Christmas on the Great Plains

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For the inhabitants of the Great Plains, the month of December is thirty-one days of progressively receding sunlight, unremittingly low temperatures, and the ever-present threat—if not the reality—of knee-high snow. Arriving at the peak of this blustery weather, Christmas is extended as far as possible on both sides of December 25. On the Great Plains, December needs a Christmas season, not just a single day.

Featuring stories and essays by both classic and contemporary regional...

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Overview

For the inhabitants of the Great Plains, the month of December is thirty-one days of progressively receding sunlight, unremittingly low temperatures, and the ever-present threat—if not the reality—of knee-high snow. Arriving at the peak of this blustery weather, Christmas is extended as far as possible on both sides of December 25. On the Great Plains, December needs a Christmas season, not just a single day.

Featuring stories and essays by both classic and contemporary regional authors, including Willa Cather, Hamlin Garland, Paul Engle, Constance Vogel, and Ted Kooser, Christmas on the Great Plains offers unique geographic, historical, and cultural perspectives on winter's holiday celebrations and traditions—from lutefisk and julebukking to sleighbells and twinkling lights—that will be appreciated by anyone who has braved the wintry plains.

The stories in this collection unwrap like so many holiday packages, revealing a varied assortment of gifts. Moments of communal beauty and happiness are common, as in Mary Swander's The Living Creche, where her friends reenact the nativity scene at Fairview School, or in Mari Sandoz's The Christmas of the Phonograph Records, where isolated homesteaders travel far to hear the sounds of their first phonograph. Yet as we all know, the reality of the season is not always magical. One person's Christmas joy is countered by another's annual depression, the latter reinforced by the bleak landscape of this harsh climate. As Jane Smiley says in Long Distance, a story about a disconnected man spending the holidays with a family whom he has not seen in years, "though he cannot bear to stay here after all, he cannot bear to go either."

A thought-provoking and inspiring antidote to the dark and icy days of December, Christmas on the Great Plains is a welcome reminder of the many connections we make with each other and the landscape during the Yuletide season.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877459019
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Bur Oak Book Series
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Journey into Christmas 1
Long distance 9
The Christmas that would not stop 25
Winter break 33
The living creche 41
The Christmas of the phonograph records 47
Marie 59
One Christmas in the darkness of the plains 73
December 79
Christmas letter, 1997 97
The Christmas offering 99
Making bows 111
Family 115
An Iowa Christmas 123
The shop 131
My first Christmas tree 141
What I took from Minnesota Christmases 145
Stringing lights 155
First profession 161
Julebukking 169
The burglar's Christmas 173
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