A Family Christmas

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  • Copyright: 2007-10-30
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
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"When I began assembling [this] collection, I was skeptical that I would learn anything new about Christmas, but reading and reflecting on the history and spirit of Christmas brought back many memories, and taught me a great deal ... The literature of Christmas ranges from the miraculous to the tragic, the profound to the ridiculous, but always represents the connection to something larger than ourselves." -Caroline Kennedy In A Family Christmas, Caroline shares the Christmas poetry, prose, scriptural readings, and lyrics that are most dear to her, drawing on authors as diverse as Harper Lee, Nikki Giovanni, Martin Luther King Jr., Billy Collins, John and Yoko, and Charles Dickens. There are also many lesser-known gems throughout and personal treasures from her own family -- including a young Caroline's Christmas list to Santa Claus and a letter from her father as President to a child concerned about Santa's well-being. This diverse and unique anthology will become a timeless keepsake, and will enrich your heart and mind with the spirit of Christmas. A Family Christmas includes selections from: Groucho Marx, Emma Lazarus, Mark Twain, Sandra Cisneros, Pearl S. Buck, Truman Capote, Gabriela Mistral, Ogden Nash, Clement Clarke Moore, Vladimir Nabokov, Marianne Moore, Calvin Trillin, E. B. White, and many more.

Table of Contents

We Need a Little Christmasp. v
Letter to Santap. xi
Introductionp. xiii
The Gracious Timep. 1
The Gracious Time (from Hamlet)p. 3
Psalm 8p. 4
Credop. 5
Letter to Fred Allenp. 6
Relative Pronounsp. 7
Keeping Christmasp. 10
White Christmasp. 12
Deck the Hallsp. 13
Deck the Hallsp. 15
Under the Mistletoep. 17
Messiah (Christmas Portions)p. 19
Little treep. 23
The Christmas Treep. 25
Christmas Trees: A Christmas Circular Letterp. 28
A Christmas Treep. 31
Christmas Party at the South Danbury Churchp. 37
The Loudest Voicep. 38
Peace and Goodwill to Managersp. 45
The Old Scout: The Season of Letter-Perfect Familiesp. 47
The Computer's First Christmas Cardp. 50
Lynch v. Donnelly, 465 U.S. 668 (1984)p. 51
The Holly and the Ivyp. 54
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Townp. 57
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Townp. 59
A Visit from St. Nicholasp. 60
Is There a Santa Claus? ("Yes, Virginia")p. 63
Letter to Michelle Rochonp. 65
Letter from Santa Clausp. 66
Santa's Stockingp. 69
Mr. Edwards Meets Santa Claus (from Little House on the Prairie)p. 71
A Chaparral Christmas Giftp. 78
Santa Clausp. 84
Saint Nicholasp. 86
Saint Nicholas (from The Christmas Encyclopedia)p. 88
Six to Eight Black Menp. 92
Santaland 2006 (from Santa Guide for the Macy's Santa)p. 97
Children of the World v. Santa Clausp. 104
The Deadweight Loss of Christmas (from American Economic Review)p. 106
NORAD Tracks Santa: www.noradsanta.orgp. 112
Father Christmas Executedp. 116
Christmas in Hollis: Run-D.M.C.p. 125
Away in a Mangerp. 127
Away in a Mangerp. 129
Isaiah 9: 2-6p. 130
Luke 2: 1-20p. 131
Pedida de la Posada: Asking for Lodgingp. 133
The Stablep. 136
The Barnp. 138
Presepiop. 140
The Puppy Who Wanted a Boyp. 142
Christmas Superstitions (from Christmas in the Mountains)p. 146
Christmas Eve-Nochebuenap. 149
Carol of the Birds-El Cant dels Ocellsp. 150
Silent Nightp. 153
Joy to the Worldp. 155
Joy to the World!p. 157
Christmas Sparrowp. 158
Christmas Day in the Morningp. 160
Christmas Day at Seap. 165
Christmasp. 169
A Christmas Memoryp. 176
Blondp. 188
All I Want for Christmas Is Youp. 190
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing-Hail the Heav'n Born Prince of Peace: Christmas in Wartimep. 193
Hark! The Herald Angels Singp. 195
Peacep. 197
Letter to John Hancockp. 198
Christmas Bellsp. 201
The Christmas Truce, World War I (from The London Times)p. 203
Letter to Tommy, World War IIp. 206
Telegram to the U.S. Ambassador, Moscowp. 208
A Christmas Sermon on Peacep. 209
Christmas E-mails from Iraqp. 216
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)p. 220
We Wish You a Merry Christmas: The Christmas Feastp. 221
We Wish You a Merry Christmas: Traditionalp. 223
All you that to feasting and mirth are inclined Anonymous English (Medieval)p. 224
"Amos 'n' Andy" Christmas Show Fails Test of Time (from The New York Times)p. 225
Christmas in Qatarp. 230
Christmas Laughterp. 232
Penalty for Keeping Christmasp. 234
Grace Defendedp. 235
From Martha Washington's Kitchenp. 237
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlp. 240
Christmas in the Olden Timep. 244
The Second of the Three Spirits (from A Christmas Carol)p. 246
Salvation Army's Bounty (from The New York Times)p. 258
Christmas Every Dayp. 262
Christmas in the Tenementsp. 267
Un Poquito de Tu Amorp. 273
Here We Come a-Wassailing: Traditionalp. 278
O Come, All Ye Faithfulp. 279
O Come, All Ye Faithfulp. 281
Matthew 2: 1-12p. 282
The Oxenp. 284
A Christmas Carolp. 285
Carol of the Brown Kingp. 287
Christmas Morningp. 288
The Gift of the Magip. 290
The Real Gifts Parents Can Give to Childrenp. 296
Dreams of a Black Christmasp. 299
Christmasp. 306
The First Nowell: Traditionalp. 308
Winter Wonderlandp. 311
Winter Wonderlandp. 313
All's Noel That Ends Noelp. 315
Christ Climbed Downp. 317
Remembrance Is Sufficientp. 320
For the Time Beingp. 322
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind (from As You Like It)p. 324
Acknowledgmentsp. 327
Creditsp. 329
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