Top 20 Short Christmas Stories (Updated List)

Top 20 Short Christmas Stories: After a busy year of work, commute and trying to make a living, Christmas weeks are generally a quieter time. Although someone who has his/her whole extended family over for Christmas week may disagree with me. But for others it’s a time for winding down and to have plenty of rest to start the next year with full steam. And there is no better way to relax than to crank up the heating, crawl up in your comfy couch with a Christmas story book in one hand and a creamy hot chocolate in the other. Well, you can always loose the hot chocolate and make yourself some other hot drink. But the rest is non-negotiable.

This list of top 20 short Christmas books is for those who prefer to read a short story over a lengthy novel. Now the question that pops in your mind is which book to choose for this Christmas. The decision is even tougher to make if you have your mindset on a Christmas special story book, because let’s face it, you want to run your imagination and take yourself inside the story of the book and want to imagine yourself as one of the Characters. You want to roll down that hill in a red sledge and make a snowman with a carrot poking out where its nose supposed to be. In reality, the only thing you can do is to slip down from the couch you are sitting on and immediately land on the carpet. Not the same. So, your best chance of having the feeling of that experience of rolling down the hill is by reading books.

I think that’s enough to get you warmed up for a book. And now to make it easy, I have made a list of 20 short Christmas books for you. These books consist of popular short stories and are all guaranteed to give you to that Christmas excitement!

Table Of Contents

  1. CHRISTMAS KINDLING A COLLECTION OF INSPIRING STORIES TO SPARK THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
  2. A VINTAGE CHRISTMAS A COLLECTION OF CLASSIC STORIES AND POEMS
  3. CHRISTMAS STORIES 7 ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES
  4. CHRISTMAS OF THE HEART A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES
  5. ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS 55 HEARTWARMING SHORT STORIES BRING MEANING TO THE SEASON
  6. A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY COLLECTION
  7. A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND OTHER CHRISTMAS STORIES
  8. CHRISTMAS STORIES HEARTWARMING CLASSICS OF ANGELS, A MANGER, AND THE BIRTH OF HOPE
  9. THE MISTLETOE MURDER AND OTHER STORIES
  10. A TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS STORIES AND SONGS
  11. MY BEST CHRISTMAS AND OTHER STORIES OF THE SEASON
  12. HOME FOR CHRISTMAS STORIES FOR YOUNG AND OLD
  13. A TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS MIRACLES TRUE STORIES OF GOD’S PRESENCE TODAY
  14. THE CHRISTMAS CARD CRIME AND OTHER STORIES
  15. 24 CLASSIC CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS SHORT STORIES
  16. AN ADVENT CALENDAR OF CHRISTMAS STORIES 24 CLASSIC SHORT STORIES FOR DECEMBER
  17. MISTLETOE AND HOLLY CLASSIC CHRISTMAS STORIES
  18. JOY TO THE WORLD A REGENCY CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
  19. THE ADVENTURE OF THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING A HERCULE POIROT SHORT STORY
  20. 25 BEDTIME STORIES

-This non-ranked list is created on 10th November 2020

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Top 20 Short Christmas Stories

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01. Christmas Kindling

A Collection of Inspiring Stories to Spark the Christmas Spirit

David a Jacinto

Welcome in the Christmas spirit with this heartwarming collection of true stories. From an impoverished student riding the rails home to be with the love of his life for Christmas, to a family donating their Christmas to help a struggling neighbor.

This is a book of sixteen stories on the power of the spirit of Christmas, when we seem to recognize the world is but a looking glass, reflecting back on us the kindness and charity we show one another. “In each chapter, readers will find themselves laughing one moment followed by flowing tears as the author has a wonderful ability to touch the heart,” so says the review from OnLineBookClub, offering its highest rating of the year to 1.2M followers. The perfect gift for mom on Christmas morning.

Along with short stories, if you have little more time to read over the holiday season, you will definitely like this list of best Christmas books which is now updated to include some fascinating titles.


02. A Vintage Christmas

A Collection of Classic Stories and Poems

Louisa May Alcott

This beautiful, giftable Christmas collection features old-fashioned works from classic authors who invite you to a feast of holiday nostalgia. 

Stories and poetry have been part of the Christmas season for generations, reminding us that the heart of the holiday never changes. A Vintage Christmas is a unique collection of lesser-known Christmas tales, reflections, and poems from beloved authors across the centuries and makes the perfect gift for the reader in your life.

