Christmas Magic 1959

Christmas Magic 1959

by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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Have you ever wondered what a writer’s early years were like and how it affected their future writing and the stories they would tell later in their lives? Have you ever wondered what their childhood Christmases, their early holidays, were like? Well, wonder no longer. This story is about one of my most cherished childhood Christmases…in 1959 when I was nine years old. After my beloved musician/singer/songwriter brother Jim passed away in 2015 from cancer I felt an intense need to write this short story about that special Christmas Eve I shared with him, my other siblings, mother, father and grandparents, and put it out there for everyone to read as a tribute to him and my family. This is my story, part of my childhood, and some of my fondest memories. Note: in the late 1970’s I did a series of illustrated (by me, because I’m an artist, too) short stories for my local newspaper and I’ve used one of my old drawings from 1978 for the first page of this short story.

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BN ID: 2940153538624
Publisher: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Publication date: 11/04/2016
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 16,198
File size: 486 KB

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Christmas Magic 1959 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is so much love in this story that makes the reader love it!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite Christmas Magic 1959 by Kathryn Meyer Griffith tells the story of the Christmas of 1959 when the author was a young girl, just nine years old. She recalls the sights, sounds and smells of everything on that special day with her grandparents, mother and father, and six brothers and sisters. From the promise of snow to the smell of the Christmas tree and the twinkling illuminations on the houses, to the exquisite meal cooked by her grandmother, Christmas 1959 was a time to remember and cherish. She and her brother, Jim, had learned a special song for everyone and although times were hard, and treats were rare, it all combined to make wonderful memories. The author, Kathryn Meyer Griffith, has written this reminiscence from the heart and the way she evoked the era, the warmth of the coal fire, the love of her family, and the excitement and anticipation of Christmas is reflected in this short story. It is a piece of work that would really fit well in a magazine for the older reader, those who are retired and treasure memories of the past. Particularly, perhaps those who are frail and elderly and struggle to relate to present day festivities. Contrastingly, this would also work as a children’s story, perhaps illustrated to show children the magic of Christmases past. Either way, a reflective and contemplative story with a feel-good factor thrown in. It might work better in the first person, but as written still conveys the happy memories of a young girl about to embark on life’s journey.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I’ve read many of Kathryn’s books. She writes horror, thrillers, and suspense, often adding a paranormal or supernatural element to them. This book is quite different. There’s no horror. No evil beings stalking the characters. It’s a true story of Kathryn’s life as a young girl and a special Christmas. The title intrigued me. And the cover enchanted me. It looks just like our back yard where I grew up. Christmas was a magical time for me too. Kathryn leaves nothing out in her telling of life as a young girl. I come from a large family too, and while our circumstances were better that Kathryn’s, I related to so much from her life. Back then there weren’t computer’s and video games. You found your own way to entertain yourself. And, being a large family, you had to give and take in order to get along. This was a step into the past for me. Memories sprang forth, so vivid and emotional. Many were bittersweet. Some so wonderful I teared up. This is a beautiful story and one you should add to your Christmas reading list. Perhaps you’ll step into the past and long forgotten memories of a special Christmas will come forth.