For readers who are tired of Christmas commercialism, or who feel that Santa Claus and reindeer don’t tell the whole story, these classic gems provide a winning alternative. Selected for their insightfulness, spiritual value, and literary quality (nothing moralistic here) they project the spirit of the season in a fresh, compelling manner that will resonate with readers of all ages – from children too young to read to themselves, to parents and grandparents who enjoy reading stories aloud. Home for Christmas includes time-tested favorites by some of the world’s most beloved children’s authors – Pearl Buck, Selma Lagerlöf, Henry van Dyke, Madeleine L’Engle, Elizabeth Goudge, Rebecca Caudill, and Ruth Sawyer – as well as little-known European stories appearing in English for the first time.
This collection of stories is sure to please the entire family. Personally, I enjoy everything that focuses my attention on the meaning of Christmas, rather than the commercialization that marks the contemporary view of Christmas. These stories harken back to times where people viewed the simple things in life differently.
I can’t say that I enjoyed each story equally well, but even the couple that I didn’t love were so well-written that I appreciated the language. The writing was so vivid and descriptive that I could imagine the settings as if I were there. Ea
The best part of this book was the glimpses into different cultures and people from around the world. I also enjoyed the length of each story; they are perfect for reading aloud to children of all ages. I can imagine re-reading this book each year at Christmas time and enjoying it more each year. I can also imagine children loving the stories more each year as they are read and re-read.
If you are looking for a compilation of Christmas stories that you probably haven’t read before, this is it. If you are looking for old-time stories, you will find them here. If you are looking for stories with a message, you will find them here too.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Plough Publishing and Handlebar in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.