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Christmastide (A German Folktale)
By Elizabeth Harkison

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, on the night before Christmas, a little child was wandering all alone through the streets of a great city. There were many people on the street, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, uncles and aunts, and even gray-haired grandfathers and grandmothers, all of whom were hurrying home with bundles of presents for each other and for their little ones. Fine carriages rolled by, express wagons rattled past, even old carts were... [Read More]
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Christmas Poems from Saint Nicholas Magazine
Here is a collection of Christmas poems from the old children's magazine Saint Nicholas.

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"A Christmas Eve Thought" by Harriot Brewer Sterling
From St. Nicholas magazine, December 1895

If Santa Claus should stumble,
As he climbs the chimney tall
With all this ice upon it,
I'm 'fraid he'd get a fall
And smash himself to pieces—
To say nothing of the toys!
Dear me, what sorrow t
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Anna Claus
By Omar West

As we near the Christmas season
Every year I have a reason
To complain about my lot in life because
I'm unhappy as can be
No one ever thinks of me
It's not easy being Mrs. Santa Claus

Who is always doing chores?
Who does sewing and restores
That old tacky crimson suit with worn-out furs?
For a century, each year
I've been letting out the rear
To accommodate the bulge that now occurs

When my absent-minded spouse
Lets the reindeer in the house
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A Christmas Tree for Santa
By Daniel 'Chip' Ciammaichella

During the Christmas Season the usually stoic lobby of First State Bank of Raton was transformed into a Christmas wonderland, and this Christmas Eve was no different. Wreaths and garlands graced the walls, and centerpieces made from pinecones were at each teller station. The female tellers and bank officers all wore cute little elf outfits, though the men still wore their usual suits and ties. Only the younger ones were bold enough to don a bright Christmas... [Read More]
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A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens

Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's name was good upon `Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.

Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself... [Read More]
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"The Purloined Christmas" (1897)
Someone has crept into the House of Annum and stolen six holidays from Father Time—including Christmas! Can the 25th of December be found in time to save Christmas?

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"The Purloined Christmas" by Gelett Burgess
From St. Nicholas magazine, December 1897

None of the Vernal Months had heard anything, for they had slept soundly in their pink spring beds on the ground floor. They were a dimple
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"The Child Who Saw Santa Claus" (1918)
If you go looking for Santa Claus, you may find he's everywhere!

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"The Child Who Saw Santa Claus" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
From Tell Me Another Story by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (1918)


There was, once upon a time, a child who wanted very much to see Santa Claus; just as every other child has always wanted to see him.

So the Child listened at the chimney for Santa Claus, and watched for him w
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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”
From Mary Cary, Frequently Martha by
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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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