Stories for Yuletide
HERE ARE three stories to read for Christmas: "A Pint of Judgment" by Elizabeth Morrow, "A Christmas Present for a Lady" by Myra Kelly and "Christmas Every Day" by William Dean Howells.
Morrow's story concerns a girl whose mother wants a pint of judgment for Christmas. The child learns that judgment is sense but interprets it as cents and works hard to fill a pint cup with pennies. The story can be found in Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book, out of print but available in public libraries.
Myra Kelly wrote of an immigrant Jewish boy at the turn of the century who adored his teacher but had neither permission nor money to buy her a Christmas present. So he gave her the rent receipt for his family's tenement room that his father had given his mother the night before. It gave his mother a glad feeling, so the boy assumed that it would make his teacher just as happy. The story may be found in May Lamberton Becker's out-of-print Home Book of Christmas and in Little Citizens: The Humors of School Life by Myra Kelly (available from Peter Smith).
William Dean Howells tells that a little girl was granted her wish to have Christmas every day. As a result, many terrible things happen. For example, people grow so poor from buying so many gifts that they all end up in the poor house. Read about all the other consequences of this wish in Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book. JULIA OXRIEDER Williamsburg, Va.
READERS who followed the recent change in British prime ministers might keenly enjoy Andre Maurois's A Life of Disraeli (often available in secondhand bookstores)
In this fascinating book, Disraeli grows from social gadfly into a peer of the realm and revered elder statesmen. As Maurois writes, "No people are more sensitive than the English to the beauty wherewith time can adorn and object; they love old statesmen, worn and polished in the struggle, as they love old leather and old wood." JANE G. HECKMAN Arlington
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