I usually read one or two Christmas books but this year I’m on a roll to read as many books as I can. Although Louisa May Alcott was my favorite author as a child, I did not discover this little Christmas book until this year. I was hoping it would shed light on how Christmas was celebrated over one hundred years ago.
Ms. Alcott’s protaganist in this story is Sophie. She lives in a big city with her guardian, but she’s feeling the pressure to make a decision about marriage. She needs some time to get away and think. She decides to travel to Vermont and visit Aunt Plumy and Aunt Plumy’s two grown children, Saul and Ruth. They live on a modest farm and life is much slower there.
Sophie asks permission and is allowed to invite two city friends to come up and visit for Christmas. Sophie wants to show them “a real old-fashioned frolic” as it’s done in the country.
At first, Sophie’s city friends look down on the country folk, but the country folk soon win them over with their honest look at people and life. The country hosts were able to show the city guests what a frolic is as well as the advantages of country living.
This is a short, simple story done in Louisa May Alcott’s classic children’s book style. It won’t surprise you to know that I liked it. Let me give you one little tease of a sentence, one little sample of Ms. Alcott’s writing. Here we have a description of Aunt Plumy:
[She’s] a jolly old soul, with a face as ruddy as a winter apple, a cheery voice, and the kindest hearty that ever beat under a gingham gown.
Except for the gingham dress, she could be describing Santa. For me this was the right choice for Book #! in The Christmas Spirit Challenge – a sweet, comfortable story.
I downloaded Country Christmasto my Kindle. ($3.60) Otherwise, I suggest checking with your library. It may be part of a short story collection.