner Gates

“Sing a Song o’ sixpence a pocket full of rye, Four and twenty Dollies baked in a pie, When the pie was opened the Dolls began to sing, Wasn’t that an odd dish to set before the King?” YOU have heard of many kinds of pie, but did you ever hear of a Doll pie? […]

The Romance of a Christmas Card – Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin

It was Christmas Eve and a Saturday night when Mrs. Larrabee, the Beulah minister’s wife, opened the door of the study where her husband was deep in the revision of his next day’s sermon, and thrust in her comely head framed in a knitted rigolette. “Luther, I’m going to run down to Letty’s. We think […]

The Prodigal Village; A Christmas Tale – Irving Bacheller

The day that Henry Smix met and embraced Gasoline Power and went up Main Street hand in hand with it is not yet forgotten. It was a hasty marriage, so to speak, and the results of it were truly deplorable. Their little journey produced an effect on the nerves and the remote future history of […]

The Pearl Story Book Stories and Legends of Winter, Christmas, and New Year’s Day – various authors

Once upon a time there was an Indian village built on the bank of a wide river. During the spring, summer, and autumn the people were very happy. There was plenty of fuel and game in the deep woods; the river afforded excellent fish. But the Indians dreaded the months when the Ice King reigned. […]

The Nuts; A Christmas Story for my Children and Grandchildren – Georg Ebers

The wounded colonel, whom we were nursing back to health in our house, was not allowed to walk long, and in the after noon, after he had pottered about a little, he was obliged to rest in the comfortable old easy-chair, which was known as grandfather’s chair. When twilight fell, our dear guest lighted the […]

The Night Before Christmas and Other Popular Stories For Children – Various

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In the hope 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. […]

The Lost Word; A Christmas Legend of Long Ago – Henry Van Dyke

“COME down, Hermas, come down! The night is past. It is time to be stirring. Christ is born today. Peace be with you in His name. Make haste and come down!” A little group of young men were standing in a street of Antioch, in the dusk of early morning, fifteen hundred years ago. It […]

The Little Colonel’s Christmas Vacation – Annie F. Johnston

WARWİCK HALL looked more like an old English castle than a modern boarding-school for girls. Gazing at its high towers and massive portal, one almost expected to see some velvet-clad page or lady-in-waiting come down the many flights of marble steps leading between stately terraces to the river. Even a knight with a gerfalcon on […]


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