Most of us read a story or book once, and then put it aside. Some have a favourite classic that we may have read in school, and then enjoyed again as an adult. But there is something timeless in classic Christmas tales and poetry, and we don’t mind reading or listening to them again and again. Many of these favourites can be found in Favourite Christmas Stories from Fireside Al. Any of us who listened to Alan Maitland read these stories aloud will no doubt hear his voice in our heads, but even if not, this is a wonderful collection.
I have so many favourites in this collection I can only mention a few. The Shepherd by Frederick Forsyth is a timeless tale. No Christmas collection would be complete without Dickens and in this collection we find Christmas at Fezziwig’s Warehouse. Stephan Leacock, Thomas Hardy, Dylan Thomas, and W. O. Mitchell are just some of the authors whose works are found in this collection.
I hope you either read an old favourite, or discover something new, or something old that is new again this holiday season. And Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the South Central Regional Library.