7 Christmas Short Stories For Middle and High School

Christmas Short Stories

Middle school students are straddling the world between childhood excitement during the Christmas season and adult disinterest. Regardless of the mood they’re in, students should love the following short stories, which are perfect for December lesson plans.

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Holiday Short Stories

  1. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry | Assessment Activity & Creative Writing Project | Assessment Activity & Creative Writing Project on TpT
  2. A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
  3. The Burglar’s Christmas by Willa Cather 
  4. Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck 
  5. The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson
  7. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Bonus short stories!

  1. A Chaparral Christmas Gift by O. Henry 
  2. The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern 
  3. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

If you have any other short story ideas for the Christmas or other December holidays, please let me know!

Copyright notice: These stories are published on sites other than reThinkELA.com and NO copyrighted stories are excerpted or quoted in RTE-created materials. Some stories are in the public domain (not copyrighted), or are excerpts of larger works, while others are not. In some cases, teachers may print a class set for their own classroom usage, but there are exceptions. Please check with your district regarding its policies and licenses for reproducing printed copies. Generally speaking, you may ask students to download their own copies (outside of the one you download for your own use) to their devices for their own educational studies.

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About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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