1. Christmas Story (A Christmas Carol) by Charles Dickens
Who doesn’t know the famous story about… Chippy Ebenizer Scrooge, lost in his greed and nagging misery at Christmas (like any other day) deprived of all joy, fun and emotional closeness. Until Christmas Eve he was visited at his home by three ghosts (past, present and future) who scared him, especially the last one, which showed him how he would end up if he continued in the same pattern, and so he radically changed and became a better man and opener.
If you haven’t read it, read it this year. Worth. And if you’re not reading, watch it in a movie. It’s been shot countless times with different actors.
2. Christmas Stories by Alexandros Papadiamantis
Stories against the background of Greece of another era in a Christmas atmosphere by one of the leading Greek writers. His texts have enormous expressive power, although his peculiar archaic writing may be a stranger to some.
3. Diaries from David Sedaris’ Christmas Country
Greek-American writer David Sedaris spends Christmas masquerading as an elf. In The Christmas Land of Macy’s department store in New York, he meets Santa Claus, annoying parents, old-schoolers, whiny kids and mechanical penguins. In this “Diary”, which established him as a writer, he presents the backstage of Christmas with his now well-known oblique look, and gives us a hilarious narrative.
4. Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
If you haven’t read it, you’ll definitely have seen it in a movie, since every year at this time of year there’s no way it won’t play at least once on a TV channel. In fact, it is a Christmas fairy tale for children, but it also enchants those who have come of age for a long time. A boy who once loved Christmas, but is no longer very sure that Santa Claus exists, embarks on the magical Polar Express and travels on Christmas Eve to the North Pole, Santa’s homeland, to see for himself whether Santa finally exists or not.
5. Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
A story by the master of the police novel and creator of the famous detective Hercules Poirot, unfolding at the home of the multi-millionaire Symeon Lee, who quite unexpectedly invites his family to spend the Christmas holidays together. The invitation gives rise to suspicion among many of the guests, as Symeon is not famous for his emotional warmth (he is also a bit sadistic…), while relations between family members are not what you would call “good”. In this tense atmosphere there is a murder which he undertakes to find out (who else?) Hercules Poirot!