Christmas Cookies--The Little Box
This project is designed to help you sit back, close your
eyes, and be swept away into the many, many aspects of Christmas--sad and
sweet, reverent and hilarious, mundane and magical. Here's a look at what
we're including in the short version of the project, for those who may
already have A Christmas Carol.
The Little Box:
Stories and poems of Christmas
Two disks, 2.3 hours.
A shorter collection of stories and poems about Christmas including such favorites as The
Gift of the Magi, Dulce Domum (the Christmas
chapter from The Wind in the Willows,) and Christmas Morning,
one o the Christmas stories from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It also
includes the short pieces and poetry listed to the left. A wonderful gift for someone you
love, or just for yourself!
Ways to buy this title:
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!
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
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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 Clause," 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
"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
"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."