After the dance was concluded, the whole party was entertained with brawn and beef, and stout home-brewed. The Squire himself mingled among the rustics, and was received with awkward demonstrations of deference and regard.-from "Christmas Day"Warmly convivial and delightfully festival, this charming and long forgotten holiday classic, by one of American literature's most beloved writers, was inspired, in part, by Dickens' A Christmas Carol and other celebrations of oldtime Yule. Splendid suppers and rural churches, cheerful dances and hearty spirits imbue this short novel with the magic of the season. This festive work, first published in 1896, deserves to be a holiday tradition alongside Dickens in the celebrations of the winter solstice.American author WASHINGTON IRVING (1783-1859) wrote extensively in the areas of history and historical biography but is best known for his short fiction, including "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle."
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A Once in Lifetime story which explains clearly about traditional English Christmas. It is a fantastic read, and takes you back in time to when ancient traditions were of value to everday folk, bringing together all classes at a special time of year. The settings and characters are superbly described. It makes me sad to think a lot of these old English traditions have vanished to the face of commmercialsm. This story should be made more readliy available... Even a film would be so nice to see.