A Family Christmas

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"When I began assembling [this] collection, I was skeptical that I would learn anything new about Christmas, but reading and reflecting on the history and spirit of Christmas brought back many memories, and taught me a great deal. . . . The literature of Christmas ranges from the miraculous to the tragic, the profound to the ridiculous, but always represents the connection to something larger than ourselves." --Caroline Kennedy

In A Family Christmas, Caroline shares the Christmas poetry, prose, scriptural ...

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Overview

"When I began assembling [this] collection, I was skeptical that I would learn anything new about Christmas, but reading and reflecting on the history and spirit of Christmas brought back many memories, and taught me a great deal. . . . The literature of Christmas ranges from the miraculous to the tragic, the profound to the ridiculous, but always represents the connection to something larger than ourselves." --Caroline Kennedy

In A Family Christmas, Caroline shares the Christmas poetry, prose, scriptural readings, and lyrics that are most dear to her, drawing on authors as diverse as Harper Lee, Nikki Giovanni, Martin Luther King Jr., Billy Collins, John and Yoko, and Charles Dickens. There are also many lesser-known gems throughout and personal treasures from her own family--including a young Caroline's Christmas list to Santa Claus and a letter from her father as President to a child concerned about Santa's well-being. This diverse and unique anthology will become a timeless keepsake, and will enrich your heart and mind with the spirit of Christmas.

A Family Christmas includes selections from: Groucho Marx, Emma Lazarus, Mark Twain, Sandra Cisneros, Pearl S. Buck, Truman Capote, Gabriela Mistral, Ogden Nash, Clement Clarke Moore, Vladimir Nabokov, Marianne Moore, Calvin Trillin, E. B. White, and many more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Kennedy, who possesses a proven track record for bringing literary anthology into the publishing mainstream, offers a potpourri of her favorite stories, poems, essays, scriptures and songs associated with the holiday season. Though David Sedaris's performance of his whimsical monologue "Six to Eight Black Men" provides a notable exception, the narration duties fall to a rotating cast of veteran readers. Some standout performances include Barbara Caruso's rendition of Grace Paley's "The Loudest Voice," Jeff Woodman's presentation of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" and Saidah Arrika Ekulona's brief but riveting selection from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlby Harriet A. Jacobs. Some listeners might have preferred a greater proportion of contemporary recordings from their original sources. Also, some of the letters, telegrams and other correspondences are choppy relative to the overall flow of the collection, and the musical selections sometimes serve as pleasant interludes rather than stand-alone works of expression. However, in an era when Christmas has become a polarized tug-of-war between religious and secular arenas, Kennedy strikes an appealing balance that celebrates diverse perspectives. The enclosed booklet is helpful for tracking down specific material. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover. (Oct.)

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The Plain Dealer - Rochelle O'Gorman
“If your inner Grinch still awaits transformation, look no further than Caroline Kennedy's A Family Christmas, perhaps the best compendium of holiday literature and music to ever cross this audiophile's desk. . . . this is the real deal: classic stories and favorite carols juxtaposed against witty modern essays from writers known for sentiment and not sentimentality.”
— Rochelle O'Gorman, The Plain Dealer
Winston-Salem Journal
“The recording succeeds in its stated aim, which is to enrich your heart and mind with the spirit of Christmas.”
—Winston-Salem Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401322274
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Pages: 333
  • Sales rank: 708,547
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Kennedy
Caroline Kennedy is the editor of the New York Times bestselling A Patriot's Handbook, Profiles in Courage for Our Time, The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Family of Poems, and the co-author of The Right to Privacy and In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Fund for Public Schools in New York City and President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. She lives in NY.
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Table of Contents


