Free Fiction Monday: Christopher’s Crummy Christmas

Free Fiction Monday: Christopher’s Crummy Christmas

Eleven-year-old Christopher always spends Christmas alone. This year, he plans to change that. This year, he’ll find a way to make his parents stay home. Everyone tells him he’ll ruin Christmas, but he doesn’t care. He wants a good Christmas, and he’ll do anything to get it.

A classic Christmas story that first appeared in Boys’ Life Magazine.

“Christopher’s Crummy Christmas” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available in ebook here.



Christopher’s Crummy Christmas

Kristine Kathryn Rusch


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5 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: Christopher’s Crummy Christmas”

  1. According to the publication information, it was just possible for me to read this as a Cub Scout. I don’t think I actually did, but the date fits a very small window of time.

    It was a nice, simple story that would have certainly triggered relatability, understanding, a bit of horror, and wonder in me at the time it was published. So many years later, as an adult and a parent, I love that it was presented for children with such rich context and such an open ending. Lots and lots for boys to think about after reading it.

    Kris, I probably missed this story the first time around. Thanks so much for sharing it with me again, and I wish you and Dean a happy new year!

  2. At 71, it is a bit cornball; at 12, finishing up my 1st Class badges, it would have been a thought-provoking life lesson. Another solid base hit, Kristine Kathryn.

  3. Matt Leitzen says:

    Merry Christmas, Ms. Rusch. Thank you for the wonderful story.

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  5. Bea says:

    What a perfectly delightful story to read on Christmas Eve. Thank you so much, and have a Merry Christmas (Dean as well).

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