With the publication of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens almost single-handedly created the genre of the ""Christmas story."" And while that beloved classic remains among the best known in the field, Dickens also wrote a number of other delightful tales associated with Yuletide. This volume features three of the best. Combining realism with fantasy, and with kindness and affection for the poor a dominant theme, they include the title story, a charming tale of a pleasant and simple home life; ""The Holly-Tree,"" a lighthearted story of love reclaimed in a quiet country inn; and ""The Haunted House,"" an entertaining account of a belligerent ghost's effect on the lives of those with whom he shares a home. Written with Dickens's familiar flair for characterization, comic incident, and the picturesque, these stories will delight readers with their unusual charms and nostalgic re-creation of Victorian Christmases past.