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A Little Book for Christmas   By: (1861-1920)

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A Little Book for Christmas by Cyrus Townsend Brady is a heartwarming collection of short stories and poems that perfectly captures the spirit of the holiday season. Although the title may suggest a small volume, the content within is anything but diminutive. This delightful book undoubtedly takes readers on a magical journey filled with love, hope, and joy.

One of the remarkable aspects of this book is its ability to transport readers to different times and places. Brady skillfully weaves together tales set in various settings, from the bustling streets of 19th-century New York City to the charming countryside of England. Each story carries its own unique charm and atmosphere, allowing readers to immerse themselves fully in the holiday spirit.

The characters which Brady introduces are beautifully developed and relatable, making it effortless for readers to connect with them. Whether it's an elderly couple rediscovering the magic of Christmas or a young child learning the true meaning of giving, these characters tug at the heartstrings and leave a lasting impression. Their journeys are thoughtfully crafted, often demonstrating the power of kindness and the importance of cherishing moments spent with loved ones.

Furthermore, the author's writing style is elegant and evocative, effortlessly capturing the warmth and magic of the holiday season. Brady's ability to paint vivid imagery with words is truly remarkable; readers can almost feel the icy snowflakes falling or hear the crackling of a warm fireplace. The prose flows smoothly, captivating readers from the first page to the last.

A Little Book for Christmas also features a selection of beautiful poems that perfectly complement the accompanying stories. These poems provide a welcome interlude, allowing readers to reflect on the deeper meanings and emotions evoked by the holiday season. They serve as a reminder of the power of words and their ability to touch our hearts.

In conclusion, A Little Book for Christmas is a delightful and heartwarming collection that is sure to enchant readers of all ages. Cyrus Townsend Brady masterfully captures the essence of Christmas through his evocative storytelling, relatable characters, and poetic prose. Whether you're seeking a book to uplift your spirits during the holiday season or looking to indulge in tales that celebrate the joy of Christmas, this book is a must-read. It reminds us that amidst the hustle and bustle of life, it's the simple acts of love, kindness, and generosity that truly define the spirit of Christmas.

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[Illustration: The author making his book, as pictured by his friend, Will Crawford.]

A Little Book for Christmas

Containing a Greeting, a Word of Advice, Some Personal Adventures, a Carol, a Meditation, and Three Christmas Stories for All Ages

By Cyrus Townsend Brady

Author of "And Thus He Came, A Christmas Fantasy," "Christmas When the West Was Young," etc., etc.

With Illustrations and Decorations by Will Crawford

G.P. Putnam's Sons New York and London The Knickerbocker Press 1917




Christmas is one of the great days of obligation and observance in the Church of which I am a Priest; but it is much more than that, it is one of the great days of obligation and observance in the world. Furthermore it is one of the evidences of the power of Him Whose birth we commemorate that its observation is not limited by conditions of race and creed. Those who fail to see in Him what we see nevertheless see something and even by imperfect visions are moved to joy. The world transmutes that joy into blessing, not merely by giving of its substance but of its soul because men perceive that it is for the soul's good and because they hope to receive its benefits although they well know that giving is far better than receiving, in the very words of Him Who gave us the greatest of all gifts Himself... Continue reading book >>

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