We Need a Little Christmas   Jerry Herman     v
Letter to Santa   Caroline Kennedy     xi
Introduction   Caroline Kennedy     xiii
The Gracious Time     1
The Gracious Time (from Hamlet)   William Shakespeare     3
Psalm 8     4
Credo   Edwin Arlington Robinson     5
Letter to Fred Allen   Groucho Marx     6
Relative Pronouns   E. B. White     7
Keeping Christmas   Henry van Dyke     10
White Christmas   Irving Berlin     12
Deck the Halls     13
Deck the Halls$dWelsh Traditional Carol     15
Under the Mistletoe   Countee Cullen     17
Messiah (Christmas Portions)   Mark Doty     19
Little tree   E. E. Cummings     23
The Christmas Tree   Emma Lazarus     25
Christmas Trees: A Christmas Circular Letter   Robert Frost     28
A Christmas Tree   Piri Thomas     31
Christmas Party at the South Danbury Church   Donald Hall     37
The Loudest Voice   Grace Paley     38
Peace and Goodwill to Managers   George Bernard Shaw     45
The Old Scout: The Season of Letter-Perfect Families   Garrison Keillor     47
The Computer's First Christmas Card   Edwin Morgan     50
Lynch v. Donnelly, 465 U.S. 668 (1984)     51
The Holly and the Ivy$dEnglish Traditional Carol     54
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town     57
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town   Haven Gillespie   J. Fred Coots     59
A Visit from St. Nicholas   Clement Clarke Moore     60
Is There a Santa Claus? ("Yes, Virginia")   Francis P. Church     63
Letter to Michelle Rochon   John F. Kennedy     65
Letter from Santa Claus   Mark Twain     66
Santa's Stocking   Katherine Lee Bates     69
Mr. Edwards Meets Santa Claus (from Little House on the Prairie)   Laura Ingalls Wilder     71
A Chaparral Christmas Gift   O. Henry     78
Santa Claus   Sonny Boy Williamson     84
Saint Nicholas   Marianne Moore     86
Saint Nicholas (from The Christmas Encyclopedia)   William D. Crump     88
Six to Eight Black Men   David Sedaris     92
Santaland 2006 (from Santa Guide for the Macy's Santa)     97
Children of the World v. Santa Claus   Andrew J. McClurg     104
The Deadweight Loss of Christmas (from American Economic Review)   Joel Waldfogel     106
NORAD Tracks Santa: www.noradsanta.org     112
Father Christmas Executed   Claude Levi-Strauss     116
Christmas in Hollis: Run-D.M.C.     125
Away in a Manger     127
Away in a Manger   William James Kirkpatrick     129
Isaiah 9: 2-6     130
Luke 2: 1-20     131
Pedida de la Posada: Asking for Lodging     133
The Stable   Gabriela Mistral     136
The Barn   Elizabeth Coatsworth     138
Presepio   Joseph Brodsky     140
The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy   Jane Thayer     142
Christmas Superstitions (from Christmas in the Mountains)   Hubert J. Davis     146
Christmas Eve-Nochebuena   Cesar Vallejo     149
Carol of the Birds-El Cant dels Ocells$dOld Spanish Carol from Catalonia     150
Silent Night   Joseph Mohr   Franz Gruber     153
Joy to the World     155
Joy to the World!   Isaac Watts   G. F. Handel     157
Christmas Sparrow   Billy Collins     158
Christmas Day in the Morning   Pearl S. Buck     160
Christmas Day at Sea   Joseph Conrad     165
Christmas   Vladimir Nabokov     169
A Christmas Memory   Truman Capote     176
Blond   Natasha Trethewey     188
All I Want for Christmas Is You   Mariah Carey   Walter Afanasieff     190
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing-Hail the Heav'n Born Prince of Peace: Christmas in Wartime     193
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing   Charles Wesley   George Whitefield   Martin Madan   Felix Mendelssohn     195
Peace   Henry Vaughan     197
Letter to John Hancock   George Washington     198
Christmas Bells   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow     201
The Christmas Truce, World War I (from The London Times)     203
Letter to Tommy, World War II   Lt. Col. Ralph Noonan     206
Telegram to the U.S. Ambassador, Moscow   W. Averell Harriman     208
A Christmas Sermon on Peace    Martin Luther King, Jr.     209
Christmas E-mails from Iraq   Capt. Trent Weston   Sgt. Mike Mira     216
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)   John Lennon   Yoko Ono     220
We Wish You a Merry Christmas: The Christmas Feast     221
We Wish You a Merry Christmas: Traditional     223
All you that to feasting and mirth are inclined Anonymous English (Medieval)     224
"Amos 'n' Andy" Christmas Show Fails Test of Time (from The New York Times)   Henry Louis Gates, Jr.     225
Christmas in Qatar   Calvin Trillin     230
Christmas Laughter   Nikki Giovanni     232
Penalty for Keeping Christmas     234
Grace Defended   Cotton Mather     235
From Martha Washington's Kitchen     237
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl   Harriet A. Jacobs     240
Christmas in the Olden Time   Sir Walter Scott     244
The Second of the Three Spirits (from A Christmas Carol)   Charles Dickens     246
Salvation Army's Bounty (from The New York Times)     258
Christmas Every Day   William Dean Howells     262
Christmas in the Tenements   Theodore Dreiser      267
Un Poquito de Tu Amor   Sandra Cisneros     273
Here We Come a-Wassailing: Traditional     278
O Come, All Ye Faithful     279
O Come, All Ye Faithful   Frederick Oakeley   William Thomas Brooke   John Francis Wade     281
Matthew 2: 1-12     282
The Oxen   Thomas Hardy     284
A Christmas Carol   Christina Rossetti     285
Carol of the Brown King   Langston Hughes     287
Christmas Morning   Elizabeth Madox Roberts     288
The Gift of the Magi   O. Henry     290
The Real Gifts Parents Can Give to Children   Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy     296
Dreams of a Black Christmas   Gwendolyn Brooks     299
Christmas   St. Augustine     306
The First Nowell: Traditional     308
Winter Wonderland     311
Winter Wonderland   Richard B. Smith   Felix Bernard     313
All's Noel That Ends Noel   Ogden Nash     315
Christ Climbed Down   Lawrence Ferlinghetti     317
Remembrance Is Sufficient   E. B. White     320
For the Time Being   W. H. Auden     322
Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind (from As You Like It)   William Shakespeare     324
Acknowledgments     327
Credits     329
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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    This is a top notch resource for everything Christmas. This is a

