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A New Christmas Story Each Year
Our 22nd Anniversary
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*** 2019 Christmas Story ***
The Christmas Tree and the Dog

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Welcome to Holiday Short Story .com

Each year I am pleased to offer a new Christmas story for the holiday season. This year, 2019, marks the 22nd anniversary of the Holiday Christmas Story Project. Many of the stories are award winners.

The latest Christmas story, The Christmas Tree and the Dog, and all of my other Christmas stories are available for free reading online on this website. Your donations are always appreciated and help continue this project.

This online Christmas tradition started in 1998 with the first Christmas short story titled Snowflake. Snowflake was later awarded First Place in the annual Holiday Christmas Story Contest hosted by The St. Augustine (Florida) Record Newspaper. Snowflake is a heartwarming tale about a young girl’s attempts to get a small disabled puppy from a pet store to give as a very special Christmas gift. Over the years several other stories have also won awards.

Many of the past years Christmas stories are available in the Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection book that is offered in print or ebook format. This book is dedicated "to all lost and homeless animals past and present." Four of the book's Christmas stories involve animals central to the plot: Snowflake, The Snowman Contest, War Takes a Holiday, and The Christmas Duck. eBook formats are available for the Amazon Kindle, Nook, Apple iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch, and other compatible eBook readers and devices.

I hope you and your family will enjoy these Christmas stories. Your questions, comments, and inquiries are always welcome: Contact Holiday Christmas Story Project

Help continue the Holiday Christmas Story Project. Your donations of any amount are appreciated! Thanks from the founder and author, RL Williams.




*** These Christmas stories are great for all ages. Enjoy! ***



Latest Christmas Story News

November 22, 2019: The 2019 Christmas story, The Christmas Tree and the Dog, in now online for free reading. This year marks the 22 year anniversary of the Holiday Christmas Story Project tradition. This story and all of the past stories are online here for free reading.

I hope you will enjoy this year's Christmas story, The Christmas Tree and the Dog.
The Christmas Tree and the Dog - 2019 Holiday Short Story





Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book

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Christmas Cookies
Holiday Story Collection Book

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Includes 14 Christmas Stories
from Past Years!
Five Award Winners
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Christmas Story Collection




The Christmas Tree and the Dog - 2019 Holiday Story

New!
Holiday Christmas Story 2019
The Christmas Tree and the Dog

It's the night before Christmas Eve on an almost sold out Christmas tree lot. While a few customers are looking at the remaining trees, a couple with a little girl enter the lot to look around and an older man also arrives to look at the trees. The tree lot attendant learns something about the couple and the little girl that will change the night for all of them.



Christmas to the Rescue Again - 2018 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2018
Christmas to the Rescue Again

Having just rescued an abandoned partially blind senior dog while waiting on a weather delayed train, Andy is headed home on early Christmas morning. Andy and his dog do not go unnoticed for very long. Life and love are about to change both their lives forever.

Read Christmas to the Rescue Again

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The prequel to this story is the
2011 Holiday Christmas Story here:
Read Christmas to the Rescue

You can also read both stories combined here:
Read Christmas to the Rescue and
Christmas to the Rescue Again






The Professor and the Birds - 2017 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2017
The Professor and the Birds

This short story is an adaptation based on the classic Christmas parable titled The Man and the Birds. It tells the story of a man who discovers the true meaning of Christmas unexpectedly on a cold and snowy Christmas Eve. A simple yet powerful story that is timeless.

Editor’s Note: The origin and author of The Man and the Birds is unknown. The late Chicago based news broadcaster Paul Harvey retold this story for decades on his Christmas radio broadcast.

According to Mr. Harvey, “the story was originally published by United Press International by Louis Cassels, a longtime friend of mine and colleague. He and I tried for many years to trace the author of these words. We never could and it occurs to me that maybe some things are supposed to be written without credit to any particular individual …”

For 2017, the 20 year anniversary of the Holiday Short Story project, we wanted to do something different and special. Instead of a new story, we decided to do a contemporary adaptation of The Man and the Birds. It is our hope that The Man and the Birds, a powerful yet simple Christmas story, will continue to be told for many years to come and will not be forgotten. Read the original story here: The Man and the Birds.



Christmas Paws - 2016 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2016
Christmas Paws

A couple is faced with the sadness and despair of losing their beloved dog to cancer on Christmas Eve. Then something extraordinary happens. This special story is dedicated to everyone who has lost a pet.