Discover the charming story from L. M. Montgomery about love and sacrifice in a little log house. See Christmas through the eyes of a child in a New England colonial village with Harriet Beecher Stowe. Remember the reason Christ came to earth in the poetry of Anne Brontë. Share with your family the delightful letter Mark Twain wrote as Santa Claus to his three-year-old daughter.

This beautiful treasury takes us back to the firesides, simple gifts, and warm family moments of Christmases past as we cherish the timeless truths and joys of the season.

A Vintage Christmas includes stories from Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, Ralph Henry Barbour, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, L. M. Montgomery, and William Dean Howells, as well as poems from Eliza Cook, Christina Rossetti, William Makepeace Thackeray, Joyce Kilmer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

  • Perfect as a stocking stuffer or as a host or hostess gift
  • Hardcover, giftable size for readers
  • Makes a lovely keepsake companion to A Classic Christmas: A Collection of Timeless Stories and Poems
  • Includes hopeful and encouraging Christmas stories


03. Christmas Stories

7 Original Short Stories

Kevin Moore

Fans of short fiction will love Christmas Stories. Each tale in author Kevin Moore’s debut collection celebrates the hope, magic, and memories so central to the true meaning of Christmas.

Celebrate the season of miracles with this collection of short stories about the lives of ordinary people and the lessons they learn during an extraordinary time of year.

You’ll meet a young boy who reevaluates his perceptions after he’s forced to spend Christmas with his stern grandfather, an attorney who seemingly has everything but really has very little; a burned-out homecoming queen who grows weary of her own excuses for failure; and many other memorable characters. As Moore’s protagonists face adversity and sadness, they learn important lessons, gain hope, and experience powerful transformations.

The perfect length for reading before bed, on your daily commute, or during a quiet hour, these tales offer you the opportunity to step away from your own life and into a world where it’s always Christmas and where—despite the often painful realities of life—there is always a lesson to learn and a reason to celebrate.


04. Christmas of the Heart

A Collection of Short Stories

– Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait

Christmas of the Heart is a collection of short stories and a novella, most with wonderful Christmas themes to enjoy over a cup of coffee and a sweet dessert–and like a sweet dessert, each story leaves you wanting more.

A Bed for Christmas is about the rough and tumble life of a few stray dogs and what it means when love finds them in an alley.

O Christmas Tree is a story of loss and signs given to a loved one. Could we all be missing everyday signs?

Snow Angels is a heartfelt story of two sons coming home to find their parents who suffered unbelievable atrocities but at Christmastime, miracles can happen.

Millie is a short story of a homeless woman meeting Santa Claus and how it changes everything.

Detecting a Mystery is a wonderful story about a guy with a new metal detector, a found bracelet, and how that mystery weaves a tale between two families and a grandmother’s dying wish.

This also includes a new novella, The Reindeer Ranch, full of all those Hallmark moments we all have come to enjoy. Meet Darci, the single mother with two children that is the Hope Falls city event planner. She isn’t looking for romance, but a tire blow out just might change all of that. Darci’s neighbor, Rita, comes to the rescue volunteering her brother to fix the tire in a snow storm. Brian is good-natured, handsome, and has a history that Darci doesn’t know about. Will the stars be in their favor?

There are many more stories, too many to highlight here. Pick up a copy, you’ll be glad you did! These stories are perfect for any time of year when a heartfelt story could lift your spirits.


05. Once Upon a Christmas

55 Heartwarming Short Stories Bring Meaning to the Season

– Rosanne Croft

A mysterious package left in the snow on Christmas Eve. A startling encounter with the homeless. A treasured gift of love. Set in the 1800s through the present, in colorful settings that span the globe, beloved inspirational writers Sharon Bernash Smith, Linda Reinhardt, and Rosanne Croft pen charming holiday stories to warm, delight, and romance the heart. Travel to small towns, to the tropics of Africa, to the wilds of Montana, to battlefields, and many more fascinating locations with 55 short stories featuring unforgettable characters who discover, in the midst of difficult circumstances, the true meaning of Christmas.


06. A Home for Christmas

Short Story Collection

– MK McClintock

A collection of three historical western short stories to inspire love and warm the heart.CHRISTMAS MOUNTAINIn search of family she barely knows and the adventure she’s always wanted, Katherine Donahue is saved from freezing on a winter night in the mountains of Montana by August Hollister. Neither of them expected that what one woman had in mind was a new beginning for them both.TETON CHRISTMASHeartache and a thirst for adventure lead McKensie Stewart and her sister to Wyoming after the death of their parents. With the help of a widowed aunt and a charming horse breeder, McKensie discovers that hope is a cherished promise, and there is no greater gift than love. LILY’S CHRISTMAS WISHLily Malone has never had a real family or a real Christmas. This holiday season, she might get both. From an orphanage in New York City to the rugged mountains of Colorado, Lily sends out only one wish. But when the time comes, can she give it up so someone else’s wish can come true?


