Journey Into Christmas and Other Stories

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U of Nebraska Press, 1985 - Fiction - 265 pages
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The true meaning of Christmas emerges in these stories about reunited families, good fellowship, and restored faith. This is not to say that all is sugar candy. The mother in the title story faces a lonely Christmas in an empty house?but then something quite ordinary but miraculous happens. In "The Drum Goes Dead," a small-town bank cashier, a solid citizen and sterling friend, is dispirited by hard times until he discovers, through his own resources, that it is indeed a wonderful life.

Here are nine other holiday stories, by turns dramatic, humorous, and inspirational. The closing piece recalls the author's childhood in Iowa. Bess Streeter Aldrich is well remembered for A Lantern in Her Hand, from which Christmas on the Prairie is reprinted, and Spring Came On Forever.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER Journey into Christmas
1
Star Across the Tracks
18
The Drum Goes Dead
46
Youth Is All of an UpandComing
75
The Man Who Caught the Weather
90
Bid the Tapers Twinkle
110
Christmas on the Prairie
136
from A Lantern in Her Hand
155
Low Lies His Bed
156
Another Brought Gifts
179
Suzannes Own Night
202
The Silent Stars Go By
208
Remember
228
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