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Nostalgic Christmas Stories

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.According to the Associated Press, it’s not just me feeling extra humbug this winter. Tough times all around are sending people in search of familiar warm-fuzzies to beat the blues and blahs. And what better way to get in the holiday spirit than by revisiting some of the stories about the holidays that made us feel best, both in childhood and even for grown-ups.

The mortgage meltdown, job squeeze and clash between rich and poor evoke long-popular holiday tales with ghostly clarity, offering messages of hope, faith and togetherness during an intensely uncertain year, says William J. Palmer, an English professor and Charles Dickens expert at Purdue University.

“The real reason that readers have always returned to `A Christmas Carol’ year after year since the 1840s is that it provides a way of reinvigorating the spirit of Christmas that everyone wants to feel during this season, no matter how hard the times or how bleak the economic outlook,” he said.

Some of the Christmas stories mentioned to help you believe in Santa again:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus by Anonymous (really Francis Church, a Sun of New York staffer)
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
It’s a Wonderful Life based on The Greatest Gift by Philip van Doren Stern
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Roast some chestnuts, curl up with cookies and eggnog, snooze in front of the fire, and read your holiday favourites – whatever it takes to hunker down and get through the long winter, warm and happy.

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