Final Lines and Authors of Enduring Christmas Stories

~ From The Bridge, December 2018 ~

 At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer her its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allburg

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, . . ., nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

I turned the gas down, I got into bed. I said some words to the close and holy darkness, and then I slept. A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas

 And he brought back the toys! And the food for the feast! And he, HE HIMSELF! The . . . carved the roast beast! How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss

 But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. The Gift of the Magi, O Henry

 But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.” The Night Before Christmas, Clement Moore

 May all your stories endure.

 With bright wishes and gratitude to our readers and supporters from The Bradford Bridge.