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A Christmas Carol, Christmas, Holiday Gifts, Nutcracker, Polar Express, Reading Lists, Victorian -

What is the best Christmas story?

There are a few classic Victorian-era Christmas stories you see on most lists of favorite holiday stories -- like the Nutcracker, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the granddaddy of all Christmas stories -- A Christmas Carol.

Other, more modern classics have found their way into people’s holiday hearts by capturing that special Christmas magic -- stories like The Polar Express and Elf.

If you’ve ever wondered about the history behind these classic Christmas stories, grab a cup of cocoa, light a candle, and read on!

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A Christmas Carol, Christmas, Holiday Gifts, Victorian -

A Christmas Carol is the quintessential Christmas story. It is both timeless and nostalgic -- and groundbreaking in its day.

In writing A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens established the character of the modern Christmas season -- with some help from Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and the Industrial Revolution.

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Agatha Christie, Dracula, Edgar Allan Poe, Halloween, Holiday Gifts, Lovecraft, Macabre, Mary Shelley, Ray Bradbury, Reading Lists, Shakespeare -

Spooky season is one of the best times of year to light a candle, curl up with a cup of tea, and read a good book. But what to read?

We did some research into our favorite authors. We think this list will satisfy any lover of classic literature. Whether you’re in search of a macabre Victorian novel or a unique historical fantasy -- this list has something for you.

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Edgar Allan Poe, Holiday Gifts, Macabre, Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, Teacher Gifts -

I recently heard the holiday season described as “having a part-time job from late November until New Year.”

We can all relate. There’s cooking. And decorating. And shopping for gifts. So much shopping.

To make your life a little easier, we did the research for you! Here is our handy dandy Teacher Gift Guide -- with a bit of literary flair.

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