Charles Dickens' novella "A Christmas Carol" and O. Henry's short story "Gift of the Magi" are inspirational Christmas stories for people of all ages. Leo Tolstoy's "Papa Panov's Special Christmas" and Robert L. May's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" are two inspirational Christmas stories that are specifically geared toward children.
Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is about Ebenezer Scrooge, an insensitive, self-serving man who learns to be kind and caring in time for Christmas. Henry's "Gift of the Magi" is about a poor couple who demonstrate selfless love through the Christmas gifts they give to each other.
Tolstoy's "Papa Panov's Special Christmas" teaches children about kindness and demonstrates how they can serve Jesus by serving other people. May's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" inspires children to see their differences as special and purposeful.