Christmas Short Stories by

Have you ever heard of an Exquisite Corpse? I know that doesn’t sound very Christmasy, but has several Christmas-themed ones to offer.

An Exquisite Corpse is described as a game in which each participant takes turns writing their contribution and then passing it to the next player to add to the story.

Don’t feel bad if this term is new to you; none of us had ever heard of it either. But a few years back, Podcaster Jedlie asked our group if we would create a collective Christmas story that would be presented on his Reading with Your Kids Podcast on Christmas morning.

So, for the last four years, Jed has provided us with a prompt. One author starts the story, then sends it off to another writer, and so forth. Only the final author knows the entire story until the day we each read our section as we record the podcast.

This has become one of my favorite writing projects. It’s so fun to see where the story veers through each author’s imagination. When my family heard about this project, they loved the idea, and we created one a few years back. We laughed so hard as we read that crazy story on Thanksgiving Day. Maybe your family would like to try this fun activity as well.

If you’re interested in checking out the CatholicTeenBooks collective stories, below are the descriptions and links to the first three. Any proceeds we receive from the download of these short ebooks go to Cross Catholic International. To find out about this year’s contribution, The Gift of the Angel Tree, you’ll have to visit Jedlie’s Reading with Your Kids Podcast, on, or after, Christmas. But here’s a little hint: this year’s story is our first attempt at a combined historical fiction tale.

The Christmas Lights by Leslea Wahl, Andrea Jo Rodgers, Stephanie Engelman, Carolyn Astfalk, Antony B. Kolenc, Corinna Turner, A.J. Cattapan

When a blizzard puts Camilla and her family in jeopardy, she must brave the snowstorm to get help. Lost and alone, all she can do is search for Christmas lights, which is either a direction from her dead grandma or a delusion. Help does come, in completely unexpected ways.

A Fowl Christmas by Carolyn Astfalk, A.J. Cattapan, Antony B. Kolenc, Stephanie Engelman, Leslea Wahl, Marie Keiser, Andrea Jo Rodgers, Corinna Turner

Mom’s stranded out of town, Dad injured his leg, and Derrick’s family Christmas feast is in jeopardy. With the help of his brother, Blake; his friend, Grace; and a bargain involving some chickens and the old ladies down the street, maybe Derrick can still pull off this holiday meal. Or maybe it’ll all go up in smoke!

A St. Nicholas Eve Carol by Antony B. Kolenc, Carolyn Astfalk, Leslea Wahl, Corinna Turner

Ebby’s been paired with Bear, a kid with Down’s Syndrome, for the St. Nicholas Eve Confirmation retreat. One minute, she’s scheming how to ditch Bear, and the next, she and her friend Pastelle are transported into a twisted version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Will Ebby let Bear take the fall for her friends’ mischief, or will Ebby stand up for him once she realizes there’s a lot more to Bear than she realized?

If you’re still searching for a Christmas story to cozy up with, you may want to check out these fun stories.

Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!

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Author: Leslea Wahl

Leslea Wahl is an award-winning author of Catholic teen adventurous mysteries. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her family. Leslea believes one way to encourage teens in their faith is through positive messages and Catholic values, embedded in great stories. She is excited to share her reviews of some incredible Catholic books, all of which have received the Catholic Writer's Guild Seal of Approval. Find her online at