Favorite Holiday Stories
Posted by Natalie Gilmore | 28 November 2012
David Sedaris is one of my favorite storytellers. He has such a quirky point of view and spins his yarns with such sly craft, I find his tales irresistible. This is one of the reasons I so look forward to our annual production of The Santaland Diaries. While The Santaland Diaries is my current favorite holiday story (It has just the right amount of snark and warmth), it’s in a long line of stories I love to return to again and again throughout the season.
As much as eggnog, mistletoe and caroling, storytelling is a central part of the holiday season. Whether you have the warm fuzzy memories of sitting on Grandma’s lap while she read to you or you acted out your favorite story in a church pageant, most of us have stories at the heart of our holiday memories.
There are so many holiday stories that we hold in our hearts. Here are a few of my favorites.
Poet O. Henry’s inspirational tale of a poor husband and wife who give up their most prized possessions to purchase gifts for their beloved inspires us to believe in selfless love. Of course, the two poor lovers each end up with a gift they can’t use and the loss of their prized possessions. But they realize their true gift is their love for each other. It’s inspiring. It also makes me grateful for amazon wish lists.
This lovely poem by Clement C. Moore is a classic for good reason. Who can resist the lovely images of children snug in their beds dreaming of Christmas toys? Does your family read this aloud on Christmas Eve?
Who can resist the story of a train ride (all kids love trains!) to the North Pole? This gentle story reminds us to always believe.
“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”
This list is certainly not comprehensive, so now it’s your turn! Tell us your favorite holiday stories and you will be entered to win a pair of tickets to The Santaland Diaries and dinner for two at P.F. Chang's.
Winners will be drawn Friday, December 7!