The Most Festive (And Not-So-Festive) Christmas Scenes From Classic Books

December 24, 2014 3:31 PM

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The Most Festive (And Not-So-Festive) Christmas Scenes From Classic Books

Every family that celebrates Christmas has its own traditions -- fictional families included. Some celebrations, characterized by roaring fires and creaking tables of mince pies and steaming turkey, capture the aspirational heart of the Christmas spirit. Other fictional holidays paint the gray disappointment that can accompany a lackluster Christmas party.

Jo was the first to wake in the gray dawn of Christmas morning. No stockings hung at the fireplace, and for a moment she felt as much disappointed as she did long ago, when her little sock fell down because it was crammed so full of goodies. Then she remembered her mother's promise and, slipping her...

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