One of my favorite and often-visited websites is that of the Project Gutenberg. There are over 20,000 free books (electronic texts) in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog, a bibliophile’s dream! It’s been a great source of reading material for my very cool SONY Reader.
The good folks at Project Gutenberg have a nice collection of recommended Advent and Christmas readings. Most of these are short enough for a daily reading in addition to your daily lectionary readings.
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Here are the titles on their Advent Calendar reading list, I’m sure you’ll recognize some of them:
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
- The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke
- Old Christmas From the Sketch Book of Washington Irving by Washington Irving
- Christmas Tales and Christmas Verse by Eugene Field
- The Spirit of Christmas by Henry Van Dyke
- A Christmas Garland by Sir Max Beerbohm
- The Feast of St. Friend by Arnold Bennett
- Lill’s Travels in Santa Claus Land by Farman and Pratt and Towne
- The Romance of a Christmas Card by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
- A Defective Santa Claus by James Whitcomb Riley
- Christmas in Legend and Story by Elva S. Smith
- A Christmas Sermon by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Christmas Books of Mr. M.A. Titmarsh by William Makepeace Thackeray
- Yule-Tide in Many Lands by Mary Poague Pringle and Clara A. Urann
- The Thin Santa Claus by Ellis Parker Butler
- Christmas Sunshine by Various
- Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
- In the Yule-Log Glow, Book I
- A Napa Christchild; and Benicia’s Letters by Charles A. Gunnison
- A Reversible Santa Claus by Meredith Nicholson
- Colonel Crockett’s Co-operative Christmas by Rupert Hughes
- A Visit From Saint Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore
- Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.
In addition to those titles on their Advent Calender they offer a “Christmas Bookshelf” that contains downloadable short stories, short illustration Christmas books, novels, poetry, children’s books, plays, non-fiction, and music. Did I mention these are FREE? Project Gutenberg depends on volunteers and donations to provide this great resource, so donations are welcomed. Instructions for making donations are on their website.
Date posted: Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 12:59 am | Under category: books, children, liturgical seasons
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