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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Stories

Like many Americans, I'm a big fan of Christmas. I'm actually a really big fan. Every year I get the Christmas tree itch sometime in October, but am inevitably reasoned away from pulling out the old artificial tree by someone less intoxicated by the idea of blinking colored lights and kitties who play with garland. In my opinion, this is a shame, and I'd happily hand out Halloween candy dressed up as a Frankenstein's monster in front of my Christmas tree. Rarr!

Anyway, as a big fan of Christmas, I'm also a big fan of Christmas stories. I wrote a dragon-themed reinterpretation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with a friend in eighth grade, and every once in a while the urge strikes me to write another Christmas story. Unfortunately, I didn't plan very well this year, so I can't promise one for you. However, an idea's been skating around my head the past few days, so anything's possible (is Santa listening?).

As a fan of Christmas stories, I would also like to hear from you about some of your favorites. I've read a few, including Gene Wolfe's "La Befana" from his Book of Days and "No Planets Strike" from his Strange Travelers anthology, but I'd like to read something non-Wolfe this Christmas. So please tell me your favorites in the comments! I'd love to read them!


chrisd said...

The Littlest Angel is one of my favorites. Not that I can actually READ it out loud without sobbing, but I really like that one.

And the original in the Bible is always good. Right?

Merry Christmas, guys!

Joel said...

I will make a point to read The Little Angel, and you are right about the Bible. It'll be a good excuse to thumb through that old story. Thanks for the recommendations. :)

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Unknown said...

Merry Christmas! I can't think of any favorite Christmas stories. I just bought my nieces How the Grinch Stole Christmas from Wal-Mart. I bought only one Christmas romance from Harl. Hopefully, it's a good one. Take care.


Mister Troll said...

The Dark Is Rising

I swear I'm going to contribute to my own dang blog eventually. I think I will have lots of time over vacation to write up some posts :-)

Joel said...

Mister Troll - Yes! The Dark is Rising! I had forgotten about that one! Thank you! Wonderful book, wonderful series.

Keishon - Merry Christmas to you, too! If you think of some of those stories at a later date, I'd be happy if you let me know. I hope your new Christmas romance is a good one. :)

Unknown said...

I have The Dark is Rising. Pushing it up the TBR pile. The romance was meh.Happy New Year!

Jamie said...
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Jamie said...

I would recommend Connie Willis's Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. She's an excellent author and wrote a collection of science fiction/fantasy short stories.

Mister Troll said...

Jamie C. -- Haven't heard of it, but I went ahead and put it on my list at the library. (I love this library - it's almost as convenient as Netflix, only with books.) Thanks for the suggestion!