Christmas is special time of the year, a festival that is filled with fun, cheer, happiness and love. Each year millions of families all around the world, come together to celebrate Christmas. There are many Christmas traditions that are followed when celebrating Christmas. One of these traditions is that of Christmas stories.
While the whole family has fun during Christmas, it’s the kids who really enjoy this festival due to the foods prepared, the lights, the Christmas tree, Santa bringing gifts and of course Christmas stories.
For ages the tradition of Christmas stories has been passed down from one generation to another where the family gathers around the fire place and stories are told by the elders to the children. Christmas story time is a time for the family to get together and spend some quality time with each other, parents sip on eggnog or other traditional Christmas drinks and children drink hot cocoa or chocolate out of their mugs.
The tradition of Christmas stories started out as an initiative or reform as a few people though that the true spirit of Christmas was dying out and the festival was losing its charm. Christmas stories were first seen around the 1820’s and were written by popular English writers like William Wintanley and Charles Dickens who drew inspiration for their Christmas stories from characters that the masses could relate to and circumstances that were prevalent during those times. These writers wrote Christmas stories that were about heartfelt celebrations and about understanding the true spirit of Christmas. Some of the popular and immemorial stories of that time include the classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens “the Christmas carol” a story about a selfish man who is shown the true spirit of Christmas by the ghosts of Christmas. These Christmas stories have created characters that have become an integral part of the festival and have spawned several characters that have been inspired by them.
These Christmas stories have helped depict Christmas as a family festival and made it a more secular and fun loving festival that what it was in the early 1800’s. The Christmas stories are also responsible for the term merry Christmas. Some other prominent writers who have contributed to the tradition of Christmas stories include Washington Irving, Clement Clarke Moore and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Christmas stories are usually centred around the customs and basics of Christmas that include the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, miracles that help people and of course sharing love and happiness with others and bringing joy to others through good deeds. These Christmas stories have a great message for everyone and help people understand the true meaning of Christmas. Children especially love these Christmas stories and enjoy listening to them.
In this section we have a few classic Christmas stories that you can tell your children and grandchildren this Christmas. These Christmas stories have been around for ages, but still sound fresh to the ears and have a great Christmas message for us all. These Christmas stories are a great way to spend Christmas evening with family and friends understanding the true meaning of Christmas. So let’s all get together around the fire, get ourselves a bowl of popcorn or roasted nuts and some eggnog and listen to these fascinating Christmas stories, you can also have these Christmas stories enacted out for the children, something that everyone would love.
Some of the best Christmas Stories are
- The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L Frank Baum
- Christmas In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
- Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus by Francis Church
- The Gift of the Magi by O Henry
- Letters From Father Christmas by J R R Tolkien
- Village Christmas by Miss Read
- The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter
- Nutcracker by E T A Hoffmann
- The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
- A Christmas Tree by Charles Dickens
- A Night Before Christmas by Nathalie Boisard-Beudin
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens