10 Literary Classics That You Should Read This Christmas!
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Christmas has always been a wonderful season for literature. Indeed a multitude of Christmas Stories were written to celebrate the Yuletide season. And a few of these books have been immortalized to the extent that they have become true classics in every sense of the word. These are books that have stuck to humanity’s collective consciousness. These are great Christmas stories, that whenever anyone mentions Christmas stories, they are the first to come to mind. These are books that truly symbolize Christmas in all its facets. So during the Christmas season, you owe it to yourself and your family to read these books. Here are Literary Classics that you should enjoy this Christmas season.
A Christmas Carol
By: Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens is by far one of the most prolific writers in any era, and he has written a good number of Christmas stories. But of all of them, A Christmas Carol may be his most beloved and famous work. The story has been adapted into feature length films and TV series. It has also become synonymous with the Christmas season. The story follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a rich and greedy old miser who totally detests Christmas and wants nothing to do with it. He repeatedly refuses Christmas invitations from his nephew and last remaining relative. And he treats his employees shabbily and with disdain. By all accounts Mr. Scrooge is an unpleasant individual who hates Christmas in every form. But on Christmas Eve, he is visited by ghostly guest intent on making him change his ways. All in all, A Christmas Carol is a sweet and sentimental read that shows readers the true meaning Christmas
The Gift of the Magi
By: O. Henry
The Gift of the Magi is a wonderful Christmas Story that follows James and Della Young, a young couple getting ready for Christmas Eve. The couple is poor and cannot afford to give one another Christmas gifts. But such is their love that they resort to selling their most precious possessions in order to get meaningful gifts for each other. The Gift of the Magi, is a poignant tale of love and self-sacrifice, and shows readers that love is more precious than any material gift.
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
By: E.T.A Hoffman
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is a whimsical Christmas story that follows the adventures of a young girl named Marie. The story takes place on Christmas Eve, at the Stahlbaum house. Marie celebrates Christmas dinner with her family. Her Godfather Drosselmeyer, a clockmaker and inventor starts giving Christmas gifts. One of the gifts is a beautiful Nutcracker doll. Marie becomes attached to the nutcracker and asks her uncle if she could take care of it. Little does she know that the nutcracker doll is magical in nature, and will take her on an unforgettable adventure.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
By: Hans Christian Anderson
Written by Victorian era novelist Hans Christian Anderson, The Steadfast Tin Soldier is a classic in every sense of the word. The short story follows the adventures of a brave and one legged tin soldier. The tin soldier is part of a small collection of tin soldiers given to a young boy for his birthday. But unlike his fellow soldiers, he has only one leg. But this does not stop him from falling in love with a beautiful paper ballerina. And she in turn loves him back. But their love is thwarted by a jealous goblin who is also in love with the Ballerina. This love triangle soon sets the tin soldier on an adventure that will test both his courage and his love.
The Little Match Girl
By: Hans Christian Anderson
Yet another story by the beloved Hans Christian Anderson, The little match girl is a beautiful but tragic tale of a young girl forced to sell matchsticks during New Year’s Eve. She is cold and hungry, and has to sell her matchsticks before going home. But seeing as it is New Year’s Eve, everyone is busy and just ignores her. As the night grows colder, she sees visions of wonderful Christmas fare and family. The short yet sentimental story is a tragic representation of the sad plight of young and destitute children, and is a poignant way of telling readers to be content with their lot in life.
The Fir Tree
By: Hans Christian Anderson
The Fir Tree is yet another story written by the much loved Hans Christian Anderson. The story follows the life of a young Fir tree. The Fir tree is annoyed by how small and young it is. It wants to be tall and majestic like the other Fir trees in the forest. It spends most of its young life preoccupied with growing older and taller. But one day a woodcutter comes and cuts him down and is made into a Christmas tree. The Fir Tree is a clever story that shows readers that they should not pine for the future and just live in the moment.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
By: Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a fun and clever story by much beloved Children’s book writer Dr. Seuss. The story follows the adventures of the Grinch. He is a green and grouchy creature who hates the very thought of Christmas. Every Christmas eve, he stays in his cave and watches the neighboring Who people. The Who’s love Christmas and celebrate it every year with much enthusiasm. But during one Christmas eve, the Grinch decides that he will do something different. He will go down into Whoville town and steal Christmas. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a modern day classic and has been adapted into various feature length films.
A Christmas Memory
By: Truman Capote
A Christmas Memory is a short story of a young boy known as Buddy. The story follows his memories during Christmas time and the adventures he has with his elderly cousin, a childlike and eccentric older woman. The writing is nostalgic and sentimental, and reminds readers of simpler times and how you don’t need money to celebrate Christmas with the people you love.
Letters From Father Christmas
By: J.R.R Tolkien
J.R.R Tolkien is a great writer and a major literary influence. He was also a doting father who loved his children dearly. And his book Letters From Father Christmas is a testament to his devotion for his children. The book is a compilation of letters he sent to his children from 1920 to 1942. Written in the guise of Santa Clause, the letters are literary masterpieces in their own right and features the author’s legendary imagination and love of folklore.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
By: L.Frank Baum
The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause was written by the beloved author L.Frank Baum and tells of the fantastical origins of Santa Clause. Found as a baby in the enchanted forest of Burzee, young Nicholas was raised by Fairies and other fantastical creatures. Growing up in the land of Burzee he is oblivious of the outside world. But upon reaching adulthood, his adoptive father the immortal Ak, introduces him to the outside world. What he sees shocks and saddens him. He sees that humans live bleak and hard lives, and it is usually the children who suffer the most. He soon makes up his mind. He will dedicate the rest of his life to making children all over the world happy. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, is an imaginative retelling of the legends of Santa Claus.