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The Christmas Angel

Abbie Farwell Brown

Book Overview: 

Disagreeable old Miss Terry spends her Christmas Eve getting rid of toys from her childhood toy box. One by one she tosses them onto the sidewalk in front of her house, then secretly watches the little scenes that occur, which seem to confirm her belief that true Christmas spirit does not exist. Then the Angel from her childhood Christmas tree appears to show Miss Terry that she has not yet witnessed the final act of each of those little dramas...

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .hing like a chuckle she drew out a soft, pale creature with four wobbly legs.

"The Flanton Dog!" she said. "Well, I vow! I had forgotten all about him. It was Tom who coined the name for him because he was made of Canton flannel."

She stood the thing up on the table as well as his weak legs would allow, and inspected him critically. He certainly was a forlorn specimen. One of the black beads which had served him for eyes was gone. His ears, which had originally stood up saucily on his head, now drooped in limp dejection. One of them was a mere shapeless rag hanging by a thread. He was dirty and discolored, and his tail was gone. But still he smiled with his red-thread mouth and seemed trying to make the best of things.

"What a nightmare!" said Miss Terry contemptuously. "I know there isn't a child in the city who wants such a looking thing. Why, even the Animal Rescue folks would give the boys a 'free shot' a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An American retelling of A Christmas Carol, with an old maid the Scrooge of this story. Although the story was written over a hundred years ago, it could happen today. It's a heartwarming Christmas story, but beyond that, it's a good lesson in why bad things happen to good people. Miss Terry thre...more

The Christmas Angel is a 1910 novel written by Abbie Farwell Brown. And no, I had no idea who Abbie Farwell Brown was before I read this book. More of a story than a book I would say. Brown was an American author from Boston, Massachusetts. Her sister Ethel became an author and illustrator under...more

Reminiscent of A Christmas Carol, this is a lovely story of a disillusioned old woman who rediscovers that the Christmas Spirit can be found in many guises, and can work in many ways for good.

Miss Angelina Terry was a woman with no time for nonsense, which she expansively defined to include everything from forgiveness for her estranged brother to indulging in the joy of the holidays. "Fiddlestick!" was invariably her response. Sorting through a chest containing the toys and holiday de...more

This book was extraordinary. I've recently stumbled upon Joe L. Wheeler. He describes himself as an aficionado of great stories for as long as he can remember. Many years ago he received a letter from a lady looking a list of books to read. She said "I want to use my time wisely, to choose books...more

A very nice Christmas story, from times gone by. I like to find new Christmas stories to read to my daughter every year at Christmas time and this one fit the bill. The ending would never happen, or be allowed to happen, in today's world, but it was still a sweet story with a nice message about t...more

A nice and delightful Christmas story, kind of a retelling of A Christmas Carol

I truly enjoyed this quick, easy holiday read that takes place in a time long gone.

Much like other reviewers' opinions, this has the feel of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", albeit on a much smaller, shorter scale.

An old spinster woman decides she is ridding herself of all things Christmas in an old...more

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