This classic Christmas
story by the author of REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM features a child as
memorable and charitable as Dickens's Tiny Tim. Born on Christmas Day,
Carol is the Bird family's special Christmas baby. As her tenth birthday
approaches, declining health threatens young Carol's life. Her only
wish, however, is to plan an unforgettable Christmas celebration for the
poor Ruggles children next door. Few characters have embodied the
spirit of Christmas more fully than Carol Bird in this bittersweet
holiday classic, which generations of readers have cherished for more
than a hundred years.
I'm always surprised at how few people have heard of this book, but when I was growing up it was part of our Christmas tradition to take turns reading aloud to the family a few chapters each night leading up to Christmas Eve (usually the 23rd and 24th - it's a fairly short book).
Written in 1887, the story is filled with descriptions of the way Christmas used to be, as Carol plans the celebration for the poor neighbor children. The story is in turns hysterically funny and poignantly sad, but is sure to be enjoyed by anyone who loves Christmas.
Copies of the book can be difficult to find, but if you're interested, the text of the story is available online in multiple places, including Project Gutenberg.
What's your favorite Christmas story?