Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ten vintage books on Christmas

A few vintage book covers on Xmas for Friday’s Forgotten Books at Patti Abbott’s blog Pattinase.

From Christmas Roses
Christmas is one of the quietest and most peaceful religious festivals or holidays in India. Most other festivals are loud and noisy, killing the spirit and sanctity of the occasion. In keeping with the tranquility of Christmas, my favourite time of the year, I am going to say very little in this post. Instead, I am going to leave you with 10 mostly forgotten, mostly illustrated, books and novellas that will delight both kids and grownups with their stories on and about Yuletide. All the books are by women authors. I haven’t read any of them but if you’d like to then you will find them at ManyBooks, Project Gutenberg and Archive.

Merry Christmas to you all! Be well, be happy!!

Christmas Roses by Lizzie Lawson and Robert Elice Mack, 1886

A Christmas Posy by Mary Louisa Molesworth, or Mrs Molesworth, 1888

Christmas with Grandma Elsie by Martha Finley, 1888

A Versailles Christmas-Tide by Mary Stuart Boyd, 1901

The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation by Annie Fellows Johnston, 1905

On Christmas Day in the Morning by Grace S. Richmond, 1905 

The Christmas Angel by Abbie Farwell Brown, 1910

The Upas Tree: A Christmas Story for all the Year
by Florence L. Barclay, 1912

The Romance of a Christmas Card by Kate Douglas Wiggin, 1916

Christmas Holidays at Merryvale by Alice Hale Burnett, 1916

Last year, on December 22, I celebrated Christmas with Comics.


  1. I know most of these authors, most of whom were children's writers. Wiggin and Finley I recognize. Mrs. Molesworth I know very well as she wrote several chilling ghost stories found in four different story collections. But I've never heard of any of these Christmas books. Clearly forgotten Christmas treasures. Thanks for posting the photos.

  2. Another one for your collection is a story about a 4th wise man who arrived late
    The story of the other wise man by Henry Van Dyke this is also on project Gutenberg. Enjoy.

  3. What an absolutely marvellous collection of christmassy reads. Making a note of a couple of them - even after the season these will be amazing reads.

  4. There is something remarkably seductive about the Victorian tradition of Christmas Prashant - thanks for all the lovely illustrations. Hope you all have a lovely Christmas.

  5. A lovely post. And such lovely books as well. Just beautiful. I wish Christmas was a little more peaceful over here.

  6. Lovely covers. Thanks, Prashant. I would prefer a more tranquil, contemplative holiday myself. Here it's high-level mania for a month or more. I should have been a monk.