09 December 2015

The Christmas Angel

LibriVox recording of The Christmas Angel, by Abbie Farwell Brown.
Read by Jan MacGillivray.

Disagreeable old Miss Terry spends her Christmas Eve getting rid of toys from her childhood toy box. One by one she tosses them onto the sidewalk in front of her house, then secretly watches the little scenes that occur, which seem to confirm her belief that true Christmas spirit does not exist. Then the Angel from her childhood Christmas tree appears to show Miss Terry that she has not yet witnessed the final act of each of those little dramas … 

Living Age magazine in 1910 observed of The Christmas Angel, "Not since Charles Dickens laid down his pen forever has there been a prettier Christmas story written, one more full of the real spirit of Christmas or conveying a more seasonable lesson." (Summary by Jan MacGillivray)
from: https://archive.org/details/christmas_angel_jm_librivox

  • I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. 
  • Charles Dickens

Vintage Pineapple Crochet Patterns

Today's vintage patterns that I've dug up are for items made with a pineapple design. I remember this design very well from doilies my mom had in the living room when I was a small child. They were a tan color, rather like the color of an old paper bag. They were highly starched and special knick-knacks sat on them. Under the lamps on the end tables were doilies with highly starched, ruffled edges. I don't remember if they had the pineapple design or not.  For your enjoyment, the Pineapple Fan-Fair booklet.

Hope everyone is staying nice and cozy warm!