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Monday, December 25, 2017

Reader's Diary #1694- Mary E. Wilkins Freeman: A Stolen Christmas

There's a classic sort of vibe to Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's "A Stolen Christmas": the sentimental, moralistic, inner-turmoil kind of tale often attributed to folks like Charles Dickens or O. Henry. But there's a certain charm in that, like an old tacky Christmas ornament that finds its way onto your tree every year.

The moral in this particular tale is about materialism and envy; apparently as relevant to Christmas in the 1800s as it is today. In this case, a poor mother finally succumbs to the pressure and steals, which she soon comes to regret. She's not an entirely unsympathetic character, however. And of course, being the cliched kind of story it is, there's also a bit of a twist at the end.

Merry Christmas!

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