07. A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories

 

Classic literary masterpieces help us to remind the spirit of Christmas and celebrate the timeless truths of the holiday season. This collection of Christmas short stories and tales by classic writers features works from Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Mark Twain, and more. A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories: An Anthology of Short Stories Before the Great Tradition of Christmas is a book devoted to being enjoyed by the whole family during the Advent season.

AUTHORS OF THE SHORT STORIES INCLUDED IN THIS BOOK:

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, L. M. MONTGOMERY, WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE, CHARLES DICKENS, MARK TWAIN

KATE DOUGLAS WIGGIN AND NORA A. SMITHRALPH HENRY BARBOUR


08. Christmas Stories

Heartwarming Classics of Angels, a Manger, and the Birth of Hope

– Max Lucado

Experience the true meaning of Christmas with beloved storyteller Max Lucado.

The Christmas Candle shines with a radiant insight. Written with Max Lucado’s signature style of sincerity and spiritual perception, this story will warm the reader’s heart with the wonders of God’s love and mercy.” —In the Library Reviews

Heartwarming Classics of Angels, a Manger, and the Birth of Hope.

These stories—like your favorite Christmas ornaments—come in all shapes and sizes. They unfold in a variety of settings, from ancient Bethlehem to rural England. From a small Texas town to the heavenly realms. Some are short. Others many chapters long. Some offer reflections. Others imagine Christmas through the eyes of a burnt-out candle maker, a lonely businessman, or heavenly angels.

Yet all are vintage Lucado, and all resonate with the wonder of the season.

“In the mystery of Christmas,” Max writes, “we find its majesty. The mystery of how God became flesh, why he chose to come, and how much he must love his people. Such mysteries can never be solved, just as love can never be diagrammed. Christmas is best pondered, not with logic, but imagination.”

That’s what each of these unique Christmas stories helps us do. In the midst of the bustle and hurry that often distracts us this time of year, these stories free us to explore the ways in which Christ’s coming has forever changed history—and us.

“A powerful reminder of the true meaning of faith and community, The Christmas Candle is a welcome respite from the harried commercialism of the holiday season.” —BookPage

“Fans of Charles Dickens and Jan Karon, you’re in for a treat! Max Lucado has penned a wholly original Christmas story complete with cobblestone streets, quirky characters, and a supernatural visit you’ll never forget.” —John C. Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author on The Christmas Candle


09. The Mistletoe Murder

And Other Stories

– P. D. James

Throughout her illustrious career as the Queen of Crime, P. D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. Now, for the first time, four of the best are collected here. In “The Twelve Clues of Christmas,” James’s iconic Scotland Yard detective, Adam Dalgliesh, is drawn into a case that is pure Agatha Christie. In “A Very Commonplace Murder,” a respectable clerk’s secret taste for pornography is only the first reason he finds for not coming forward as a witness to a terrible crime. “The Boxdale Inheritance” finds Dalgliesh reinvestigating a notorious murder at the insistence of his godfather—only to uncover the darkest of family secrets. And in the title story, a bestselling crime novelist describes the crime in which she herself was involved some fifty years ago.

Playful and ingenious, shot through with narrative elegance and sly humor, The Mistletoe Murder is a treat for P. D. James’s legions of fans—and anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a masterfully wrought whodunit.


10. A Treasury of Christmas Stories and Songs

Cottage Door Press

A Treasury of Christmas Stories and Songs has Christmas favorites for the family! Bring everyone together to enjoy this collection of traditional tales, classic rhymes, and cherished songs and carols. Each one is beautifully illustrated to conjure up the wonder and the joy of Christmas.

