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Christmas Stories at My Merry

by Associate Editor B. Francis Morlan
Christmas Stories on My Merry Christmas Christmas is the most magical time of the year -- the holiday itself centers around the most wonderous story ever told. This story has inspired countless other stories of holiday miracles. Long before the advent of motion pictures and television, the magic of Christmas was shared with the world through the written word of such classics as O. Henry's Gift of the Magi and Dicken's A Christmas Carol. In the spirit of those classic Christmas tales, we proudly present this collection of original Christmas stories. We hope that these stories brighten your holiday and help you to rediscover the spirit of Christmas... when miracles happen and dreams come true.

A Dear Little Schemer
A Christmas poem from 1899.

A Great Tree
Here is a fine old Christmas story from 1914 about Calliope Marsh, a woman determined to gather her entire neighborhood under one Christmas tree.

Lill's Travels in Santa Claus Land
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!

Love is Best
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.

Mary Cary's Business
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.

The Boy with the Box
A Christmas story about the true spirit of giving, from a 1916 anthology.

The Child Who Saw Santa Claus
A child's quest to see Santa Claus (1918)

The Fir Tree
Hans Christian Andersen's classic Christmas tale.

There Was a Boy Who Lived on Pudding Lane
A 1921 story about Santa Claus' childhood (he was the grandson of Mother Goose), his little brothers and sister, how he began to make toys, how he developed the custom of leaving toys for sleeping children on Christmas Eve, and how he got married.

Little Girl's Christmas: A Christmas Fairy Tale
Nearly every kid writes to Santa that they want to visit Santa at the North Pole and ride the sleigh with him on Christmas. In this classic bedtime tale -- it happens!

Jimmy Scarecrow's Christmas
There isn't much to the life of a scarecrow -- especially at Christmas when there aren't any birds in the sky to scare away. This 100-year old story of Jimmy Scarecrow teaches us his lessons of Christmas giving and receiving.

Christmastide (A German Folk Tale)
A poor wandering child can't find a bit of love and Christmas on Christmas Eve -- until he is taken in by a humble family who cared not who he was. A great read.

A Christmas Carol
Dicken's classic tale as he wrote it.
   Stave 1 - Marley's Ghost
   Stave 2 - The First of Three Spirits
   Stave 3 - The Second of the Three Spirits
   Stave 4 - The Last of the Spirits
   Stave 5 - The End of It

Anna Claus
Even at the North Pole, a woman's work is never done.

The Year the Reindeer Couldn't Fly
Elizabeth never expected to help a stranded Santa Claus as she drove home on Christmas Eve, but we're all glad she did!

If Only She Hadn't Winked
One of them had to go -- either him or the cat. It was a dilemma no individual with love in the heart should have to make at Christmas.

A Christmas Tree for Santa
A little girl's wish brings Christmas magic to a down-and-out Santa Claus.

O Holy Night
The tale of a newly-single mother with three children deserving of so much more at Christmas -- and her story of restoration to Christmas as she recalled from her own childhood.

Papa's Christmas Surprise
The heartwarming story of tradition born of a simple act of remembrance at Christmas.

Grandpa Got Run Over By a Reindeer
An accident with Santa's sleigh brings Jed back to his hometown and a Christmas present he'll never forget.

Sam's First Christmas
Sam is full of mischief and wonder as he experiences his first Christmas.

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