Holiday Reading: Country Christmas by Louisa May Alcott

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.

Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

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.

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11 Responses to Holiday Reading: Country Christmas by Louisa May Alcott

  1. Thank you for dropping by my blog – and thank you for bring a country Christmas to my attention – have just downloaded it to my kindle 🙂

  2. JoAnn says:

    Sounds wonderful! Had no idea she wrote a Christmas book.

  3. Sounds like you sure are having fun with your Kindle! :–)

  4. This sounds like a great story to put you in the Christmas spirit!

  5. kaye says:

    I’ve started the book. I thought the same thing about the description of Aunt Plumy. loved your review. I just finished a great little Christmas story called “Paper Bag Christmas”. I downloaded it onto my kindle (although it was a $10.00 book). I really enjoyed it, one of the best I’ve ever read.

  6. Martha says:

    Ewww, I’m going to head over to the library and check this one out. It sounds like just the thing to keep my Christmas spirit going.

  7. boliyou says:

    I’m looking forward to reading this story. It’s in the public domain, so is available on the web: http://www.online-literature.com/alcott/1975/

  8. Tami says:

    I had never heard of this book but it sounds charming. Thanks for recommending a different kind of Christmas book.

  9. Aunt Plumy does sound very familiar! Sounds like a great Kindle book — I’m having so much fun with mine!

  10. Staci says:

    This one sounds delightful…I love Christmas stories!

  11. I must add this to my bookshelf!

    Margot, do you ‘know’ Susan at “Louisa May Alcott Is My Passion” blog?

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