Lucky Rescue - 2015 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2015
Lucky Rescue

On one fateful Christmas Eve, a family returning home encounters a small injured dog in need. The right place at the right time and a little luck could help make this a day before Christmas that would not be forgotten.




A Christmas Eve To Remember - 2014 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2014
A Christmas Eve to Remember

Christmas can be a lonely and down and out time for some people. One such Christmas Eve follows Sarah who is alone for the holiday season for the first time in many years. She is not looking forward to the night and decides to go for a walk. See what she finds along the way.




Home For The Holidays - 2013 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2013
Home for the Holidays

A staff member at an animal shelter makes an interesting discovery after closing on Christmas Eve. Although all the animals have found at least temporary homes over the Christmas holiday, what the shelter worker finds is something that will change two lives.




The Christmas Letter - 2012 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2012
The Christmas LetterSnowflake Story

A new neighbor notices something is not right with the elderly lady next door. After finding out what has happened, he decides to take action with the help of his two children. Some Christmas traditions find a way to continue.

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Award Winner
An abbreviated version of "The Christmas Letter" was awarded First Place in the 2012 Holiday Story Contest hosted by The St. Augustine (Florida) Record Newspaper
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Read The Christmas Letter





Christmas to the Rescue - 2011 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2011
Christmas to the RescueSnowflake Story

Bad weather on a Christmas Eve finds a stranded passenger in a train station. He soon discovers something that will guide his actions for the next several hours. He needs a little help from the spirit of the Christmas season to make an important decision become reality and save a life.

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Award Winner
An abbreviated version of "Christmas to the Rescue" was awarded Second Place in the 2011 Holiday Story Contest hosted by The St. Augustine (Florida) Record Newspaper
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Read Christmas to the Rescue
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The sequel to this story is the
2018 Holiday Christmas Story here:
Read Christmas to the Rescue Again

You can also read both stories combined here:
Read Christmas to the Rescue and Christmas to the Rescue Again





The Quackers Christmas - 2010 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2010
The Quackers Christmas

On their way to a Christmas Eve gathering, a family of ducks notices something that changes their plans and creates a holiday evening that would not be forgotten. This children's Christmas story is based on characters from The Quackers Family that debuted in 1999. The Quackers Family featured a tale about two young ducklings that get lost and learn valuable lessons along their journey to find home.

Read The Quackers Christmas

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book





Christmas Reflection - 2009 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2009
Christmas Reflection

On the night before Christmas, Patty, a down and out young woman, searches for answers about life and happiness. What she finds is a simple yet powerful revelation and a priceless Christmas gift.

Read Christmas Reflection

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book





The Holiday Show - 2008 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2008
The Holiday Show

It's Christmas Eve at a small urban comedy club as an energetic comedian takes the stage. His witty remarks about the oddities of the holiday season keep the crowd smiling. Enjoy the show!

Read The Holiday Show

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book





The Christmas Card - 2007 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2007
The Christmas Card

The last day of school before the Christmas holiday break has arrived. Third grade student Kaylee is worried and upset because she does not have a Christmas gift for her mother. With no money to buy a present, Ms. Tyler, her teacher, steps in to provide a valuable life lesson.

Read The Christmas Card

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book





Christmas Crystal - 2006 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2006
Christmas CrystalSnowflake Story

A family returns home on the night before Christmas to find their house has been burglarized and ransacked. With all the Christmas gifts stolen the outlook for a happy holiday is bleak. Amid the destruction caused by the burglars is a broken crystal heart, a family heirloom. Young Joey and sister Melissa spend a worrisome Christmas Eve along with their heartbroken parents. What rises from the ashes of this shattered holiday is an unexpected example of the true spirit of Christmas.

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Award Winner
An abbreviated version of "Christmas Crystal" was awarded First Place in the 2006 Holiday Story Contest hosted by The St. Augustine (Florida) Record Newspaper
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Read Christmas Crystal

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book





The Snowman Contest - 2005 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2005
The Snowman ContestThe Snowman Contest Award

The Snowman Contest follows a parent and young son Marvin as they compete in a holiday Snowman Contest. The events of the day lead to greater things and a surprise ending to the contest.

