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Old 10-26-2011 08:17 AM
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"The Boy with the Box" by Mary Griggs Van Voorhis (1916)
A Christmas story about the true spirit of giving, from a 1916 anthology.

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"The Boy with the Box" by Mary Griggs Van Voorhis
From Christmas Stories and Legends, compiled by Phebe A. Curtiss (1916)


It was an ideal Christmas day. The sun shone brightly but the air was crisp and cold, and snow and ice lay sparkling everywhere. A light wind, the night before, had swept the blue, iceb
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"Mary Cary's Business" by Kate Langely Bosher (1910)
Meet Mary Cary, a 12-year-old orphan living in the Yorkburg Female Orphan Asylum in Virginia in 1910. She calls the well-behaved and proper side of her nature "Mary," and the more undisciplined and practical side of herself "Martha." In this chapter, Mary comes up with some ideas to raise money to buy Christmas presents for her friends.

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“Mary Cary’s Business”
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"Love Is Best" by Kate Langley Bosher (1910)
Mary Cary is a 12-year-old orphan who lives at the Yorkburg Female Orphan Asylum in Virginia. Miss Bray is the head of the institution. Miss Katherine, the resident nurse, is Mary’s special friend. Miss Webb is Miss Katherine’s friend. Mary refers to the more undisciplined and practical side of her nature as “Martha.” In this chapter, Mary tells about Christmas at the orphanage—and “Martha” has a few words to say to a Board lady who feels the orphans’ Christmas has been too lavish.

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Old 05-24-2012 01:16 PM
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"Little Merry Christmas" (1913)
Here’s how the publisher described this little Christmas book when it was published in 1913:
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“From the moment she alights, one wintry night, at the snow-piled station of Oatka Center, little Mary Christie begins to carry sunshine and happiness into the frosty homes, and still frostier hearts, of its inhabitants. How Lem Perkins, her crusty old uncle, together with the entire village, is led into the delectable kingdom of Peace and Goodwill by the guiding ha
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"Lill's Travels in Santa Claus Land" (1878)
A fanciful story about a little girl's visit to Santa Claus Land. Written in 1878, this story contains what may be the first reference to a Mrs. Santa Claus. It also contains a unique detail: Santa grows his toys!

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"Lill's Travels in Santa Claus Land" by Ellis Towne, Sophie May and Ella Farman
From Lill's Travels in Santa Claus Land and Other Stories by Ellis Towne, Sophie May and Ella Farman (1878)
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"Cousin Jane's Mistake" (1897)
This story has the flavor of Louisa May Alcott—it reminds one of Little Women and An Old-Fashioned Girl.

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"Cousin Jane's Mistake" by Mary E. Bradley
From St. Nicholas magazine, December 1897


Cousin Jane was an elderly lady who had never married, and who had outlived all her near relatives. A few cousins, some young and some old, some poor and some well-to-do, were all her kinsf
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"Christmas Every Day" (1892)
The moral of this story is: Be careful what you wish for—you may get it!

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"Christmas Every Day" by W. D. Howells
From Christmas Every Day and Other Stories Told for Children by W. D. Howells (1892)

The little girl came into her papa's study, as she always did Saturday morning before breakfast, and asked for a story. He tried to beg off that morning, for he was very busy, but she would no
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"Behind the White Brick" by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1888)
Sort of an Alice in Wonderland story from 1888. Jem (short for Jemima) drifts up the chimney to see what's behind a mysterious white brick---and meets a jolly old fellow whose initials are S.C.

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"Behind the White Brick" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
From Little Saint Elizabeth and Other Stories by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1888)

It began with Aunt Hetty's being out of temper, which, it must
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"A Great Tree" by Zona Gale (1914)
Here is a fine old Christmas story from 1914 about Calliope Marsh, a woman determined to gather her entire neighborhood under one Christmas tree.

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"A Great Tree"
From Neighborhood Stories by Zona Gale (1914)


I never had felt so much like Christmas, said Calliope Marsh, as I did that year.

“I wish’t,” I says, when it got ’most time, “I wish’t I knew somebody to have a Christmas tree with.”

“Well, Calliope Marsh
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"A Dear Little Schemer" by M.M.D. (1899)
A Christmas poem from 1899.

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"A Dear Little Schemer"
By M. M. D. [Mary Mapes Dodge]

From The St. Nicholas Christmas Book (1899)


There was a little daughter once, whose feet were—oh, so small!
That when the Christmas eve came round, they wouldn’t do at all.
At least she said they wouldn’t do, and so she tried another’s,
And folding her wee stocking up, she slyly took her mother’s.

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