Christmas Stories from Ohio
Dorothy Dodge Robbins, Kenneth Robbins
Kent State University Press, Aug 1, 2010 - Fiction - 174 pages
"Of all the places I have lived in my life, Ohio seems to be the only one that really reminded me of home in Oregon (people holding doors for you when you approach a building is more appealing than one might consider). But right then, on Christmas Eve, although it was not my own holiday, it was a time to be with family and mine were over half a continent away. Yet [the pictures in that old photo booklet] somehow became my absent family for a moment. My family was instantly with me in Akron, Ohio. I saw my brothers and their wives and children. I saw my aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents. And I saw my parents. I stared long at one of the pictures---a man in a checkered shirt and suspenders who looked no older than me who was probably in his eighties by now or no longer in the world. I stared at him and could hear my own father shouting from the front door of my childhood house that he was home, that it was Christmas Eve and he had takeout Chinese for everyone and we were going to set up the eight millimeter film projector and watch home movies as a family, that he had a few three-minute reels developed just for the night. I could see myself in one of those reels, playing with Star Wars action figures on shag-green carpet. But it was no longer Oregon; it was now Ohio, where I was planting permanent roots."---excerpted from "Early Shnoring on Christmas Eve in Akron" by Eric Wasserman
With the first Christmas tree in American history, the creation of the candy cane as a Christmas icon, and the production of one of the most popular Christmas gifts of all time, the Etch A Sketch, Ohio can boast of a remarkable seasonal heritage. Christmas Stories from Ohio documents this heritage in fiction and memoir and celebrates the many moods of yuletide in the Buckeye State. With selections from some of Ohio's most highly regarded classic and contemporary authors, these tales span the generations, offering readers unique geographical, historical, and cultural perspectives on winter holiday traditions. The selections explore time-honored themes of Christmas: family, compassion, wonder, and the human desire for connections and reconnections. Their charm and wit recall the fun of Christmases past, while still looking to the yuletide magic yet to happen. Dorothy Dodge and Kenneth Robbins have compiled the perfect Christmas gift. Christmas Stories from Ohio is sure to delight readers who live in Ohio, as well as former residents with cherished memories of Christmas in the Buckeye State.
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