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Award Winner
An abbreviated version of "The Snowman Contest" was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2005 Holiday Story Contest hosted by The St. Augustine (Florida) Record Newspaper
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Read The Snowman Contest

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book
Included in the 2006 Thoughts from the Pond Holiday Story Collection Book





Angel Rescue - 2004 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2004
Angel RescueAngel Rescue Award

Angel Rescue is an inspiring story about a family’s discovery that a treasured Angel statue decoration is missing from their front yard the day before Christmas. Once young son Matt discovers the apparent theft suspicions about who stole the angel lead unexpectedly to an important lesson for everyone involved.

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Award Winner
An abbreviated version of "Angel Rescue" was awarded First Place in the 2004 Holiday Story Contest hosted by The St. Augustine (Florida) Record Newspaper
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Read Angel Rescue

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book
Included in the 2006 Thoughts from the Pond Holiday Story Collection Book





The Magic Balloons - 2003 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2003
The Magic BalloonsMagic Balloons Award

Magic Balloons is a thoughtful account about how a box of balloons can be transformed into a very special gift with "magical" powers. Bert and Cindy learn how a seemingly simple thing like a balloon can turn into a gift which gives much more than they could have ever imagined.

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Award Winner
An abbreviated version of "The Magic Balloons" was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2003 Holiday Story Contest hosted by The St. Augustine (Florida) Record Newspaper
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Read The Magic Balloons

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book
Included in the 2006 Thoughts from the Pond Holiday Story Collection Book





Lori's Silent Night - 2002 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2002
Lori's Silent Night

Lori’s Silent Night shows how a cool and hip radio DJ named Cool Blue can learn a valuable lesson from Lori, a very special young listener. Cool Blue unexpectedly discovers that everyone, including Lori, is both a student and a teacher.

Read Lori's Silent Night

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book
Included in the 2006 Thoughts from the Pond Holiday Story Collection Book





That Christmas Spirit - 2001 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2001
That Christmas Spirit

That Christmas Spirit is a holiday story about Darla, a mother who cannot afford a Christmas gift for daughter Amy. Her encounter with a stranger takes her down the path of the Christmas Spirit.

Read That Christmas Spirit

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book
Included in the 2006 Thoughts from the Pond Holiday Story Collection Book





Christmas Carousel - 2000 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 2000
Christmas Carousel

Christmas Carousel details Michelle, a young mother, and her daughter Becky as they try to find out what happened to a car accident victim on Christmas Eve. Their journey brings out the real spirit of Christmas.

Read Christmas Carousel

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book
Included in the 2006 Thoughts from the Pond Holiday Story Collection Book





War Takes A Holiday - 1999 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 1999
War Takes A Holiday

War Takes a Holiday chronicles a war-torn village taken over by enemy soldiers during Christmas. The soldiers take away a young girl’s only possession, a small puppy. A mysterious man enters the picture to give the young girl Alecia hope.

Read War Takes a Holiday

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book
Included in the 2006 Thoughts from the Pond Holiday Story Collection Book





Snowflake - 1998 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 1998
SnowflakeSnowflake Award

Snowflake is an uplifting tale about a young girl named Becky and her attempt to get a small disabled puppy from a pet store to give as a very special Christmas gift. The unexpected conclusion to Becky's quest teaches a heart-warming lesson to everyone present.

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Award Winner
An abbreviated version of "Snowflake" was awarded First Place in the 2002 Holiday Story Contest hosted by The St. Augustine (Florida) Record Newspaper
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Read Snowflake

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book
Included in the 2006 Thoughts from the Pond Holiday Story Collection Book





The Christmas Duck - 1997 Holiday Story

Holiday Christmas Story 1997
The Christmas Duck

The Christmas Duck is a story about a mother and daughter Rebecca who try to find help for an injured duck that they find on Christmas Eve. The Christmas Spirit is alive and well as Rebecca and her mom take on a task others would not bother with.

Read The Christmas Duck

This Christmas story is also available in print or download:
Included in the 2011 Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book
Included in the 2006 Thoughts from the Pond Holiday Story Collection Book

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Author's note: The Christmas Duck was written before
the Christmas Holiday Story Project began in 1998.



Help continue the Holiday Christmas Story Project. Your donations of any amount are appreciated! Thanks from the founder and author, RL Williams.



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Christmas Cookies Holiday Story Collection Book

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Christmas Cookies
Holiday Story Collection Book

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Kindle eBook
ePub eBook
iTunes iBook

Includes 14 Christmas Stories
Above from Past Years!
Five Award Winners
Makes a Great Gift!

Download in the iBookstore

Holiday Short Story Collection Book
Thoughts from the Pond
Holiday Short Story Collection


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