5 Great Christmas Stories That Aren’t A Christmas Carol or How the Grinch Stole Christmas


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There is nothing like curling up in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa and a good book on Christmas Eve. But if you are like us, the annual tradition of reading a Christmas story can get a bit repetitive as A Christmas Carol or How the Grinch Stole Christmas are pulled off the bookshelf year after year.

Well, this Christmas season is the perfect time to try something new! Give the Charles Dickens and Dr. Seuss classics a rest and try one of these other great Christmas tales.

The Polar Express

Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Year: 1985
One-Sentence Synopsis: Children take a train ride to the North Pole and discover the magic of Christmas

A Christmas Memory

Author: Truman Capote
Year: 1956
One-Sentence Synopsis: A young boy and his older, eccentric cousin experience the joy of giving during the Christmas season before life pulls them apart

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The Vinyl Cafe: Dave and Morley Stories

Author: Stuart Maclean
Year: 1995–present
One-Sentence Synopsis: Dave, Morley and their hilarious Canadian family celebrate Christmas over the years; hijinks ensue

A Kidnapped Santa Claus

Author: L. Frank Baum
Year: 1904
One-Sentence Synopsis: When pagan daemons kidnap Santa Claus, his helpers (a fairy, pixie, knook and ryl) endeavour to deliver all the Christmas gifts while other magical creatures set out to rescue Santa

The Gift of the Magi

Author: O. Henry
Year: 1905
One-Sentence Synopsis: A newly married couple deal with the challenges of exchanging gifts on a tight budget, discovering the true spirit of giving

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Think you know Christmas literature? Try out this short quiz at Goodreads.com to test your knowledge!

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