Holly Hill was a place for Christmas! Holly Hill, the old rambling Stratford homestead in Virginia, on its high hill, looking down the long slope and across the wide fields to the far woods rimming the sky. From Bob, the veteran, within a month of his teens, down to brown-eyed Evelyn, with her golden hair floating all around her, when Christmas came everyone hung up a stocking, and the visit of Santa Claus was the event of the year. They went to sleep the night before Christmas-or rather they went to bed, for sleep was long far from their bright eyes-with delightful expectations and thrills along their backs, and with little squeakings and gurglings, like so many little white mice, and if Santa Claus had not always been so very prompt in disappearing up the chimney before daybreak he must certainly have been caught. For by the time the chickens were crowing in the morning there would be an answering twitter through the house, and with a patter of little feet and subdued laughter small, white-clad figures would steal through the dim light of dusky rooms and cold passages, opening doors with sudden bursts, and shouting "Christmas gift!" into darkened chambers, at still sleeping elders. Then they would scurry away in the gray light to rake open the hickory embers and revel in the exploration of their bulging, overcrowded stockings.
After spending 20 years in a Santa Suit delivering Christmas joy, author John Mangiapane has written a memoir of his best - and sometimes least-successful deliveries. Written for adults who understand that a good illusion is worth it's weight in gold.
Where Did Gift Giving Begin? Christmas is one of the most important holidays celebrated in most countries around the world, yet the true origin of this special day is often missed. Almost everyone equates Santa Claus and the giving of gifts with Christmas, but what event was the catalyst behind this centuries-old tradition? This delightfully illustrated children's story is sure to become a tradition for you and your family as the holiday rolls around each year. Christmas is a special time of celebration and one in which we have time to reflect on what is most important. Also in the series: It's Not about You, Mrs. Turkey It's Not about You, Mr. Pumpkin It's Not about You, Mr. Easter Bunny
Santaa (TM)s Workshop is bustling with the magic of AniMotion in Accorda (TM)s latest holiday offering, sure to be at the top of every preschoolera (TM)s letter to Santa. Christmas is right around the corner and "Santa's Workshop" is buzzing with holiday excitement and cheer in this newest mini AniMotion offering that takes readers through last-minute preparations at the North Pole. Toy-tinkering elves, curious reindeer, and even the big guy himself come to life on the brightly illustrated pages of "Santa's Workshop." Culminating with an overflowing sleigh flying off to make Christmas Eve deliveries, "Santa's Workshop" is proof positive that good things do come in small packages.
Thomas Nelson Page was a Virginian author, and ambassador to Italy during the Wilson administration.He is best known for his postbellum Southern work.
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