    This is a top notch resource for everything Christmas. This is a great book to use in the classroom, with your family,and I use it also in my bookclub. It does triple the duty. This is a gorgeous edition of a book that brings Christmas closer to your heart each and every time you read it.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    A wonderful addition to any library - a treasure!

    "A Family Christmas" by Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg is a real treasure.
    When I ordered it, I never imagined that it would contain so many classic stories and fascinating anecdotes about Christmas. The many stories and facts are put together beautifully, creating a true keepsake.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    A FAMILY CHRISTMAS says it all....

    I happened upon this book at the library... so glad I did!!! This book is terrific... It holds treasures from the past and present that you'll want to pass on to your children and your children's children. So many memories will be cherished in sharing this book at Christmas time... Your Christmas' will never be the same after having this book become a part of your family's Christmas traditions. Great to give as a gift (to family, friends, newly married couples, and new parents) and not just at Christmas time.... A good book to have in your home library with lots of little treasures inside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

    ALL FACT NOT FICTION

    A book of warmth, and pleasure. Let us all not forget the true meaning of integrity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    Get Back Your Christmas Spirit!!!!

    I found this collection charming and before I knew it, I had the Christmas Spirit. Caroline did a wonderful job collecting poems, stories, letters, etc. She even included my favorite and rarely seen 'A Christmas Memory' by Truman Capote. Love It!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2007

    GET THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

    I have loved Caroline's other books and i knew that i could not go wrong getting this one. She has done an excellent job of picking poems, songs and stories of Christmas. Take a break from the stress of Christmas and sink into this wonderful Christmas book.

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