The Legend of the Christmas Tree

Author Unknown In a small cottage, on the borders of a forest, lived a poor couple with a son named Valentine and a daughter named Mary. One winter evening, there was a gentle tap at the family’s [...]

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

By Francis P. Church First published in The New York Sun on September 21, 1897 We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great [...]

One Solitary Life

Attributed to James Allen Francis He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant. He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30. Then, for three [...]

The Giving Gift

(Abridged) by Brian Joseph After he had unwrapped his gifts on Christmas morning, a 5-year-old boy was asked which of his presents he wanted to donate to a poor child who had less than him. [...]

The Man and The Birds

Paul Harvey was among the twentieth century’s greatest gifts to broadcasting. His demeanor, his voice, and— above all else— his collected wit graced the airwaves across America. During the [...]

Christmas Carol Trivia

O Holy Night Written as a festive poem in 1847 by Placide Cappeau, “Cantique de Noel,” was composed to music by Adolphe Charles Adams. The song was sung at Christmas Eve mass, and a decade later, [...]

Christmas Cheer

Tonight, on Christmas Eve, my husband and I loaded up the car with three kids and two rambunctious dogs, our mission to deliver Christmas goodies. But this year had a different feel. For the past [...]

Remembering Sue Carlbom

All stories must come to an end, and the same—sadly—is true of storytellers. For more than a decade, Sue Carlbom contributed to Treasure State Lifestyles, generating sales, cultivating ideas, and [...]