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The Romance of a Christmas Card

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Book Overview: 

The story of the mission of two Christmas cards written by a minister’s wife. These cards find their way to two straying sheep from the village fold, who hear through the message in the words, and the little scenes on the cards, the compelling voice of home. There was inspiration and good cheer in the cards, and from them came, in one case reformation, in the other romance.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Christ Child as he walks through the dark streets on the Eve of Mary."

"Yes, I thought of that," said Letty, flushing a little. "I put the candle there first so that the house shouldn't be all dark when the Pophams went by to choir-meeting, and just then I—I remembered, and was glad I did it!"

"These are my verses, Letty." And Reba's voice was soft as she turned her face away and looked at the flames mounting upward in the chimney:—

My door is on the latch to-night,
The hearth fire is aglow.
I seem to hear swift passing feet,—
The Christ Child in the snow.
My heart is open wide to-night
For stranger, kith or kin.
I would not bar a single door
Where Love might enter in!


There was a moment's silence and Letty broke it. "It means the sort of love the Christ Child brings, with peace and good-will in it. I'm glad to be a part of that card, Reba, so long as nob. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The Romance of a Christmas Card is a quick, sweet holiday read that makes it hard for the reader not to feel festive and appreciative for all the gifts in their life. Taking the reader to a tiny village in New Hampshire sometime in the early 1900s, this story is one of forgiveness, redemption and a

3.5 stars & 4/10 hearts. This story is already pretty nostalgic to me, for I’ve read it a couple of times and usually around Christmas, I guess! It’s quaint and very beautiful and humorous in parts, though I do not agree with everything. :)

A Favourite Quote: “‘There is always so little spare money i

4.5 stars rounded up.
A delightful old fashioned story of the Providence of God and love, from the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. A great story for Christmas time.

My door is on the latch tonight
The hearth fire is aglow
I seem to hear swift passing feet
The Christ child in the snow.

My heart is op

Sweet story that has a classic feel to it. I reaally wanted more to the ending though instead of just eluding to what happened. But otherwise a quick endearing Christmas read.

This was such a sweet and delightful story! I loved the small town feel, the nosy, gossipy neighbors who think everything that happens is there business, the pastor's wife, and Letty. And Dick and David, though I had to think to remember which was the pastor's son, and which was not, pulled at my he

Reba Larrabee, the wife of the Rev. Larrabee, minister of the Conregational church in Beulah, New Hampshire, effects a heartwarming reconciliation between the generations in this charming Christmas tale, bringing two prodigal sons home to the village through her Christmas cards. The Rev. Larrabee's

A sweet story of forgiveness at Christmas which all started with a Christmas card.
I enjoyed seeing some of the characters from the movie, "Summer Magic."

2018 A book of my choice

I came across this 1916 Christmas-themed novella while on the search for online short stories about Christmas and the holidays, for the Retro Reads December group read.

Highly recommended if you like sentimental, nostalgic stories about bygone days, but it has a few fun sprinkles of spice along with

In Beulah, New Hampshire, one Christmas Eve, Reba Larabee, the minister's wife, is struck with inspiration seeing her friend Letty sitting by an open window keeping watch over her twin nephews. Reba intends to draw a picture of Letty's quaint sitting room and sell it to a greeting card company. Lett

This was a great story about a minister's wife who made two Christmas cards that brought her son and her friend's brother home for Christmas in this great tale of forgiveness.

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