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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,118 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Louisa May Alcott's enchanting Christmas stories, presented in a beautiful hardcover edition perfect for giving as a gift.

A Merry Christmas collects the best holiday stories of Louisa May Alcott, from the yuletide festivities of Marmee and her 'little women' to the moving 'What Love Can Do'. Deeply influenced by real-life events, including characters based on Alcott's fami
Hardcover, 148 pages
Published November 6th 2014 by Penguin Classics (first published December 23rd 1875)
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4.5 stars rounded to 4 stars

This is a compilation of seven of Louisa May Alcott’s best Christmas stories. I did skip one of them, A Merry Christmas, as it is a chapter out of Little Women, which I plan to read in 2021. This holiday season I decided I was more in the mood for historical stories, especially those that represent the true meaning of Christmas.

I have not read Little Women. Shocker, I know. But my interest was piqued when I learned my 2019 book-of-the-year Mrs. Everything is inspired
Joey Woolfardis
Dec 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am far too Yorkshire for Louisa May's unending sentimentality.

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Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely compilation of some of Alcott’s Christmas stories. Many were sweet and most heartwarming. This is a great example of the kind classic Christmas stories I enjoy reading.
Stacey (prettybooks)
This mini review is part of a blogpost talking about three children's classics.

I cannot resist adorable Christmas stories, especially when they're as beautiful as Penguin's new Christmas Classic series. I promised myself that I wouldn't buy any more books for the rest of the year, but then I went on a spontaneous trip last month to Foyles with Daphne and came across Merry Christmas and Other Stories. I bought it because I figured I'd have to wait another year to read it otherwise! It was a lovel
A book full of Christmas spirit and fuzzy feelings.
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND OTHER STORIES by Louisa May Alcott is a collection of seven short Christmas stories written by Alcott. I was a little scared to start reading them, because I LOVED Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys, but could I love all of her writing THAT much?! It seemed impossible. Turned out: it IS possible. I loved every single story in this book. I eased into it with the Christmas chapter from Little Women, which is so cute, beautiful, with a great morale behind it. A ...more
As heartwarming, wonderful and beautiful as one would expect any story by Louisa May Alcott to be. Like a comforting cup of cocoa this little book filled me with warmth, hope and Christmas cheer just when I needed it the most.

Cannot recommend this highly enough!
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: For all those readers who are suckers for sappy Hallmark channel original movies: this book’s for you.

A Merry Christmas- 3/5
When they went away, leaving comfort behind, I think there were not in all the city four merrier people than the hungry little girls who gave away their breakfasts, and contented themselves with bread and milk on Christmas morning.

There’s not a whole lot to tell with this one, mainly because this short story isn’t a standal
Katelyn Potter
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Christmas short stories... A good short read to bring on holiday cheer.
Christina Noll
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
This book was a hot chocolate with your favorite Christmas cookie and a candy cane! It was that sweet and warm. I feel I needed to read this book this Christmas considering all the anger and hate this year. Louisa May Alcott wrote this after her time as a volunteer nurse in the Civil War as well as her classic, Little Women, so to come out of that experience with something heartwarming and hopeful is quite encouraging! Merry Christmas!
Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Why why why don't they write books like this anymore?

