This is a reader containing 8 full-text unabridged stories about Christmas.
It includes classics like A Visit from St. Nick ('Twas the Night Before Christmas) which established our modern ideas about Santa Claus coming down the chimney, filling stockings, giving presents, and flying off with flying reindeer.
I've also included The Gift of the Magi, a story of a poor husband and wife who each sacrifice their greatest treasure to buy a gift for the other, as well as Charles' Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the tale of how Scrooge learns to care for others, lest he die alone and unmourned.
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen is a rather sad winter tale of a New Year's Eve and a poor girl who sells matches to passer-byers in the cold. Originally intended to be a story of hope for those who suffer, it can also be read as a warning to those who do not help the needy.
It also includes some less well-known stories such as The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, not explicitly about Christmas but brings out themes of giving and making others happy, and of course the sacrifice of Christ is alluded to clearly.
Mark Twain's A Letter from Santa Claus shows how far a father can go to persuade his daughter that Santa Claus is real.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen is a beautiful fairy tale of a tin soldier who saves a paper ballerina from the rat kind, perishing in the effort and is set in the birthday/Christmas time world of new toys.
At Christmas Time is a wonderfully written and (rather depressing) short story by Chekhov about a family who writes to their daughter whom they haven't heard from in years.
So that you are sure of what you are buying:
This book contains the full-text unabridged versions of these stories. It does not contain activities or questions of any kind.
Check out more Christmas and holiday lessons:
A Charlie Brown Christmas Lesson Plan
The Gift of the Magi: 15 Activities and Lesson Plans
New Years Resolutions and Future Tenses Activity
Christmas and Holiday Warm Ups
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