Holiday Story Inspiration: 3 Stories to Refresh the Soul
There’s a certain mix of feelings spread out around the holidays. With shopping lists, wrapping paper, and all the preparedness involved, the happy time of the year can warp into a rushed joy.
And it’s almost inevitable. You have to find a way to balance busy days with office parties, family, and more than your usual chores. Time off can mean time for holiday busy work.
This can leave behind the message of peace we imbue in the holidays.
When did we loose our moment to reflect? Our focus on the peace of the holiday season?
Holiday stories offer us a chance to reflect and to remember. A holiday story may not necessarily be religious, but they are often written with a sense of love and lessons. Each year many of the classics still dominate the holiday story genre, but new or old, a good holiday story should make you think about what it means to enjoy the holidays.
Many holiday stories focus on peace, giving, and acts off kindness. These are all lessons we should carry with us throughout the year.
3 Holiday Stories to Refresh the Soul
The Gift of the Magi. The O’ Henry story reminding us what it means to give gifts.
The magi, as you know, were wise men–wonderfully wise men–who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents.
A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens short novel telling the story of Marley and Scrooge, and what it means to learn kindness towards others. A popular holiday movie, the words are quite fun to read and revisit. It is filled with humorous dialogue.
…every idiot who goes about with “Merry Christmas” on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!
Papa Panov’s Special Christmas. A short story by Leo Tolstoy, about a shoemaker who receives a visit from Jesus.
As she drew nearer he could see that it was a baby, wrapped in a thin shawl. There was such sadness in her face and in the pinched little face of the baby, that Papa Panov’s heart went out to them.
Enjoy your holiday this season, and enjoy a few good stories too.