Stories include: The First Christmas, The Nutcracker, The Fir Tree, The Night Before Christmas, A Letter to Santa and Twelve Days of Christmas

Song lyrics include Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Christmas Tree, Always a Manger, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, The First Noel, Good King Wenceslas, We Three Kings, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, and O Come All Ye Faithful

  • Christmas favorites for the family!
  • Bring the holidays to life with 18 different stories and songs to enjoy – each with classic illustrations
  • The beautiful hardcover book is a great addition to all classic holiday book collections
  • Perfect for gifts, stocking stuffers, or a surprise gift for little ones to get ready for Christmas time while enjoying classic stories or learning the words to their favorite Christmas songs
  • Bond with your child through family storytime and holiday experiences while strengthening love for books and reading


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Top 20 Short Christmas Stories

11. My Best Christmas

and other stories of the season

– David Paul Koning

My Best Christmas – and other stories of the season offers fifteen delightful short, easy to read stories of Christmas. In them find heartwarming glimpses of what Christmas is all about. Walk along with a host of diverse characters looking for meaning beyond Santa, the hustle and bustle of shopping, tinsel, and parties.
Spy on the neighbors with the Sheppard sisters. Deliver a long-overdue gift with Davis B. and Marian Bright. Learn the true meaning of Christmas, Mrs. Radmaster-style. Spend an evening at Vinnie’s Diner and Truck Stop with Harold and Jim. Reminisce with William and Lester at the Gospel of Peace Mission. Learn with the wise ones what it means to give gifts to Jesus. Walk with fifth-grade teacher Harold as he learns an important lesson from his student. Experience reconciliation at the festival of Les’ and Carl’s. See God’s guiding hand directing those that wander.
These unique stories show that nothing says Christmas like babies, cradles, mangers, camels, bald-headed angels, rocks, and frogs. Most importantly, nothing says Christmas like the birth of Jesus.
My Best Christmas and other stories of the season provide sometimes quirky looks into a season of the year that can get so cluttered with other things. Yet amid the clutter, it’s the birth of Jesus that stands out. In these stories, God’s grace is on display and reminds us of the important message of Christmas, namely, Immanuel, God with us.


12. Home for Christmas

Stories for Young and Old

For readers who are tired of Christmas commercialism, or who feel that Santa Claus and reindeer don’t tell the whole story, these classic gems provide a winning alternative. Selected for their insightfulness, spiritual value, and literary quality (nothing moralistic here) they project the spirit of the season in a fresh, compelling manner that will resonate with readers of all ages – from children too young to read to themselves, to parents and grandparents who enjoy reading stories aloud.

Home for Christmas includes time-tested favorites by some of the world’s most beloved children’s authors:

Pearl Buck, Selma Lagerlöf, Henry van Dyke, Madeleine L’Engle, Elizabeth Goudge, Rebecca Caudill, Ruth Sawyer, as well as little-known European stories appearing in English for the first time.


13. A Treasury of Christmas Miracles

True Stories of God’s Presence Today

– Karen Kingsbury

#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury’s classic collection of true stories that celebrate the wonder of Christmas is now available with an updated cover.

An incredible chance encounter that changes everything…help that suddenly appears from nowhere…kindness handed to us when it is least expected. We have all experienced miracles in our lives. In A TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS MIRACLES, Karen Kingsbury presents a collection of real-life stories about people whose lives were changed by the mystery of Christmas. With an uplifting voice, she shares undeniable proof of God’s presence in our lives and gives us a joyous reminder of the true meaning of Christmas: the greatest miracle of all is opening our hearts to love.


14. The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories

– Martin Edwards

Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of MurderA Christmas party is punctuated by a gunshot under a policeman’s watchful eye. A jewel heist is planned amidst the glitz and glamour of Oxford Street’s Christmas shopping. Lost in a snowstorm, a man finds a motive for murder.

This collection of mysteries explores the darker side of the festive season―from unexplained disturbances in the fresh snow to the darkness that lurks beneath the sparkling decorations.

With neglected stories by John Bude and E.C.R. Lorac, as well as tales by little-known writers of crime fiction, Martin Edwards blends the cozy atmosphere of the fireside story with a chill to match the temperature outside. This is a gripping seasonal collection sure to delight mystery fans.


15. 24 Classic Children’s Christmas Short Stories

– Sharla Race

A special collection of twenty-four classic Christmas stories from the late 1800s and early 1900s. All the stories were written for children and appeared in Christmas journals, magazines, and collections of short stories. The most common themes involve thinking about others and helping those who are less fortunate but some are just fun and focus on Santa Claus. The authors are men and women and most were popular writers in their era.

The authors include Louisa May Alcott, Mary Howitt, L. Frank Baum, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Eugene Field, Susan Coolidge, William O. Stoddard, Emma K. Parrish, Clement C. Moore, Beatrix Potter, Margery Williams, and John P. Peters.

