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Henry, my sister always wants the Christmas excerpt from Wind in the Willows.

The Night Before Christmas and Other Popular Stories For Children by Clement C. Moore

I usually win by insisting that we read Wind in the Willows last year. Sometimes you have to play dirty at Christmas. Short stories are perfect for Christmas, if you celebrate. With all the parties and rushing to finish my work before the end of the year, and running out for last minute gifts, I do not have the brain power to stick with a whole novel.

In includes the aforementioned O. See also: standing in line for a Star Wars movie.

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This funny, heart-warming story takes place in the Sunlit Lands universe, and is a great introduction to the characters and magic. The author is giving it away free as a Christmas gift to his readers. Stories are gifts in the Sunlit Lands, and three characters share tales from past Christmases as they teach each other about their traditions. Like all Matt Mikalatos books, it made my laugh and cry, and so I can never forgive it.

Also includes: puppy-sized unicorn. Full disclosure: I work for the publisher of The Sunlit Lands series, but this short story was self-published by the author. Read the book before the movie comes out! Three of the best-loved modern YA writers worked together to write this collection of three interwoven Christmas romances. I guess you might be wanting something a little more grown up this holiday season, so fine, here is some David Sedaris. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.

Read the rest of the story. Watson — but none is a better fit for the yuletide season than The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle , which was originally published in Strand Magazine shortly after the holidays in I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season. He was lounging upon the sofa in a purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the right, and a pile of crumpled morning papers, evidently newly studied, near at hand.

Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several places. A lens and a forceps lying upon the seat of the chair suggested that the hat had been suspended in this manner for the purpose of examination. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss my results. The matter is a perfectly trivial one"—he jerked his thumb in the direction of the old hat—"but there are points in connection with it which are not entirely devoid of interest and even of instruction.

Frank Baum is best known for creating the land of Oz, but he turned his attention away from Dorothy and the gang to offer his own unique history of Santa Claus, which explains where His Jolliness came from, and how he decided to give away presents each Christmas season:.

Have you heard of the great Forest of Burzee? Nurse used to sing of it when I was a child.

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She sang of the big tree-trunks, standing close together, with their roots intertwining below the earth and their branches intertwining above it; of their rough coating of bark and queer, gnarled limbs; of the bushy foliage that roofed the entire forest, save where the sunbeams found a path through which to touch the ground in little spots and to cast weird and curious shadows over the mosses, the lichens and the drifts of dried leaves. The Forest of Burzee is mighty and grand and awesome to those who steal beneath its shade. Coming from the sunlit meadows into its mazes it seems at first gloomy, then pleasant, and afterward filled with never-ending delights.

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