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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

This was a sweet, nostalgic story, but some scriptures were misapplied so that took away from my enjoyment. Anyway, I loved the many characters.

I did get to the end, and I liked the sweet idea for this story, but it was too short, and the conclusion too abrupt to truly enjoy it.

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

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

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