The First Christmas Tree and Other Stories

The First Christmas Tree and Other Stories

by Henry Van Dyke
     
 

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For over one hundred years, the writings of Henry Van Dyke have been lovingly passed down from generation to generation. His Christmas stories, especially, are as resonant today as when the Presbyterian minister first read them to his New York City congregation in the late 1890s. In this volume of Christmas stories and prayers, we read of courage, generosity, and

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For over one hundred years, the writings of Henry Van Dyke have been lovingly passed down from generation to generation. His Christmas stories, especially, are as resonant today as when the Presbyterian minister first read them to his New York City congregation in the late 1890s. In this volume of Christmas stories and prayers, we read of courage, generosity, and the triumph of light over darkness, from “The First Christmas Tree,” a magical tale of the Thunder Oak and the false god Thor, to the lyrical story of “The Christmas Angel in the Country beyond the Stars.”

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Publishers Weekly
Van Dyke's most famous Christmas story, "The Story of the Other Wise Man," is beloved of generations of readers, and this volume offers two more holiday stories from the 19th-century Presbyterian minister. The opening yarn, "The First Christmas Tree," is the better of the two, portraying in dark detail an eighth-century struggle between foresters who are clinging to the old gods and solstice festivals, and a heroic Christian who journeys far to teach them about the celebration of birth of Christ. Van Dyke's descriptions can be startling and memorable, as when he depicts "the eerie woodland, somber and limitless" that the party must pass through, or the oaks' "branches twisted and knotted as if in rage." The second story is more didactic, centering around a group of angels who sermonize to one another about what should be done about the troubles of the world. The small gift book format, woodcut illustrations and two-color design will appeal to holiday gift-givers. (Sept. 1) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557253156
Publisher:
Paraclete Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Pages:
91
Product dimensions:
4.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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