William Dean Howells

Christmas Every Day

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Christmas Every Day was published in William Dean Howells' collection, Christmas Every Day and Other Stories Told for Children (1892).
In Howells' short story 'Christmas Every Day', a little girl asks her father to tell her a story. The father begins, significantly, with one about a little pig, and the child stops him: 'she had heard little pig-stories till she was perfectly sick of them.' She wants a story about Christmas, and he offers to tell one about a Christmas so magnificent that it occurs every day. The child is enthralled; what a magnificent concept! When the father begins again, however, he slips and says, 'Very well, then, this little pig...' The little girl will scarcely let him get away with that, and he excuses his mistake by saying 'I should like to know what's the difference between a little pig and a little girl that wanted it Christmas every day!'
The Christmas stories of the famous authors: Gilbert Keith Chesterton - A Christmas Carol, Lucy Maud Montgomery - A Christmas Inspiration, A Christmas Mistake, Christmas at Red Butte, Lyman Frank Baum -A Kidnapped Santa Claus, Mark Twain - A Letter from Santa Claus, Louisa May Alcott - A Merry Christmas, Leo Tolstoy - A Russian Christmas Party, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Christmas Bells, Nikolai Gogol - Christmas Eve, William Dean Howells - Christmas Everyday, Joseph Rudyard Kipling - Christmas in India, Lyman Frank Baum - Little Bun Rabbit, Elizabeth Harrison - Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe, John Milton - On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity, Charles Dickens - The Chimes, Nathaniel Hawthorne -The Christmas Banquet, Hans Christian Andersen - The Fir Tree, Selma Lagerlöf - The Holy Night, Hans Christian Andersen - The Little Match Girl, Clement Moore - The Night Before Christmas, Henry van Dyke - The Other Wise Man, William Dean Howells - The Pony Engine and the Pacific Express, Beatrix Potter - The Tailor of Gloucester, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - The Three Kings, Anton Chehov - Vanka.
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