World Folklore

Holiday Stories

Holiday stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa traditions, as well as tales from African-American and Jewish folklore.

Thanksgiving Stories

  • The First Thanksgiving
    Nearly four hundred years ago, a great many of the people in England were very unhappy because their king would not let them pray to God as they liked.

  • History of Thanksgiving Celebrations
    Throughout history mankind has celebrated the bountiful harvest with thanksgiving ceremonies.
  • George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclaimation  [New York, 3 October 1789]
    Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor--

  • Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclaimation [Washington, DC—October 3, 1863]
    The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies...

  • How Indian Corn Came Into The World [An Ojibbeway Legend]
    Long, long ago, in a beautiful part of this country, there lived an Indian with his wife and children...

Saint Nicholas Day [Dec. 6]

Christmas Stories

Holiday stories

Hanukkah & Jewish folklore

Kwanzaa & African-American Folktales

 New Years

  • The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Anderson
    It was very, very cold. It snowed and it grew dark. It was the last evening of the year, New Year's Eve. In the cold and dark a poor little girl, with bare head and bare feet, was walking through the streets. When she left her own house she certainly had had slippers on, but what could they do? They were very big slippers, and her mother had used them till then, so big were they...

  • The Twelve Months Alexander Chodsvko - Slav Fairy Tales
    There was once a widow who had two daughters, Helen, her own child by her dead husband, and Marouckla, his daughter by his first wife. She loved Helen, but hated the poor orphan because she was far prettier than her own daughter.

  • The Little New Year  by Ellen Robena Field
    One cold morning Maurice awoke from his dreams and sat up in bed and listened. He thought he heard a knock at his window; but though the moon was shining brightly, Jack Frost had been so busily at work that Maurice could not see through the thickly painted panes. So he crept sleepily out of bed, and opened the window, and whispered: "Who is there?"



Years ago I heard a story on tape(that is how long ago it was). The story was about a Jewish kid and Christian kid sharing their holidays over the years. Does this ring a bell to anyone? Anyone know where to find it?

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About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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