Congratulations on completing your finals and finishing up another semester. Winter break is the time to relax and catch up on some leisure reading that you may not have time for during the semester. On the reading list below are some great choices for Christmas holiday reading including short stories, haunting tales, and Christmas poetry. As a gift to our readers, we’ve opened these books up for free for your winter break! Enjoy!
Charles Dickens’s famous Christmas tale of redemption, A Christmas Carol, was published in 1843 and is the must-read of any Christmas season. As Ebenezer Scrooge battles with his cruel past and his imminent doom, three helpful ghosts teach him the error of his ways in this classic English novella.
Written by Washington Irving in the 1800s, Old Christmas contains five holiday stories: Christmas, The Stage Coach, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and The Christmas Dinner. They portray the warm-hearted English Christmas celebrations he experienced in Birmingham, England and helped to change the image of the Christmas season in America.
The stories in Charles Dickens’s Christmas Stories were written between 1850 and 1867 for Christmas editions of weekly journals. Included are The Cricket on the Hearth, Chirp the Second, Chirp the Third, The Seven Poor Travellers, The Story of Richard Doubledick, and The Road. The tales range from haunted houses, travels in Europe, and childhood stories.
Christmas Holiday is a haunting tale written by W. Somerset Maugham in 1939 about a young man’s thrilling trip to Paris where he meets a troubled but passionate woman who is homeless and pining away for a murder.
A Wreath of Christmas Poems is a compilation of seventeen Christmas poems ranging from Virgil’s The Fourth Eclogue from 70 B.C., to Chaucer’s Second Nun’s Tale, to William Carlos William’s The Gift.
Which holiday stories are on your own reading list for winter break? Let us know in the comments below. Happy Holidays!