Old Christmas by Washington Irving
Of all the old
festivals, however, that of Christmas awakens the strongest and most
heartfelt associations. There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling
that blends with our conviviality, and lifts the spirit to a state of
hallowed and elevated enjoyment. The services of the church about this
season are extremely tender and inspiring. They dwell on the beautiful
story of the origin of our faith, and the pastoral scenes that
accompanied its announcement. They gradually increase in fervour and
pathos during the season of Advent, until they break forth in full
jubilee on the morning that brought peace and good-will to men. I do not
know a grander effect of music on the moral
feelings than to hear the
full choir and the pealing organ performing a Christmas anthem in a
cathedral, and filling every part of the vast pile with triumphant
harmony.An excerpt from Goodreads
Not my kind of book, the story was okay and could maybe have been interesting but it felt long winded and boring.
The last two Christmas films I saw were:
Discover the secret of the greatest story ever told! A long long time
ago in the frozen North Pole the greatest legend of them all was born.
Little Nicholas is an orphan who is looked after by a different family
every Christmas. To repay their kindness Nicholas spends his days
carving wooden toys which he secretly leaves on their doorstep every
Christmas Eve. Over the years, after so much kindness, almost every home
in the village gets a gift and so the legend of Father Christmas is
born. But one day Nicholas is forced to live with an evil carpenter who
bans him from making toys. Suddenly, the whole tradition of Christmas is
threatened and it will take a miracle to save it.
This film was absolutely wonderful and has made it to the list of films that has to be watched again next year. I would love to find it in Finnish with English subtitles as the version I saw was the dubbed one. As with any good Christmas film I cried more than once.
It's a Wonderful Life.
The best Christmas film ever. Everything goes bad on the day of Christmas Eve but of course everything turns out brilliantly. A must see Christmas film.