Modern short stories are lacking (at least the ones I've read). These short stories were beautiful and we, the reader, did not suffer any by reading them. There was nothing missing. Well except for more stories. I was sad when it ended!
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sweet Christmas stories by Alcott with the moral of giving to the poor.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet little book of heartwarming Christmas stories.
antiquarian reverie
Last year I read a short Christmas Story by Louisa May Alcott which was part of a collection with various authors. I have not yet read "Little Women" but have seen the Katherine Hepburn and also the June Alyson movie versions, so the first short story in this collection is old hat to me. I enjoyed all but the part which is about the girls giving a play. I don't know what it is but in the movie versions my aversion and dislike of this section is present and while I was reading I just could not ge ...more
Beth Bonini
I'm not really objective on the subject of Little Women; it's been a part of my life for so long, and the characters feel like part of my own family. As it starts with a famous Christmas scene, it has long been associated in my mind with books that feature Christmas. And even though it makes much of the Christian virtues of charity, benevolence and even self-sacrifice, the vibrant personalities of the characters - and in particular that of Jo - keep the novel from feeling too wholesome and preac ...more
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Alcott's stories are filled with lovely and humble people. Her books are all about virtues, but do not feel like a lecture at all. This book is a collection of wonderful Christmas stories encompassing all that is wonderful about this time of year. ...more
Cynthia Egbert
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-and-read
These are syrupy and delightful Christmas tales that will leave you feeling a wee bit overfed but I enjoyed them all the same. They were a perfect balance to offset the Cynan Jones book I was reading at the same time. Opposite ends of the spectrum! I was grateful for all of the happy endings and all of the responsible and wonderful people in the stories. And there was just enough struggle to keep it from gagging me! Some quotes I loved...

"But God knew, and when the time came, He remembered Patty
I'm rating this on only 4 stories read, as the others overlap with a other volume I have:

A Merry Christmas (first chapter of Little Women)
Kate's Choice (about an orphaned girl who helps her family turn back towards her grandmother, who had basically been forgotten)
What Love Can Do (how several boarders band together to provide a beautiful Christmas for a less fortunate young family)
Mrs. Podger's Teapot (a young orphan is taken in, includes a bit of a sweet romance)

"It's the teapot. I don't know
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I will read anything by Louisa May Alcott, I just adore Little Women. So seeing she had a collection of holiday stories I thought what a great book to read this season. I'll rate each story individually and then do an overall rating of the book. Overall it's a 4 stars because it's Louisa May Alcott! Now I'm really curious to read her mysteries!

A Merry Christmas: 5 stars!! I mean it's part of my favorite book Little Women
Kate's Choice: 5 stars
The Quiet Little Women: 5 stars
Tilly's Christmas: 3.75
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A delightful read in 2020 at Christmas time. I would recommend to anyone who hasn’t really read Alcott, including myself and wants to get into her reading. Or who just needs some joy, hope and a little merriment!
Lynsey Summers
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the wonderfully uplifting and innocent Christmas collection by Louisa May Alcott. Will definitely be read every Christmas now.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a delightful collection of seven tales based at and around Christmas that shows the real meaning behind this ever popular holiday as friends, family and neighbours come together to help each other, sacrificing their own time and money in the process. This has the same kind of feel and joyful innocence that makes A Christmas Carol an ever lasting classic with the added power of Alcott's writing bring strong female characters to life, something that was lacking when they were originally wr ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm glad that I picked this as my Christmas read. While some may say these stories are too sentimental and saccharine, it was comforting to have something old-fashioned to read. When and why did we decide it was uncool to have values and to think kindly of others? As the holidays have become too commercial (and I'll be the first to admit I do love presents)- even this year when some people (and I'm not faulting anyone for this because we all have to cope somehow) are buying more things to make u ...more
Trix Wilkins
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this collection of Christmas stories and wish I'd discovered them earlier! ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the stories in this book, all with the same message that Christmas cheer is best when shared, whether you have a lot to give or just a little.
Ashley Jacobson
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-holiday
A few of these stories were beautiful, like Kate's Choice and What Love Can Do. Others were strange, like Rosa's tale, and some slightly boring. ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the simplicity of each of the little stories. How wonderful it would be if everyone and everything were as if in a LMA story.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, christmas
The cover of this book is so pretty and festive. The stories were Christmasy, heartwarming and peaceful, perfect reading for the week of Christmas.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cozy Christmas stories
Emma Holtrust
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
ust like Trollope's book, this one is also a collection of several of Louisa May Alcott's stories. Though I reviewed each story separately before, these stories are all so similar that I'll post one big review.

The first short story, and the title of the book, is not as much that than it is an excerpt out of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This is by far the most known story in the book and, though I don't think it works perfectly well without the Little Women background, I loved reading it so
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Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
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Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t

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