5 Christmas Stories You Should Read This Season
Christmas; a special time of the year, when thoughts and activities are all about feasts and good times. For bookworms, it’s a wonderful time to curl up in your favourite couch, with a great read. Or you could decide to gift a loved one. It’d make their Christmas, and yours!
Here are five Christmas stories you should read this season:
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens:
You can hardly go through a list of the best Christmas stories without coming across this quintessential one, from the author of ‘Oliver Twist’, and ‘Great Expectations’. If you haven’t come across this book yet, then chances are you’ve been missing out on timeless Classics. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a greedy fellow, Ebenezer Scrooge, whose life takes an important turn when he gets an unexpected visitor – the ghost of his former business partner, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet To Come. A sobering story that is sure to take you through the redemption of the elderly miser, as you flip through its pages.
The Gift Of The Magi – O. Henry:
Another timeless story that places emphasis on how we should strive to give, rather than striving to receive all the time; which is one of the most important reasons for the season.
A poor young couple, Jim and Della Dillingham Young, individually and secretly resolve to gift each other something valuable, on Christmas Eve. Della sells her precious long hair in order to buy a platinum fob chain for Jim’s antique gold watch. Jim on the other hand, pawns his gold watch to buy jeweled tortoiseshell combs for Della’s long hair.
A heartwarming story of love, and giving.
Christmas In Nigeria: A Collection Of Short Stories From Around The Nation – Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries:
If you treasure nostalgic feelings, then this book is for you. A collection of twelve beautiful Christmas experiences from across the country, written by the staff members of the aforementioned Library. This book explores the meaning of Christmas to Nigerians coming from different cultural backgrounds. Stories such as, ‘An Imo Story’, ‘The Journey Home – An Anambra Story’, ‘Banger Wars – A Niger Story’, ‘Carnivals and Beaches – A Lagos Story’, among others, will leave you reliving the days of Christmas in your childhood.
Skipping Christmas – John Grisham:
For lovers of legal thrillers, the name, John Grisham, is a household one. The author of “The Runaway Jury” moves a step away from his usual style in Skipping Christmas. A comic story of Luther and Nora Krank, an old couple who decide to dissociate themselves from all Christmas festivities, because their kids have moved away. To them, Christmas has lost its perceived value. However, their community fights against all odds to reverse this decision of theirs. An inspiring tale that mirrors the complexities of modern society, and how it has led people to forget the value of the Christmas spirit.
Sherlock Holmes – The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle:
A few of us probably grew up reading the mystery and detective adventures of Sherlock Holmes, written by his best friend and partner, Sir Arthur Canon Doyle. The story is exclusively set during the Christmas period, 1892 in Victorian London. When a Christmas goose and a blue Carbuncle (a valuable diamond), get stolen, who else can solve this mystery, other than the mysterious Sherlock Holmes?