Titles include Christmas Gifts, Becky’s Christmas Dream, How Santa Claus Came, They Got Turkey, A Kidnapped Santa Claus, Behind The White Brick, Hedwig’s Christmas Presents, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Tailor of Gloucester, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Animals’ Christmas Tree, The Fairy Christmas, and ‘Twas the Night before Christmas.


16. An Advent Calendar of Christmas Stories

24 Classic Short Stories for December

– Trish Ryedale

An addition to your advent calendar – 24 traditional Christmas stories to read during December.

A must-have book in your Top 20 Short Christmas Stories.

Short inspirational Christmas stories to read aloud


17. Mistletoe and Holly

Classic Christmas Stories

– Julia Livshin

To help stoke the Christmas spirit and provide a respite from the annual blizzard of commercialism and family obligations, these twenty tales offer a heartwarming and enlightening look at Christmas from the perspective of some of America’s most gifted and well-loved writers of the early twentieth century and before.

Some celebrate traditional Yuletide sentiments while others present surprising twists on the Christmas theme or portray alluring characters involved in unexpected circumstances. Many take place in America, but some are set on foreign soil, such as in Italy and the Arctic. A wide range of social situations is represented (i.e., not all are about New York socialites discovering the true meaning of Christmas), and not everyone has a conventional happy ending, but all offer compelling and original insights into the human condition within the context of Christmas.

There are well-known tales of love and sacrifice such as O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” but also more obscure stories from other celebrated but perhaps less-well-known authors. Writers represented include Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jack London, Frank Stockton, Mary Agnes Tinker, Robert Grant, Edward Eggleston, Sarah Orne Jewett, Bret Harte, and many others. This compact collection of Christmas literary gems is a perfect gift and will be a treasure for years to come.


18. Joy to the World

A Regency Christmas Collection

– Carolyn Miller

Inspirational Regency romance with a Christmas twist from three best-selling authors

In Joy to the World, three popular romance authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness.

“Heaven and Nature Sing” by Carolyn Miller
Two music lovers, deeply devoted to each other, we’re on the brink of engagement when family circumstances drove them apart. How can they ever overcome both their obligations and their fears to find their way back into each other’s arms?

“Far as the Curse Is Found” by Amanda Barratt
One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts?

“Wonders of His Love” by Erica Vetsch
A Scots portrait painter finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he’d fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart.

19. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

A Hercule Poirot Short Story

– Agatha Christie

A classic Agatha Christie short story, available individually for the first time as an ebook.

Asked to investigate an incident that needs to be dealt with discretion, Poirot reluctantly agrees to spend Christmas in the countryside with the Laceys. Dreading the cold and traditional English fare Poirot attempts to locate a missing ruby in order to save a kingdom…


20. 25 BEDTIME STORIES

– Albert Smith

A Collection of Short Christmas Fairy Tales with morals and Positive Affirmations to Help Children and Toddlers Have a Relaxing Sleep with Beautiful Dreams. A must-have short Xmas stories for kids.
DO YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO HAVE BEAUTIFUL AND DEEP DREAMS?

You are in the right place! In this book, you will find 25 different children’s stories designed to stimulate their sleep.

In this book you will find many stories:

The Dragon Rider Who Would Be King,  Betty’s Reward, The Boy Who Didn’t Like To Give

The Witch Who Refused To Lend Her Yard, The Christmas Thief,  Santa’s Naughty List

Christmas With Princess Merilyn, Jamie Wilson, The Witch And The Candy Cane, Mr. Keep

What Happened To Rudolph’s Red Nose? , Rovin Gets Some Lovin’, Lisa Ornery

Nagging Nancy, A Christmas Mission, A Christmas Miracle, Nitpick, The Stubborn Elf

Something Wet Is On Lana!, The Adventurous Princesses, The Boy, And The Seven Elves

The Patient Tree, Mary Anthony Saves The Dinosaur, The Spirit Of Christmas

The Witch Of The Dark Castle, When Harriet Found The Bag,  The Christmas Letter, and the Dragon


In conclusion, these books containing short stories are all about Christmas and by many famous authors of different era. These top short stories have always been around and are memorable reads for many of us. It contains heartwarming Christmas stories of all time which you can read over and over again. These must read books are highly recommended by many. The list have been generated from different sources are based on readers recommendations. Feel free to share, like and comment on the section below and say what you think of our list. If you have anything to add or remove and feel strongly about it, let us know as we keep updating all our lists. Hope you will enjoy the. Happy Reading!
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