Classic Christmas stories you can read right now

Earlier today I came across a reference to the famous Christmas short story by American writer O. Henry, “Gift of the Magi.” (No, there isn’t any science in this little gem of a tale.) Feeling inspired to read it to my kids at bedtime, I was delighted to find a free ebook version is available. No waiting, no library trip, no money.

I did read it and decided to see what other classic Christmas literature is available for instant enjoyment. Not including the actual Biblical versions of the nativity story, here are some Christmas classics you might want to read right now. The first several are available in free Kindle versions!

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. 25 poignant pages share the distilled essence of selfless love.

A Christmas Carol (Illustrated) by Charles Dickens. A free Kindle version of the classic novella about redemption.

Twas the Night before Christmas A Visit from St. Nicholas, the famous poem by Clement Clarke Moore.

A Kidnapped Santa Claus is not as well-known as some of the other tales here, but it’s from the brilliant mind of L. Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz series. Free download, how can you go wrong?

The Burglar’s Christmas by the great writer Willa Cather. Only 99 cents.

The Elves and the Shoemaker, a Christmas-themed fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Choose this basic digital edition for only 99 cents or splurge on an illustrated version.

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle ($.99 Sherlock Holmes Mystery) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is a Sherlock Holmes mystery centered around a lost gemstone found in a Christmas goose.

A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film compiles various bits of writing by Jean Shepherd that make the popular Christmas movie about a kid and BB gun. Sorry, this one isn’t public domain–you’ll have to pay for the digital version.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective by Dr. Seuss is not available in digital format but I couldn’t leave it off this list. You can, however, instantly listen to an audio version courtesy of Audible.com.

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