It’s a Novel Christmas! 

 Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.  Maybe Christmas …perhaps … means a little bit more!” 
Dr. Seuss – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
 

 There’s nothing like curling up in front of a cozy fire and reading a good book. It’s even better this  

time of the year when you can become enthralled with a classic holiday story.  This month we’re going to examine Christmas novels and poems. 

        At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  There are a few poems that focus on this – The Journey of the Magi by T.S. Eliot, On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity by John Milton and The Three Kings by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  In the book realm, there is B is for Bethlehem, The First Christmas and The Little Angel. 

        Charles Dickens penned a few masterpieces.  There was A Christmas Carol, which focuses on Ebenezer Scrooge and his bitter bah-hum-bug attitude towards Christmas. Dickens also wrote the holiday novels What Christmas is as We Grow Older, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth. 

         A few holiday classic books that contain the word Christmas in the title include – At Christmas Time, The Beggar Boy at Christ’s Christmas Tree, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, A Christmas Inspiration, The Christmas MiracleA Country Christmas, Jesus Calling for Christmas, Papa Panov’s Special Christmas and Tilly’s Christmas.    A few other good Christmas reads are – The Adventures of the Blue CarbuncleMadeline’s ChristmasThe Tailor of Gloucester and Silent Night: The Story of WWI Christmas Truce. 

         Moreover, there are poems and stories about jolly-old St. Nick.  The most famous being is Clement Clarke Moore’s – A Visit From St. Nicholas.  Other ones include Mark Twain’s A Letter From Santa Claus, Book of Santa Claus, Is There a Santa Claus, and The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus and the Year Without a Santa Claus.           

          There are also the Christmas books and stories that were made into movies and TV specials.  Some of these include – A Charlie Brown ChristmasA Christmas Story, How the Grinch Stoles Christmas, The Nutcracker and the Mouse KingThe Polar Express, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The SnowmanThe Year Without a Santa Claus and Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus. 

           Since we have browsed over Christmas books, we must now page through this novel exam.  Get set to ace this query, because it’s time to get a little trivial………. 

  1.  The Father Christmas Letters were created by this English writer, poet and university professor. 
  2.  In 1916, Robert Frost wrote this holiday circular letter (poem).  
  3. The 1943 novel The Greatest Gift by Phillip Van Doren Stern was the basis for this 1946 holiday film. 
  4. This person wrote The Gift of the Magiwhich is a short story about a husband and wife and their challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with little money. 
  5. This famous minister wrote The Cradle, Cross and Crown and God’s Blessings of Christmas. 
  6. Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck and artist Mark Buehner published this heartwarming story that illustrates the true meaning of Christmas.
  7. Name the renowned author who penned One Christmas and A Christmas Memory. 
  8. The poem A Visit From St. Nicholas is also known by this title….. 
  9. Valentine Davies wrote this book that was eventually made into a movie which starred Natalie Wood. 
  10. How many ghosts visit Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? 
  11. He wrote The Fir Tree, The Little Match Girl and The Steadfast
  12. These siblings wrote The Elves and the Shoemaker that eventually turned into a song. 
  13. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow composed this holiday poem Tin Soldier.
  14. This female author wrote: Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem. 
  15. Which Northern Connection staff member wrote the Christmas book A Shepherd’s Song? 

  Answers:  1. J. R. R. Tolkein  2. Christmas Trees  3.  It’s a Wonderful Life  4. O. Henry  5. Billy Graham  6. Christmas Day in the Morning 7. Truman Capote  8. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas  9. Miracle on 34th Street 10. Four  11. Hans Christian Andersen 12. The Brothers Grimm (Jacob & Wilhelm) 13. Christmas Bells 14. Maya Angelou 15. Janice Lane Palko 

 

Sources: https://medium.com/the-mission/the-30-best-christmas-books-of-all-time-c492c468051b, https://interestingliterature.com/2014/12/24/24-amazing-literature-facts-for-christmas/, https://daringtolivefully.com/christmas-stories-and-poems, https://www.bookbub.com/blog/2017/11/21/classic-christmas-books-to-read https://www.christianbook.com/page/christmas/christmas-books/christmas-inspiration 

By Paula Green 

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