Short Stories for Christmas

painting of a father and child carrying a wreath home through the snow

They are some of the warmest childhood memories, those unhurried evenings around the fireplace, Christmas tree, or dinner table, when there was time for a Christmas story...we hope with these tales you can keep the story-telling tradition alive in your family, and pass it on to your children or grandchildren.

Books: Short Stories for Christmas

Home for Christmas - Stories for Young and Old

Home for Christmas

By Pearl Buck, Rebecca Caudill, Ruth Sawyer, Elizabeth Goudge, Selma Lagerlöf, Henry van Dyke, and others

Home for Christmas includes tales by some of the world’s most beloved children’s authors – Selma Lagerlöf, Ruth Sawyer, Elizabeth Goudge, and Pearl Buck – as well as little-known European stories not available in English anywhere else.

Three Young Kings English

Three Young Kings

By George Sumner Albee

17 page Christmas short story set in Cuba. Three boys play the Three Kings who deliver gifts on the eve of Epiphany. But what will they give the poor children they pass on the street? A delightful story of strong tradition broken by the power of love. In English and Spanish. español

Willibald Krautmann English

Willibald's Trip to Heaven

By Reimmichl

Willibald Krautmann and Christmas — these two things belong together like a door and its hinges, like a clock and its face, like a bell and its tower. The whole year round he dreamed of and prepared for Christmas....

Articles: Short Stories for Christmas

illustration of the robber horrificus

The Dance of the Robber Horrificus

By Karl Heinrich Waggerl

This one page Christmas story for children tells of how a naughty robber changed his ways when he encountered the love of Mary and the Baby Jesus on the Holy Family's flight to Egypt. Deutsch español

cup of tea

An Un-Merry Christmas

By Jerry Voll

Our only intent had been to spread a little Christmas goodwill around the neighborhood. But for this neighbor it brought no cheer at all. Judging by her note, we had pretty much spoiled things for her.