Australian Christmas Stories

Norah Linton in A Little Bush Maid.  Painting by John Lennox.Australian Christmas Stories

As well as being responsible for the weekly Children’s Corner section of The Leader newspaper for fifteen years, Mary Grant Bruce would normally write one or more special short stories for the Christmas edition.  Some of these were just for children, but many were written for the wider audience.  After she left The Leader when her career as a novelist took off, she still wrote some Christmas stories from time to time.  The result is a considerable body of works, including many real gems.  Almost all of them have a distinctively Australian flavour, as well might be expected from this most Australian of authors.

Some of these stories have been republished in anthologies over the years.  Dono’s Christmas and Her Little Lad appear in Mary Grant Bruce: The Early Tales.  A further six are to be found in Australian Christmas Yarns, Volume 1The Hammock is in The Peculiar Honeymoon.


The remaining stories are listed below:

A Christmas Cinderella
A Christmas Fairy Tale
A Christmas Misadventure
A Christmas Peacemaker
A Coastwise Christmas
A Gift Exchange
A Pantomime Princess
Behind the Scenes
Brother Santa Claus
Cinderella’s Christmas
How Grandfather Woke Up
In Great Waters
Miranda Jane’s Christmas
On Christmas Stockings
Santa Claus, Helper
Santa Claus, Junior
Santa Claus, Mediator
Scared of Santa Claus
The Christmas Cook, published in The Woman, 18 December 1908
The Queerest Christmas, published in Woman’s World, December 1926
To Find Christmas, published in The Southern Sphere, November 1910
War and Christmas
Winton’s Christmas

Mary Grant Bruce’s short stories are under copyright owned by the Mary Grant Bruce Family Trust.

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