Christmas Stories for Children
Christmas time and story time go well together. Some of my most favourite books are classic Christmas stories. Here is a little literary history as well as some quizzes to introduce you to classic children's Christmas stories.
My all time favourite holiday story is Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It is one of those stories that you quote from to make a point. Whether you want to complain about the "noise, noise, noise" or enjoy the spirit of Christmas which "doesn't come from a store"
First published in 1957 the Grinch has now become a word that describes someone who is opposed to Christmas or has a greedy attitude. It doesn't matter that Dr. Seuss made up words, we are still quite happy to read them again and again.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
"Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a .....
I am sure you finished the line. This story/poem can be recited by many. It was originally published anonymously in 1823 as A Visit from St. Nicholas. This story has inspired the image of Santa Claus we recognize today. It also named all of his reindeer. In 1844 a name was finally published with the poem, Clement Clarke Moore.
A Visit from St. Nicholas
A Christmas Carol
You have probably seen the movie (one version or another) but have you read the actual story? Charles Dickens first published this story in 1843 and since that time it has never been out of print. This story echoes some of the darkness of society while creating a moral of the true Christmas spirit. It's main character Ebenezer Scrooge has been inserted into our vocabulary to represent someone who is grumpy and lacking in spirit. The book also inspired the phrases "Bah Humbug" and "Merry Christmas". But, possibly the best influence that this book has is to encourage charity at Christmas time and all year long. To " honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
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The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg wrote this book in 1985 and was awarded the was awarded the Caldecott Medal for children's literature in 1986. The story takes place on Christmas Eve. It is a calm story about a train that takes children to the North Pole to see Santa Claus. It begins with a boy waiting to hear the jingle bells of Santa's sleigh. And it ends with one of those bells as a special gift. Curiously, the adults cannot hear the jingle of the bell but think that it must be broken.
The ending quote summarizes how the boy feels: "At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe."