Christ’s Christmas Tree

Christmas is a time of stories, isn’t it? I never kept a stash of books to read on Independence Day, or Easter, or New Year’s, or for birthdays. But I had a lovely stash of Christmas books until this year. It disappeared, nobody knows where. I have decided that this means I can spend the next few years slowly buying Christmas books for my adult children and their families, and more carefully selecting mine. If the following has ever been published as a Christmas book, I think I would buy it.

Start here, or switch the order if you prefer, which is what I did.  But still, I suggest you start there  I post the tidbit below in hopes of stopping you in the act of doing something other than reading the full short story at the link:

“I am a novelist, and I suppose I have made up this story. I write “I suppose,” though I know for a fact that I have made it up, but yet I keep fancying that it must have happened on Christmas Eve in some great town in a time of terrible frost.

I have a vision of a boy, a little boy, six years old or even younger. This boy woke up that morning in a cold damp cellar. He was dressed in a sort of little dressing-gown and was shivering with cold. There was a cloud of white steam from his breath, and sitting on a box in the corner, he blew the steam out of his mouth and amused himself in his dullness watching it float away….”

When you have finished this story, you must read this short essay. You simply must.

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  1. Frances
    Posted December 25, 2020 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Do you think he was inspired by The Little Match Girl. which seems to have been written earlier. Could have read it and forgotten, perhaps.

    • Headmistress
      Posted December 29, 2020 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      They definitely have similar themes. I don’t know if he read Danish or if it was available to him in Russia at the time.

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