A magazine editor and a prolific author, William Dean Howells wrote in a style called realism. I once read Christmas Every Day to a fourth grade class. After I was done, a little boy fearfully asked me if the story really happened. That's how good Howells was.
Kids today might not recognize things like tongs and Turkish paste that were given as gifts in 1892, but the principle remains the same. More, more, more sounds like a dream come true. Until it becomes too much. And that happens sooner than you think. Especially with Black Friday inching farther and farther up the calendar.
Read Christmas Every Day at Project Gutenberg. And there are a number of places online where you can find Best in Children's Books -- a vintage anthology of children's fiction, biographies, science, history, and geography.
Illustrations by Elizabeth Enright from Best in Children's Books, 1959.