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Christmas to Me by Harper Lee

December 8, 2007

I stumbled across this gem last Christmas while surfing the net.  The reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird wrote a brief, but powerfully touching essay entitled “Christmas to Me” published in McCalls Magazine in 1961.

I had intended to post a link here so that my readers could also enjoy it but, to my dismay, it is no where to be found (for free, anyway).

I am able to link you to An Overview of Harper Lee’s Life, which provides valuable background to fully enjoying the essay.  But, without the essay, I’m afraid the background will only be enjoyed by those who simply would like to know more about Harper Lee.

If you’re interested, there are a few copies of this McCalls issue for sale on eBay, or the essay itself can be purchased at a couple of other sites.  Lucky for me, I copied and pasted it into a Word document last year; but due to concerns that I would violate copyright laws if I posted the text here, I’m afraid I will have to enjoy Lee’s essay in solitary isolation.

I don’t want to ruin the story, so suffice it to say that Harper Lee recalls the remarkable story of a very special Christmas marked by the generous deed of friends who were motivated by the spirit of Christmas.  Lee’s description of Christmas memories highlights the uniqueness of Christmas, and the love and good will it creates each year.

[Edit November 20, 2008: I actually found a site where you can read this Harper Lee article online and there appears to be no copyright restriction.  Therefore, I am happy to announce that I have added a file sharing widget at the bottom of the sidebar to your left.  Now all my readers will be able to enjoy this beautifully written story by one of America’s greatest writers.  You’ll see that without Christmas, there would be no To Kill a Mockingbird.  I’ve formatted it to print in booklet form, but you can simply change it to normal in File>Page Setup.  Merry Christmas!]