Write Anything’s Anything-But-Secret Santa Gift Exchange
Christmas is supposed to be a time of giving. And for a bunch of bibliophiles, what could be a better gift than the gift of books?
So with a budget of $0, it’s time for Write Anything’s Anything-But-Secret Santa Gift Exchange.
It’s not hard at all. You’re going to suggest one classic (i.e., traditional (i.e., old)) Christmas Story, and one new (and there’s no definition for what counts as old, and what’s new). The only rules are:
- Recommendations must be in print (as much as we all love Snoopy, no Peanut’s Christmas here).
- They should be something that aren’t holiday givens. I don’t care how wonderful Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is, we’ve all either read it or are aware of it, and have avoided it.
Be generous…play as often as you want, but only one of each per comment.
Oh.. and I guess there is a third rule…No Re-Gifting!
I’ll gift first…
Old: The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry. Most people have never read this story, though once you do, you’ll realize that you’ve seen at least a dozen adaptations. The original beats out all the impersonators in that it manages to be poignant, without the violins kicking in too loudly. With the commercial monstrosity that Christmas has become, along with the current financial downturn, this story is particularly apropos. It’s in the public domain, so you can find it online for free.
New: Miracle, by Connie Willis. This story (which might be a novella depending on how strict your definitions are) is part of the Miracle and Other Christmas Tales story collection. While the tale is satirical, with a fair amount of slapstick thrown in, and you can see the ending coming a mile away, the journey is what makes this one fun. It pokes fun at the frenzied pace of the modern Christmas and the ubiquity of a certain Christmas movie. There are seven additional tales that range from the devout to the bizarre, and I’m not even sure Miracle is the best, but I think it’s a good suggestion for most readers.