Holiday Stories

Tis the season for joy, giving, and stressful family gathering. If you’re looking for a little cheer and good-will, look no further. We’ve got the stories to get you in the holiday spirit!

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    12 Real Ghost Stories You Won’t Want to Read at Night

    Calling on only the bravest and boldest of ghost hunters. These stories are not for the faint of heart.

    My Dad Sent Me a Fruitcake Every Year for Christmas. The Last One Didn’t Arrive Until a Year A...

    My father resembled a fruitcake. One year, he even sent one. It never arrived.


    My Uncle Was a Man of Few Words, But Our Quiet Christmas Eve Drives Are Some of My Favorite Memories

    Uncle Ed was a tough guy of few words. But when 
he took me on a Christmas Eve drive, he...


    7 True Stories About Funny Thanksgiving Mishaps

    These true stories of snafus past will make you laugh—and breathe a little easier about your own Thanksgiving.


    A Teacher Told Her Students to Draw What They Were Thankful for—This Was One Student’s Moving ...

    As this teacher learned, some of the most moving lessons are taught by students.

    18 True Christmas Miracles That Will Restore Your Hope for the Holidays

    These true stories prove that a well-timed letter, a handful of pennies, or a single gust of wind can make...


    Why I Stopped Making New Year’s Resolutions

    Was it me failing my resolutions? Or were my resolutions failing me? Here’s how a shift in perspective helped me...

    24 Stories About Meeting Santa That Will Fill You with the Christmas Spirit

    Santa Claus has a lot of kids to visit each year, but he never fails to get his job done....


    What It’s Really Like to Be a Hallmark Holiday Writer

    Ever wonder who comes up with those sweet stories of snow, St. Nick, serendipity, and soulmates? It's authors like Barbara...


    13 Sweet Vintage Letters to Santa—from Almost 100 Years Ago

    Sweet, vintage letters to Santa from Texas farm kids recall a simpler, more generous time.


    10 Christmas Stories That Will Melt Your Heart

    Delightful tales to help you embrace the spirit of the season

    This Family Tradition Brought an Entire Community Together One Tragic Christmas

    Sometimes, taking the extra time to hug someone and ask them about their day means more than you think.


    This Young Soldier Received a Heartwarming Christmas Greeting—When He Thought He Had Made a Mistake

    The sergeant was parked outside a Christmas mass when a transmission from an unfamiliar radio call sign broke in.


    This Mom’s Poem Is a Brilliant Way to Teach Kids the Truth About Santa

    Could it be possible that Santa is real and works through the hands of parents?


    When My Mom Collected Ornaments, She Collected Memories

    Her mom collected ornaments every year when she and her siblings were growing up.


    How the Gift I Wanted Least Became the One I Needed Most

    The flimsy package didn't contain the ice skates that I wanted. Instead it was bursting with magic.

    The Year My Mother Saved Christmas—With a Sad, Threadbare Tree

    We had very little that Christmas, but Mom managed to pull off a holiday I will never forget.


    Pennies From Heaven—A Christmas Miracle

    A skeptical journalist begins to find miraculous rare pennies from her deceased father.


    This Soldier’s Long Walk Home Was the Best Christmas Present for His Little Girl

    Surprise reunions are extra special during the holiday season.


    11 of the Most Inspired and Meaningful Holiday Gifts Ever Received

    We asked you to tell us the most thoughtful, meaningful, and/or inspiring holiday gifts you've ever received, and thanks guys,...


    This Message in a …. Christmas Ornament… Is a True Story of Love

    Inside an old blue glass ball lay the heart of a marriage.


    This Dad Makes Halloween Costumes For Kids in Wheelchairs–and You NEED to See Them

    How one man’s beautiful vision is becoming a reality for children with disabilities across the country.


    Finally! Here’s What the Saying ‘Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus’ Means

    One news editor reminds us to never stop believing in miracles.


    A Mysterious Dog Wandered onto Their Porch. Now, They Believe He Was a Christmas Angel.

    The mysterious, squirrel-chasing visitor brought comfort and joy to a troubled Christmas season.

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    She Dreaded the First Christmas After Her Husband’s Death. Then, an Unexpected Guest Changed E...

    "An incredible peace came over me, and I felt the love of God and family in a new way."


    This Impoverished Family Would Have Missed Christmas if Not for One Inspiring Group of High School S...

    During the Great Depression, this teenager learned that it truly is more fulfilling to give than to receive.


    This Daring Receptionist Pursued Her Crush With a Christmas Card. It Worked.

    Good thing she followed her mother's advice and sent a card!


    4 Heartwarming True Tales of Vintage Christmas Kindness

    These true stories from readers like you prove that, deep down, Christmas has always been about the joy of giving.


    6 Christmas Stories of Wonder and Love

    It's a perfect time to read about how other families experience the joy of the season.


    4 of the Best Viral Holiday Stories

    What happens when the Internet explodes with the joy of human kindness and Christmas spirit?