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Christmas Cookies:
The Big Box:
Stories and poems of Christmas

Five disks, a little over five hours.

This is the wonderful big box of goodies you always wanted to find under your Christmas tree! This presentation includes everything listed to the left, especially our complete and unabridged production of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It's a complete five-disc set, over four hours of Christmas listening pleasure. Someone you love will enjoy finding this under the tree--or just buy it for yourself!

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Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol

Told After Supper, by Jerome K. Jerome

Gift of the Magi, "Dulce Domum," "Christmas Morning" and Yes, "Virginia"

Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol
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Complete and unabridged, adapted for vocal performance by Susie Berneis.

I confess, we're just having way too much fun with this. Susie and Bob are trading voices back and forth in the beginning, then Susie tackles the passages where Scrooge is communing with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, and Bob does the parts where things are going on in the real world--or at least the real world as you and I know it! We've recruited wonderful voices for the speaking characters, you're sure to get a kick out of them!

You can download our production of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol from Just click here.

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Told After Supper, by Jerome K. Jerome
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First of all, there's a hilarious 19th-century piece you've probably never heard of, called Told After Supper, by Jerome K. Jerome. It's a wonderful spoof of the grand old English tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas--a tradition Charles Dickens made fine use of in A Christmas Carol and other stories. Only in Jerome's work, everything goes hilariously wrong, and the narrator of the story even winds up wandering around on the streets drunk as a lord, somewhat incompletely dressed!

Our downloadable version of Told After Supper, which also includes the poetry items listed below, can be found on Just click here.

And just so you'll know as you read the items below, we have a downloadable set that consists of Gift of the Magi, "Dulce Domum," "Christmas Morning" and Yes, "Virginia" available from Just click here.

Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry
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It's one of the most famous Christmas stories ever, and rightly so. As O Henry himself put it, "I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest." One of our favorite voices, Amy Caldwell, helps us tell the tale.

"Dulce Domum," from The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
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Rat and Mole find Christmas in Mole's old home, and deepen their friendship along the way. The charm and the sorrow of Grahame's characters is both sweet and sad, and happy in the end just in having what they have and being what they are. Amy Caldwell helps out here as well, playing Rat to Susie Berneis' Mole.

"Christmas Morning," from Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
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At Christmastime, Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth learn to share their Christmas joys and fun with others, and along the way, have a wonderful time doing it.

"Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus," from The New York Sun, by Francis P. Church

Another absolute classic; it's really about what happens when a cynical old newspaperman encounters the need for Christmas in the innocent question from a young girl's heart.

Poetry included in the CD set:

"The Night Before Christmas"--which really isn't that; it's real title is "A Visit From St. Nicholas"--is another classic no Christmas anthology could do without.

"The Three Kings", by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The majesty and indeed the worldly wisdom of the three who came to give great gifts to the infant in the manger has never been better expressed.

"Mistletoe", by Walter de la Mare. A dreamlike experience of a gentle touch from a special person late in the night on Christmas is as fine a piece of dreamland as one could wish.

"Ring Out!", by Alfred Lord Tennyson. A passionate appeal that the new year may be better than the old.

Luke 2:1-20. In the beautiful language of the King James Bible--the only successful contribution to literature ever made by a committee--we hear not only how a babe was born, but how his mother came to believe great things of him.

"Christmas Trees", by Robert Frost. In this early poem, we hear Frost's dry, matter-of-fact New England voice making "a simple calculation" about "Christmas trees I didn't know I had."

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