The words "Christmas pageant" will either fill with a nostalgic glow or make you break out into a cold sweat. Donald Davis knows that the holidays you remember aren't the ones where everything goes as expected; instead, you remember the ones that bring an element of surpriseif not outright disaster. The Davis household had its fair share of these incidents, including: the time the bear stole the family's Christmas dinner; the time the boys' Christmas gifts got "repossessed;" the time Joe-brother was cured once and for all of opening his presents early; the time Donald and his friend Larry Leatherwood laid a trap for their little brothers... and snagged some unfriendly wild game instead. The arc that these stories create follow a family in rural Appalachia from the horse-and-wagon days through the family's first car, new "modern" house with its gas stove, and first televisionand reflects the revolving ways extended and immediate families observe, embrace, and celebrate the holidays. These humorous Yule tales will put readers in the holiday spirit as well as teach them about the importance of fairness, resourcefulness, and respect.
About the Author
Donald Davis Bio: Donald Davis was raised in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. He didn't realize it at the time, but he grew up in a family of gifted storytellers who passed their talent along to Donald. His legendary Uncle Frank was a front-porch storyteller of the first order and the source of many of Donald’s tales. Young Davis was a capable student. He went to college and then to divinity school. For twenty years he served the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Then came a day when he found that he would rather tell Uncle Frank's tall tales than give another sermon. He would rather recall two old-maid sisters who abused the party line than marry one more couple. Fortunately, Davis had no trouble finding audiences: all of his former congregations lined up to book him to perform as a storyteller. He now tours the USA ten months a year, making about 300 storytelling presentations annually. He can be found in schools, at libraries, in front of conventions, and as a headliner at storytelling festivals. Davis has appeared on ABC News Nightline, and he has been a guest on National Public Radio and CNN. His books and spoken word recordings have received critical acclaim and won many awards. Davis has written ten books and recorded twenty audio recordings with August House. When Donald isn’t crisscrossing the country performing his stories, he comes home to Ocracoke Island, North Carolina where he lives with his wife, Merle.