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ISBN: 0874869242

ISBN13: 9780874869248

Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old

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For readers who are tired of Christmas commercialism, or who feel that Santa Claus and reindeer don't tell the whole story, these classic gems provide a winning alternative. Selected for their insightfulness, spiritual value, and literary quality (nothing moralistic here) they project the spirit of the season in a fresh, compelling manner that will resonate with readers of all ages - from children too young to read to themselves, to parents and grandparents...

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So many good Christmas stories about the promise of the season ...

This Christmas season I spent time reading this excellent collection of readable, intriguing Christmas stories. All tell of the promise of the season: Goodness, giving, even each a story of a miracle of a kind. The collection subtitled, "Stories for Young and Old" is an apt description of the 332 page paperback compiled by Miriam LeBlanc, illustrated by David G. Klein and published by Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York. This book has the seal of approval of this reader, and here I quote from the note at the book's beginning written by Emmy Arnold. I think this is the right seal of approval in our contemporary America: "Even though Christmas is exploited for profit, even though its meaning is often corrupted, it is still the time of year that we feel the impulse to think of others. It is still the seasson of anticipation and joy. The brightness and fragrance of a Christmas tree under which gifts are laid--here is light and warmth; here is life and love." Christmas for me this year was marked by the reading of this title, as one of three I used for my devotion. The others: "Run, Shepherds, Run: Poems for Advent and Christmas," by L. William Countryman; "Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas". "Home for Christmas" was my pick as a companion to these two books "...for those who wish to follow the readings sequentially, on a daily basis..." I just kept going at the book of stories, and did not read them sequentially, but on a daily basis. Some of the authors are Pearl Buck, Rebecca Candill, Ruth Sawyer, Elizabeth Groudge, Selma Lagerlof, Henry van Dyke. That from the book's cover. There are a lot of stories in this book, and I say "goodie" to that for it made excellent seasonal reading, which for some who want to or need to tell a Christmas story will find this an excellent source. Among many, I liked, "The Riders of St. Nicholas" was a good western story. "The day dawned still and clear, with th winternight chill of the high country lingering in the air..." Nice beginning. It is like the others a crisp story in that these bring the specialness and gift of Christmas to the reader, keeping the reader in mind of the season's spirit. Some may say, these are too sappy. Like "The Chess Player by Ger Koopman that tells of an old man estranged from his daughter and grandson. But since this is the magical season of goodness, peace, and goodwill, the theme of reconciliation between them rings true. So five stars to it, for this is another of the family stories that ring a gifted sound. Not sappy! I kept going in my reading, finishing the book before the 12 days of Christmas were over. Today is December 28, 2006, and I still feel the remarkable story of God and specialness from "The Christmas Rose" by Selma Lagerlof. It goes at the very beginning of the story: "Robber Mother, who lived in Robbers' Cave in Goinge Forest went down to the village one day on a begging tour." Yes, Christmas is for the estranged, the marginalized, the poor, the o

Christmas Tales from the Heart

Most Christmas stories are sentimental. On a "sentimentality scale" of 1 to 10, I would rate this collection of 20 stories a 7; but, a magnificient seven. My introduction to this collection was by way of the Bruderhof website, that included "No Room in the Inn" by Katherine Paterson. A very well-written short story that tells the message of Christmas with a New England directness and with dry humor that bites. It remains my favorite in the compilation. The collection includes a few old classics such as "The Christmas Rose" and "The Other Wise Man". Four of the stories are written in a humorous style that sound better when read aloud for an audience. They include "Riders of St. Nicholas", about three cowboys left on the ranch to fill some idle time; "The Vexation of Barney Hatch", like a tale from O'Henry; "The Carpenter's Christmas", cussing and hammering as a devotional prayer; and "Willibald's Trip to Heaven", a Tyrolean tale of a creche maker who fights with St. Peter. Both young and old will enjoy these four tales and they would lift the spirits of anyone stuck in the hospital over the holidays. Pearl Buck's "Christmas Day in the Morning" is a sentimental, yet beautiful tale that would have a special appeal for anyone who has worked on a dairy farm. A common thread of kindness links each of these stories. An added bonus are the woodcut illustrations by David Klein that accompany each story. What an appropriate Christmas gift! I'll buy a few copies of Home for Christmas to give as gifts for next year.
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