126 “The Fairy Christmas” by Etheldred B. Barry

A bedtime story with an important message for all of us. The phone number is (323) 487-12-25. Call and tell me what Christmas IS to you. Thanks to everyone who has given to the Christmas Stocking! MyChristmasStocking.net/contribute. Get social with the Christmas Stocking on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Google+ and Pinterest.

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Featured music:

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Al Lewis
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“Emmanuel” by Melody and Truth from the album “Merry Christmas”
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Background music:

“O Come All Ye Faithful” by Howard Eddy
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“Angels We Have Heard on High” by Frank Carter from the album “Christmas Cheer”
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Read along and find other stories in The Night Before Christmas and Other Popular Stories for Children.

115 “What Happened Christmas Eve” by Oliver Herfold

A nice story for the little ones on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Merry Christmas.  Call the Christmas Stocking at (323) 487-12-25 or email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET. All year long you’ll find me on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking), and Google+. Catch up on all the episodes and check out the extras at MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

“While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (w/ Hallelujah)” by Kurt Scobie from “A Merry Mixtape” (from Noisetrade)

Background music:

“Iuguetes en Navidad” by junior85 (from the Free Music Archive)

“Memory Box” by junior85 (from the Free Music Archive)

“Joy to the World” by Jason Shaw (from Audionautix.com)

Read the story yourself and find other stories in The Night Before Christmas and Other Popular Stories for Children.

104 “Papa Panov’s Special Christmas” by Leo Tolstoy

It’s time for a Christmas story. This one’s really nice. Make sure you’re caught up with all the episodes at MyChristmasStocking.net. Keep up with the show on Facebook, Twitter (@XmasStocking), and Google+.

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Featured music:

“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” by Peter Furler featuring David Ian from “Peter Furler Christmas featuring David Ian”
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Background music:

“Away in a Manger – Traditional Christmas Carol for Piano” by Mario Ajero (from Mevio.com)

“After Christmas” by Dexter Britain from “Dexter Britain: Creative Commons Vol. 2” (from the Free Music Archive)

“The Gloucestershire Wassail” by IKOS featuring Dave Clifton from “Christmas Carols and Songs” (Little Room) (from the Free Music Archive)
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“Silent Night” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by Paul and Brenda Neal from “Two Harps Christmas” (from Mevio.com)
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“Snow Day” by Rosie Thomas from “A Very Rosie Christmas”
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“Of the Father’s Love Begotten”” by IKOS featuring Dave Clifton from “Christmas Carols and Songs” (Little Room) (from the Free Music Archive)
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“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” by the United States Marine Band from “Holiday Music Selections” (from the Free Music Archive)

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92 “Little Wolff’s Wooden Shoes” by François Coppée

It’s a good time for a Christmas story, so here you go. Find the Christmas Stocking on Twitter (@XmasStocking), Google+, and Facebook. Email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Featured music:

“Silent Night” by Eamonn McCrystal from “The Music of Christmas & Stories Behind The Songs
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Background music:

Christmas Eve at Midnight (Small Town Square)” by Lee Rosevere from “A Happy Puppy Christmas” (from the Free Music Archive)

O Come, O Come Emmanuel / Greensleeves,” “O Holy Night,” and “Jingle Bells” by Simply Three from “A Simply Three Christmas”
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“Deck the Halls with We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by Doug Boldt (from Mevio.com)

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82 “The Three Kings” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I share with you the story of the Three Kings as told by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Find all the episodes on MyChristmasStocking.net. Make sure you’re following Twitter.com/XmasStocking, you have us on your Facebook News Feed, and the Christmas Stocking is on your Google+  home page. Thank you to everyone who’s given to the Christmas Stocking at Contribute.MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

“O Come, O Come Immanuel” by Richard Jensen from the EP “Carols”

Background music:

“We Three Kings” by Tommy Harden from “Peace On Earth” (IMI)
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“Good Christian Friends, Rejoice!” by Washington Saxophone Quartet from “Tis The Season Celebrate With WSaxQ” (Americus Records, Inc.)
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“The Holly and The Ivy” by Washington Saxophone Quartet from “Tis The Season Celebrate With WSaxQ” (Americus Records, Inc.)
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HWLongfellow.org has much about Mr. Longfellow, including the poem itself.

68 “A Christmas Dinner” by Charles Dickens

From Christmas 2011: Mr. Dickens loved Christmas. He wrote about it a lot. And he’s credited with creating the modern Christmas. Today, an essay he wrote when he was just 23, where you can see some of the themes that would come out in his later, more famous work. Find more episodes and ways to get in touch at MyChristmasStocking.net. We’re also on Twitter.com/XmasStockingFacebook, and Google+. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

“O Come All Ye Faithful” by 21 AD from “Christmas… A Winter’s Love”

Background music:

“Für Elise” by Lenny Marcus from “The Jazz of Beethoven”
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“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by The London Fox Players from “Christmas – Lounge Jazz” (Classic Fox Records)
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“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Coventry Carol” by Michael Ryan from “A Classical Guitar Christmas”

“Snowfall” by Bill Cunliffe, Clay Jenkins, Larry Koonse, Joe La Barbera, Tom Warrington from “Snowfall” (Jazz Compass)
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You can read “A Christmas Dinner” yourself.

