Here are the answers to the previous post (click here to see the questions).
1. Favorite Christmas story openers:
a. From “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens – ghosts keep old Scrooge riled up all night long and Christmas morn he awakes jollier than Santa Claus
b. From “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote – a young boy and his elderly cousin make fruitcake and get drunk.
Best metaphors in a Christmas tale:
They were all from “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” Dylan Thomas
Click to hear Dylan Thomas read the poem. I think you’ll agree with me – stunning poetry.
3. Lines in a Christmas story I wish I’d written:
a. From “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – a stolen gem finds its way into a Christmas goose and Sherlock has to figure out how it got there.
b. Truman Capote, A Christmas Memory
c. Dylan Thomas, A Child’s Christmas in Wales
4. How I feel after last minute X-mas shopping
a. From “The Gift of the Magi,” by O’Henry – a young couple sacrifice their most precious possessions to make each other happy.
5. Best Endings in a Christmas story
a. From “The Dead” by James Joyce – a middle age man realizes he doesn’t really know his wife as all around him family members celebrate a most dysfunctional Feast of Epiphany
b. From “At Christmas Time” by Anton Chekhov – an insensitive man cares more about his military career than his homesick wife.
c. Truman Capote, A Christmas Memory
d. From “A letter from Santa” by Mark Twain – letter from Twain to his ailing daughter.
The Sobfest was, of course, from Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Girl.
If you haven’t read the above masterpieces, I strongly recommend them. It’s hard to pick a favorite but “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote is my number one. It’s funny, sad and elegant.
May you all survive the Holiday Season with a smile still in your heart and on your face!