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Opening the Literature of Christmas

The Coming of Father Christmas
“When it’s Christmas we’re all of us magi.” —Joseph Brodsky, “December 24, 1971”Early December is an exciting time—looking forward to the holiday festivities and celebrations this month brings. Introduce your students to classic literary selections and seasonal poetry that highlights Christmastime as a special occasion for charity, good will, family togetherness and meaningful reflection.Read More »
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Washington Irving: author of America’s Christmas

Currier & Ives, “Winter in the Country: A Cold Morning”, ca. 1863
There is something in the very season of the year that gives a charm to the festivity of Christmas…In the depth of winter, when nature lies despoiled of every charm, and wrapped in her shroud of sheeted snow, we turn for our gratifications to moral sources. The dreariness and desolation of the landscape, the short gloomy days and darksome nights, while they circumscribe our wanderings, shut in our feelings also from rambling abroad, and make us more keenly disposed for the pleasures of the social circle.—Washington Irving, Old ChristmasRead More »
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"What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night!"

These words mark the frontispiece of the 1899 edition of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a Halloween classic that has entertained people for over a hundred years. Do students know Washington Irving was a beloved and influential American writer during the nineteenth century?Read More »