57 “A Visit From St. Nicholas” by Clement Clark Moore

From Christmas 2010: Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy it. Stay in touch on Twitter.com/XmasStocking and our Facebook page. Email: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.net. Other ways to communicate and a lot more are at MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

“Santa’s On His Way” by The Pipettes
from “Santa’s On His Way”
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Background music:

“A Silent Night” by Bernd Rover (from MacJams.com)

“Christmastime” by illuminati (from MacJams.com)

“I Saw Three Ships” by The Manor House String Quartet from “I Saw Three Ships and Other Carols”

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by Joemy Wilson from “Gifts – Traditional Christmas Carols”
(Dargason Music)
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“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by TennesseeVic (from MacJams.com)

More info:

Several versions of the poem, including four published in the 19th century, are on Wikisource.org

44 Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

From Christmas 2009: The New York Sun may no longer be around, but this editorial may live forever. A little background about the editorial and Virginia, and of course we will hear it, too. If you’d like to be on the Christmas Stocking, go to MyChristmasStocking.net, click the Call Me button and enter your phone number.  My voicemail will call you for free. Join us on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.com/XmasStocking.

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Featured music:

“The Christmas Song” by Stacey Kent from “The Christmas Song” (Candid Productions)
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Background music:

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Randy Klein from “Here Comes Santa Claus” (Rock Candy Music)
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“Simple Gifts” by Amy Marie from “Simple Gifts” (Spiritwood Music)
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“Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy” by  Berlin Symphony Orchestra from “Christmas Remixed 2” (Christmas Chill)
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Read the editorial for yourself on Wikipedia

29 “Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry

From Christmas 2008: In this super-stuffed Christmas Stocking episode, one of my favorite Christmas stories. I hope you enjoy it. Find info at MyChristmasStocking.net. If you have any stories or poems you would like to be shared on The Christmas Stocking, you can email me: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.  Also follow me on Twitter.com/XmasStocking. And join us on Facebook. And talk to me be on MyChristmasStocking.net, click the Call Me button, and my voicemail will call you.

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Featured music:

“Away in a Manger” by Amy Caldwell and Tom Moore (from Soundclick.com)

Background music:

“All Poor Men And Humble” by The Eden Symphony Orchestra from “20 Classical Christmas Favorites”(Classic Fox Records)
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“Christmas Pathetiqué” by Michael Allen Harrison from “Enchanted Christmas Volume Three”
(MAH Records)
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“Angels We Have Heard on High” by Tommy Harden (from “Peace On Earth”)
(IMI)
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You can read the story yourself.

Wikipedia has a nice overview of other versions of the story.

If you want to find out more about O. Henry (including his real name) The Literature Network is a good resource.

22 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

From Christmas ’07: The most famous ghost story is also one of the most famous Christmas stories, and we look at the story behind the story. Tell us your Christmas story at MyChristmasStocking.net, email me at TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET.

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Background music:

“The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy” by Frank McConnell (from “Christmas Guitar – Warm And Intimate Christmas Favorites”)
(Classic Fox Records)
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“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Herbie Flowers, Mike Hatchard (from “Christmas Jazz – Colourful Interpretations Of Christmas Favorites”)
(Classic Fox Records)
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Featured music:

“Christmas Song” by Greener (from “Christmas Song”)
(Two Lions Media, Inc.)
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More information:

Here’s a closer look at the story of A Christmas Carol.

Pastor Mark D. Roberts loves the story and goes in-depth with Dickens’s influence.

Here’s a nice overview of Charles Dickens’s influence on Christmas.

Wikipedia.com‘s biography of Mr. Dickens.

If you’re ever in London, you might want to visit the Charles Dickens Museum.

19 Santa’s Letter to Suzy Clemens

From Christmas ’07: A change of pace this episode. Suzy Clemens, the daughter of Mark Twain, received at least one letter from Santa Claus. Can you imagine? That would be so cool! We will look over her shoulder and read it. Let me know what you think of this special episode at MyChristmasStocking.net. Or email me: TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET .

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Background music:

“Variations on a West Country Carol” by USAF Concert Band and Singing Sergeants (from “Make the Season Bright”)
(Altissimo!)
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“Away in a Manger” by Frank McConnell (from “Christmas Guitar – Warm And Intimate Christmas Favorites”)
(Classic Fox Records)
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Featured music:

“Snow” by The von Trapp Children (from “Snow – New Songs of the Season”)
(IMI)
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If you would like a copy for yourself, maybe to read to your child…