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The Classic Christmas Collection

A plot to kidnap Santa Claus; a method of dealing with difficult relatives; a detective thriller and a fairy tale - just a few of the festive treats from this diverse collection of Christmas-set stories. A journey through both the lighter and darker sides of the holiday season.
The Gift of the Magi . . . O. Henry . . . 5 pages
A trigic, ironic Christmas for one hard up couple.
A Kidnapped Santa Claus . . . L. Frank Baum . . . 9 pages
One might think that Santa Claus would have no enemies on all the earth - and for a long time, he didn't ... then the Daemons came along.
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle . . . Arthur Conan Doyle . . . 18 pages
A Christmas mystery for detective Sherlock Holmes beginning with a lost hat and an abandoned goose.
How Santa Claus Came To Simpson's Bar . . . Bret Harte . . . 13 pages
On Christmas Eve in remote settlement cut off by heavy flooding, a group of men pay a visit on a deprived boy.
The Fir Tree . . . Hans Christian Andersen . . . 8 pages
Fairy tale about a little fir tree that wants to grow up.
Markheim . . . Robert Louis Stevenson . . . 15 pages
Markeim arrives at an antique dealer's on Christmas day, ostensibly to buy a present for a lady. A tale of evil and its nature.
Bertie's Christmas Eve . . . Saki . . . 5 pages
Bertie Steffink takes action against his disapproving relatives.
Captain Eli's Best Ear . . . Frank Stockton . . . 21 pages
Two reclusive, retired ship's Captains decide to celebrate Christmas for the first time in years.
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