Here are some suggestions for family Christmas listening:
Stories with a Christmas theme:
A short book, perfect for younger listeners, read by Kara Shallenberg: Christmas Holidays at Merryvale by Alice Hale Burnett.
The Christmas Angel by Abbie Farwell Brown, very much in the spirit of Dickens’ Christmas stories, read by Jan MacGillivray.
The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin, a charming story of Christmas cheer.
Old Christmas by Washington Irving, a tale of the quaint and old English traditions of celebrating Christmas.
Christmas Eve ghost stories Told after Supper by Jerome K. Jerome at his tongue-in-cheek best, read by Ruth Golding.
“If you don’t like Christmas stories, don’t read this one! And if you don’t like dogs I don’t know just what to advise you to do!” says Eleanor Hallowell Abbott, author of Peace On Earth, Good-Will To Dogs, read by Allyson Hester.
A grumpy gent learning the lesson of Christmas in Santa Claus’s Partner by Thomas Nelson Page.
Two versions of The Spirit of Christmas, a group of stories, essays and prayers by Henry van Dyke.
Music On Christmas Morning by Anne Bronte
Christmas carols, stories and poems
Other collections which include Christmas Carols, as well as seasonal stories and poems, include:
- the annual Christmas Short Works Collections from 2006 – 2009, which have not only English contributions, but also stories and poems in many languages.
- Adventskalender 2009 in German
- Christmas Poetry and Hymn Collection
As we at Librivox approach with great excitement the release of our 1000th audiobook of 2009 and our 3000th in total, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year.