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

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

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


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

Detail of a painting depicting a nighttime winter scene with the moon shining on a bridge, a pond and a church.

Motet for a New Year

Colin Fields

Andreas Hammerschmidt was a refugee during the Thirty Years' War, yet he wrote this spirited New Year's motet that proclaims, "Joy, joy upon joy!" What gave him such hope?

An Italian crib scene with Mary and Joseph figures, a donkey and an empty manger.

Where's the Baby?

Carolyn Weeks

It's Christmas 1943. A son writes home from basic training to say he won't be on leave during the holidays. His mother tearfully resigns herself to his absence. Will the family ever be together again?

Elderly hand in a young hand

Christmas in the Emergency Room

Curtis Meier

A young nurse experiences an unexpected moment of Christmas joy at a dying patient's bedside in a fast-paced hospital environment.

illustration of the robber horrificus

The Dance of the Robber Horrificus

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