Scott Prinster suggested I read Silver Packages, by Cynthia Rylant (and masterfully illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet), when he answered my Facebook request for good holiday stories to read aloud to people. Another person suggested "The Little Fir Tree" (thanks, Elba!). I bought "Silver Packages" today, and recommend it, and also Lemony Snicket's Lump of Coal (for those who are tired of too-sweet Christmas stories, but still want a nice message with their edgy humor.
I am happy this year, and always looking for more good stories. Any other suggestions?