Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Harper Lee Christmas story for writers

Happy Holidays, 49 Writers friends! This is a re-run from Dec. 23 of last year -- the most appropriate Christmas greeting I could think of. Please feel free to share your holiday greetings with others in the comments.

Original post:

A few months ago, I was looking up some detail about Harper Lee's life when I stumbled across a link to a short essay she wrote about a particularly touching Christmas gift she received from her closest friends, a couple living in Manhattan.

In our family we celebrate Chanukah, which just ended, and I'm not usually the type to look for holiday-specific items to post, but this story moved me -- and I think it would move any writer imagining the best possible gift one could receive at this or any time of the year.

The author of To Kill a Mockingbird published this piece, "Christmas to Me," in McCalls Magazine in 1961.

Rather than ruin the story for you by publishing just a paragraph or two, or risk infringing on someone's copyright, I send you to one of the few places I could find that has the entire (very short) essay online, here...

5 comments:

Marybeth said...

brilliant, Andromeda, thanks.

Deb Vanasse said...

Lovely!

Pam said...

What a moving story. Thank you for the link!

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Beautiful, made me cry the second time too!
And happy holidays to everyone in the 49 Writers family. I have enjoyed the blog and the events I've been to, and this group has become an important part of my writing life. Best wishes for 2011.

Bill of Wasilla said...

What a gift - not just to Harper Lee but to the world.