Category: The Children’s Book of Christmas Stories

Author: Various
Edited by Asa Don Dickinson and Ada M. Skinner
Preface: Many librarians have felt the need and expressed the desire for a select collection of children’s Christmas stories in one volume. This books claims to be just that and nothing more. Each of the stories has already won the approval of thousands of children, and each is fraught with the true Christmas spirit. It is hoped that the collection will prove equally acceptable to parents, teachers, and librarians.


Christmas on Big Rattle

Part 34 of total 34 stories in series The Children's Book of Christmas Stories.
  

Archer sat by the rude hearth of his Big Rattle camp, brooding in a sort of tired contentment over the spitting fagots of var and glowing coals of birch.

It was Christmas Eve. He had been out on his snowshoes all that day, and all the day before, springing his traps along the streams and putting his deadfalls out of commission—rather queer work for a trapper to be about.

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Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe

Part 33 of total 34 stories in series The Children's Book of Christmas Stories.
  

The following story is one of many which has drifted down to us from the story-loving nurseries and hearthstones of Germany. I cannot recall when I first had it told to me as a child, varied, of course, by different tellers, but always leaving that sweet, tender impression of God’s loving care for the least of his children.

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A Christmas Fairy

Part 31 of total 34 stories in series The Children's Book of Christmas Stories.
  

It was getting very near to Christmas time, and all the boys at Miss Ware’s school were talking about going home for the holidays.

“I shall go to the Christmas festival,” said Bertie Fellows, “and my mother will have a party, and my Aunt will give another. Oh! I shall have a splendid time at home.”

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Master Sandy’s Snapdragon

Part 30 of total 34 stories in series The Children's Book of Christmas Stories.
  

There was just enough of December in the air and of May in the sky to make the Yuletide of the year of grace 1611 a time of pleasure and delight to every boy and girl in “Merrie England” from the princely children in stately Whitehall to the humblest pot-boy and scullery-girl in the hall of the country squire.

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Mr. Bluff’s Experiences of Holidays

Part 29 of total 34 stories in series The Children's Book of Christmas Stories.
  

“I hate holidays,” said Bachelor Bluff to me, with some little irritation, on a Christmas a few years ago. Then he paused an instant, after which he resumed: “I don’t mean to say that I hate to see people enjoying themselves. But I hate holidays, nevertheless, because to me they are always the saddest and dreariest days of the year.

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