You’ve finally made it! You’ve completed your grading and finishing up another semester. Winter break is the perfect time to relax and catch up on leisure reading. On our reading list below are some classic choices for holiday reading, including short stories, haunting tales, and poetry. As a gift to our readers, we’re sharing these complete stories online for free through our partners at Questia. You can even view them on the go with the Questia App. Enjoy!
Charles Dickens’s famous Christmas tale of redemption, A Christmas Carol, is the perfect fireplace read this winter. For many families, it has become a tradition to read each year. As Ebenezer Scrooge struggles to evade his imminent doom, three helpful ghosts teach him the error of his ways in this classic English novella.
Christmas Holiday is a dramatic tale written by W. Somerset Maugham in 1939 about a young man’s thrilling trip to Paris. There he meets a troubled but passionate woman who is homeless and pining away for a love who turned out to be a murderer.
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 many stories within Charles Dickens’s Christmas Stories were written between 1850 and 1867 for Christmas editions of weekly journals. Included in this book are “The Cricket on the Hearth,” “Chirp the Second,” “Chirp the Third,” “The Seven Poor Travellers,” “The Story of Richard Doubledick,” and “The Road.”
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.
Christmas tales not for you? You may have caught the recent live musical on television, but have you ever read the original tale? Author J. M. Barrie’s story of Peter Pan first came to life as a play written in 1904, then as a novel adapted in 1911. This may be a perfect solution to family reading time at your home this winter.