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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  24 reviews
For readers who are tired of Christmas commercialism, or who feel that Santa Claus and reindeer don't tell the whole story, these classic gems provide a winning alternative. Selected for their insightfulness, spiritual value, and literary quality (nothing moralistic here) they project the spirit of the season in a fresh, compelling manner that will resonate with readers of ...more
Paperback, 339 pages
Published September 14th 2002 by Plough Publishing House (first published September 1st 2002)
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Julius
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Of all the world's stories of Christmas, "Home for Christmas" is the best collection I've ever read.

All of the stories in this collection share the promise of the season: Goodness, giving, even each a story of a miracle of a kind. The collection subtitled, "Stories for Young and Old" is an apt description. After all the capitalistic, consumerist exploitations that haunt Christmas, the editors have given us narratives that point beyond our "needs" that advertisers exploit, to express the genuine
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Bronson
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a nice collection of short stories. A few I've heard or read in the past and some were new to me. I enjoyed working through them during the holiday season this year.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
If you simply don't have time for a full length novel but instead are looking for something you can read a little bit at a time, you might want to pick up Home for Christmas: Stories for the Young and Old which is a collaboration by a variety of authors like Pearl Buck, Rebecca Caudill, Ruth Sawyer, Elizabeth Goudge, Henry van Dyke and others. Each centers around the joyous blessing of Christmas and contains the true message of hope and goodwill towards men in each of these heartwarming stories. ...more
Molly Moody
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
very enjoyable but couldn't make me cry like the Christmas in My Heart series from Joe Wheeler!
Nancy
It was the title that drew me to buy this book at my library's used book store in the year of the first Christmas spent without my son who is now living in another state. It is a collection of twenty Christmas-related, mostly religious, or at least with a message, stories. Many of the authors were unknown to me, except for Pearl Buck, Madeleine L'Engle and Katherine Paterson. My favorite stories were The Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke about the fourth wise man, who never made it to Bethlehen, ...more
C.E. Hart
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh the nostalgia I felt reading this compilation of short stories! They brought to mind my younger years, when my grandmother would read short stories aloud to me. These stories contains morals, so-to-speak, but they aren’t bold and in-your-face. The gentle messages are enlightening and inspiring.

I haven’t read all twenty stories yet, but have thoroughly enjoyed the ones I have.

Home For Christmas is a warm and enjoyable collection of stories that are fun and meaningful. For young or old, it’s
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Labyrns
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
3.5. Good stories. Woodcut illustrations.
Tracey the Bookworm
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
1. Brother Robber by Helene Christaller: 3.5 stars
2. Three Young Kings by George Sumner Albee: 4 stars
3. Transfiguration by Madeleine L'Engle: 3.5 stars
4. The Cribmaker's Trip To Heaven by Reimmichl: 3 stars
5. The Guest by Nikolai S Lesskov: 5 stars
6. Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S Buck: 4 stars
Jalynn Patterson
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

For readers who are tired of Christmas commercialism, or who feel that Santa Claus and reindeer don t tell the whole story, these classic gems provide a winning alternative. Selected for their insightfulness, spiritual value, and literary quality (nothing moralistic here) they project the spirit of the season in a fresh, compelling manner that will resonate with readers of all ages from children too young to read to themselves, to parents and grandparents who enjoy reading stories
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Nancy
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Special Gift for Christmas

The meaning of Christmas shines through this collection of stories. These are not tales of Santa, elves and reindeer. These stories by well known authors illustrate the deeper meaning of Christmas. They range from sentimental to humorous. In these twenty stories there is something for everyone.

My favorites were Riders of St. Nicholas, a humorous tale of cowboys left behind to take care of the ranch while the rest of the ranch staff rides off to enjoy a Christmas
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Naomi
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alicia
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xmas
At literary collection of Christmas stories, with a conservative approach - eschewing sentimental claptrap in favor of classic, elegant writing. Readers who crave literary excellence as well as heartwarming Christmas messages will relish this carefully selected and intelligent anthology.

The collection has an international flavor, with stories set in Cuba, Germany, Siberia, Palestine, Denmark, Spain, and in the US Vermont and New York City. Some standard stories are here, including Henry van
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Michelle
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a unique collection of Christmas stories! I wasn't sure what to expect but I hadn't read or heard any of these stories until this book. Some of them are better than others as there are quite a few authors. I really enjoyed Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck, No Room in the Inn by Katherine Paterson, The Christmas Lie, and A Certain Small Shepherd by Rebecca Caudill.

Each story is different and takes you to a new place and time. Some of them are a bit slow and took me awhile to
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Joan
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a wide collection of Christmas short stories from around the world. Some are very familiar but most were unknown to me. They do not necessarily communicate the Christmas story as we evangelical Christians in America understand it. The stories are more like reflections of Christmas thought, some from places like Siberia or Cuba. Some are decidedly Roman Catholic, with bleeding statues. In others, the Christ child appears. Some are darker than the sweet stories we are used to. This is a ...more
Linda Orvis
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I enjoyed reading this during the Christmas season. It kept me focused on why I celebrate Christmas. Because it is a collection of Christmas short stories by authors like: Pearl S. Buck, Ruth Sawyer, Elizabeth Goudge, Henry van Dyke, and many more, each story is unique. I especially loved "What the Kings Brought" by Ruth Sawyer, because it is based on a true incident she experienced while living in Spain for a year. This book is for adults as well as children, and would be an amazing book to ...more
Beachbum7805
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Refreshing! Home for Christmas is a collection of short stories. Several were about the three kings. Most of the stories I thoroughly enjoyed reading. If you want to read a completely different Christmas book, this is the book to choose. It is a quick read. I read a couple of the short stories at a time. Don't wait until next Christmas to read this book, read it now!
Kristina Silverbears
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
A depressing collection of stories. Generally not the uplifting, Santa-filled, mistletoed storybook collection I had hoped for.

To be fair, the stories are well-written. Many are also religious. But none of them would inspire me to do a read-aloud on Christmas.
Megan
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holiday-reads
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of 20 heart-warming Christmas stories. Perfect for counting down to Christmas, they are excellent to read aloud (or just as good silent bedtime reads). I wouldn't mind rereading this collection every few years -- some of the stories yearly.
Debbie
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love these stories, especially Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck, it reminds me of my father, who grew up on a farm during the Depression, and always makes me cry!
Katie
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this collection of stories. Some were amazing. However, for me some got a little lost in translation. I would reread this work again at Christmas time in future years.
Kevin
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstread
I received this book as a firstread, so my thanks to the publisher for sending it.

Enjoyable Christmas book. Traditional in the sense of holiday spirit and Christianity.
Sarah
Nov 11, 2014 marked it as to-read
I won a copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. After it's arrived on my doorstep and I've had a chance to read it, I'll formulate my opinions and write a review. Stay tuned!
Karen Huber
Dec 02, 2007 rated it it was ok
This is hard to read at times other than the holidays. I've only read half of it so far.
Miki
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wonderful stories - will definitely read again during the holidays.
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