Top 5 Christmas stories

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Rated Top 5 Christmas Stories according to http://www.care2.com/causes/top-5-christmas-stories-and-why-we-love-them.html

1. “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore (more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas” and “Twas the Night Before Christmas”). This story is a poem that describes a family that is soundly asleep until the father of the family heard a loud noise that woke him up. He rushed to go see what had caused the loud noise and he saw St. Nicholas. It is narrated from the father’s point of view.
2. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
This story is about an old, mean man named Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is a man who has lost the belief in Christmas and all it stands for. His only concern is earning money. Scrooge’s business partner named Jacob Marley died seven years earlier. That night Scrooge was visited by Marley who arrives wrapped in heavy chains and money boxes due to the fact that he was selfish and greedy throughout his life. Marley tells Scrooge he can avoid ending up the same way if he listens to the three ghosts that will visit him that night. The three ghosts are the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. These three ghosts visit Scrooge in his sleep and they help him realize that if he continues on the path he’s on, there will not be a good outcome. When Scrooge wakes up the next morning he is a changed man. He became a man that treated everyone with kindness, generosity, and compassion.
3. “The Fir-Tree” by Hans Christian Andersen
In the woods there was a little Fir-tree. This little fir-tree was always embarrassed and frustrated because he was referred to as “the baby of the forest.” According to a stork who goes to talk to the little fir-tree the older trees have been getting chopped down and put up in houses to be decorated. One day the little fir-tree was cut down and put in a house where he was decorated with candles, colored apples, toys, and baskets of candy. After he was decorated children arrived to take all of the candy and gifts. Then the children sat down to listen to the story of “Humpty Dumpty.” The following day the little fir-tree was taken down and carried to the attic where he told the story of “Humpty Dumpty” to the mice. When Spring arrived the fir tree was taken into the yard where he was cut into pieces and then burned.
4. There is a tie between excerpts from “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame and an editorial by Francis P. Church called “Is There a Santa Claus?” “The Wind in the Willows” is about a bunch of different animals and their experiences in the English countryside. It is mainly about the characters of Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad who all become friends. Throughout the story all of these animals have their own little adventures and most of them learn valuable lessons. “Is There a Santa Claus?” was an editorial written for The New York Sun to answer a question that was asked by an eight- year old little girl named Virginia O’Hanlon. She asked if there was a Santa Claus. Francis P. Church responded to her letter by saying that there was.
5. “Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry
This story takes place at Christmas time and it centers around a poor married couple called the Dellinghams. The husband (James) and the wife (Della) want to get each other a gift that they want for Christmas but both of them don’t have enough money. The wife wanted a set of combs for her hair and the husband needed a chain for his pocket watch. In order to earn money to buy each other gifts the wife gets her hair cut and sells it and the husband sells his watch. When they exchange the gifts they realize that they both sold something dear to them in order to buy the other a special gift which proves that they were gifts of love.

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