Christmas Stories are always a favourite tradition during the holiday season. Everyone seems to have their favourite movie or tv show. But for me, there's something extra special about Christmas stories - especially when read aloud...on Christmas Eve.
A favourite of mine is Charles Dickens 'Christmas Carol.' One year, I had the honour of reading a section for a CBC recording that is still shown on local cable tv. I had a ball dressing up in what passed for a 'period costume', and ringing a large bell. I even dropped a big pile of chains on the floor - I guess I was the ghost of Christmas past.
But there are other great stories..among them - 'The Gift of the Magi,' 'King John's Christmas', and a 'Child's Christmas in Wales' - my favouritest of all. The uncles were wonderful, and I loved the snowball fight and the fire. Christmas doesn't always come wrapped up in pretty paper with a bow on top.
Read stories aloud - they are rare gifts, indeed.
Sharon Frayne is a writer and artist. She is a member of the Canadian Author's Association, the Niagara Writer's Circle and the Pumphouse Art Gallery. She looks for the universal experience and the mystery in everyday things.