* Contains more than 10 illustrations especially for this volume
Living as we do in our hectic modern world with enough distractions in a single day to occupy a lifetime, it is hard to imagine that just a few generations ago, some of the most wonderful Christmas memories were created through reading and storytelling. After a home cooked supper on a cold December evening, translucent snow gently falling on the streets outside, entire families would huddle around the fireplace, with warm drinks on the stove, and the father or mother of the family would finally open a well-worn book of best loved Christmas stories and poems. For the next hour or two, he or she would read out loud a story, or perhaps two ... voicing each character and intimating evoking every description, as if performing on a stage. And during this time, all the other family members, children, cousins, uncles and aunts would be kept rapt, their attention captivated by the sweet and soft turn of every word, and by the excitement about what would happen next.
This wonderful collection brings together 10 of these best loved Christmas stories. It of course includes the well known classics such as O.Henry’s The Gift of the Magi, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. However, it also contains some relatively unknown gems such as Abbey Farwell Brown’s A Christmas Angel and two wonderful folk tales retold by Elizabeth Harrison, Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe and A Story of the Little Child.
This collection has been painstaking edited and illustrated in the hope that it will create new joyous Christmas memories for generations to come.
This completely new anthology of Christmas stories and poems contains an original preface and introduction, as well as a fully interactive table of contents.
PART ONE: SHORTER TALES
The Gift of the Magi O. HENRY
The Fir Tree HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
The Little Match Girl HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe ELIZABETH HARRISON
A Story of the Child ELIZABETH HARRISON
PART TWO: A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS
The Night Before Christmas CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE
The Night After Christmas CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE
PART THREE: LONGER STORIES
A Christmas Carol CHARLES DICKENS
The Chimes CHARLES DICKENS
The Christmas Angel ABBIE FARWELL BROWN
SPECIAL KINDLE ENABLED FEATURES
This edition has special Kindle enabled features, including completely interactive table of contents, text-to-speech capabilities which enable audiobook features, as well as words that can be looked up on the Kindle supplied built in dictionary
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