finished reading

 I'm especially glad to have read and enjoyed this collection of essays, stories, and poems that was edited by a former student.  It is simply delightful.  Part history of Christmas, part history of Maine, and I found myself nodding with recollections made.

From the publisher:
Since Maine’s earliest days, stories have been written about the joys of Christmas in the state. In times of hardship and in times of wealth, Maine and her people have always put the value of Christmas in time shared with family and friends, connections with the natural world, rich traditions and warm woodstoves. This heartwarming and diverse collection of essays, stories, and poetry from the mid-1800s through the Great Depression through today shows that while Christmas trends may change, the warmth, gratitude, and humility of the Maine spirit is evergreen.

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