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Santa Claus's Partner

Thomas Nelson Page

Book Overview: 

Livingstone has reached a pinnacle in his life. He is finally worth 7 figures, yet his bottom line requires that he cut back on charities this year at Christmas time. Business is business, after all. But success makes him surly and his accomplishment soon feels anti-climatic. Regrets plague him. Can he rediscover the joy of life with the help of Santa Claus’s Partner?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He picked up his hat and said good-night hurriedly. He was evidently glad to get off.

Livingstone returned to his own room; but left the door ajar so that he could see Clark when he returned. When, however, a few moments afterwards Clark appeared Livingstone had cooled down. Why should he expect gratitude? He did not pay Clark for gratitude, but for work, and this the clerk did faithfully. It was an ungrateful world, anyhow.

At that moment there was a light knock at the outer door, and, on Clark's bidding, some one entered.

Livingstone, from where he sat, could see the door reflected in a mirror that hung in his office.

The visitor was a little girl. She was clad in a red jacket, and on her head was a red cap, from under which her hair pushed in a profusion of ringlets. Her cheeks were like apples, and her whole face was glowing from the frosty air. It was just her head that Livingstone saw first, as she poked it in and peeped around.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I really liked this story. It is very much like Dicken's A Christmas Carol but is much sweeter. The wealthy old miser realizes his life is lacking the things that are most important and so decides to change his ways. He takes on the young daughter of his clerk to become Santa Claus's partner and the

It is a short little story, very similar to A Christmas Carol. If you want a little Christmas story to read next year then this one might fit the bill.

This was a quick read published in 1899 and rather similar to Dicken's A Christmas Carol. It is the story of a successful man who gave up family and friends for riches. It was quaintly entertaining!

I picked this up because it was an old book (1899) with a Christmas title - something you don't often find (in marked contrast to modern publications, with Christmas books and stories being a dime a dozen). And it offered much more than a Christmas title.

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Another sweet story for the holiday season, bringing to mind Dicken's A Christmas Carol

Written 56 years after Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this lovely story is actually quite similar. No ghosts, but a change of heart nonetheless. Merry Christmas!

This short story is Dickensonian in the way that a not-so-kind man finds redemption at Christmastime. This made for good reading during a semi-sleepless night.

Mr. Page owes a great deal to Charles Dickens for this "rich man finds Christmas, shares with clerk" story, but so do many others in this genre and that's not why I gave it such a low ranking. What disturbs me in this other-wise delightful holiday story is how exclusively the sign on one's goodness

This book was a delightful read. A short story about the Christmas spirit reaching a not so nice man.


A heart warming story of a man finding his way, with the help of a little girl. The descriptive narrative at the beginning slows the storyline, yet as the story progresses Mr. Livingstone's story draws you in with charm, humility and humor.

Believe in the spirit and magic of Christmas. Enjoy.

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