In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.
"I was just reading about this in my news paper"
"Dear Santa, what I really want for Christmas is a mom...." In the close-knit community of Friday Harbor, secrets don’t last long. So when the local radio station reads Dear Santa letters on the airwaves, everyone knows this heartwrenching letter was written by Zarchary Nolan’s adorable young daughter Halle. Zachary has been a widower for two years, and his family and friends have decided it’s time for him to start dating. But will all their matchmaking efforts help to make Halle’s Christmas wish come true?
"Synopsis is TOTALLY off, but the story is cute."
A family secret might destroy a couple's hope for marriage.Elizabeth Canning discovers an awful secret in her estranged aunt’s diary. Believing her chances for a happy marriage are spoiled, she leaves her fiancé a letter and flees town. In hopes that distance will heal her broken heart, she takes refuge in her grandparents’ Pennsylvania home.Anticipating a Christmas Eve wedding with Elizabeth, David Stinner is confused by her letter and desperate to find her. Can David root out the truth? FInd out.
It’s the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow. And they don’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice....
A young boy and his abuelo push aside their Christmas preparation to rescue a beautiful cardinal during a blizzard. The bird quickly responds to their kindness, regains its strength, and flies off. The cardinal sweetly and unexpectedly rewards the boy, his grandfather, and their entire village with a lifetime of Christmas cheer.
Our Wagon Train's One Special Christmas Eve Along The Oregon Trail is a beautiful story about a young woman traveling west on a wagon train. She looks after the children and others before she does herself, but always tries to write in her journal. It’s her way of talking to God. During the trip they all have to contend with one bad apple, the weather setting in, and the splitting up of the wagon train because of a child's injuries and need for rest.
"Wonderful example of unwavering faith!"
Saki was the pen name of Hector Hugh Munro (December 18, 1870 - November 13, 1916), a British writer, whose witty and sometimes macabre stories satirized Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. His tales feature delicately drawn characters and finely judged narratives.
Tess McAlister truly believes in magic and is convinced that this is the year she will finally meet Santa Claus. Tess has many Christmas wishes, but her most fervent is not for herself, but for a friend. Her faith in the season results in a Christmas Eve so wondrous, so sparkling, that listeners won't be able to help but feel transformed.
Hear two stories by the great Russian master Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852). "Christmas Eve" is a funny, biting satire of small-town life. "Viy" is a horror story involving three students from a seminary and their encounters with the supernatural.
It is winter in Dikanka, Ukraine, a witch flying across the night sky and the devil stealing the moon and hiding it in his pocket, first playing with it in the sky, which no one in the village notices. Since it is the night before Christmas, the devil is free to roam around and torment people as he pleases, so he decides to find a way to get back at the village blacksmith, Vakula, because he paints hideous portraits of him in the church.
The Christmas holidays arrive on Bessie's magical mountain. Little did Bessie know that today, when the 10-o'clock train rolls to a stop at the summit of the snow-covered mountain, Matthew, a handsome stranger, will climb down from the coach car and enter her world.
Tradition is just another ritual, and rituals are written to be remembered. Be careful which rituals you practice, my friend, for they call out to things well hidden...to horrors best left unknown.
It's the day before Christmas Eve in Hedgerow Village and Santa needs help! Lots of his elves have very bad colds, who is going to wrap all the children's presents for him?
A heart-warming charmer featuring a young child and his one great Christmas wish.
This collection contains 12 of the greatest Christmas radio shows ever broadcast during the golden age of radio!
Eve McIntyre is a young successful business woman yearning for that special someone to fill the void in her life. But, her fear of commitment prevents her from living the life she so desperately seeks. Adam Winters is an rich, powerful, and sexy entrepreneur. The kind of man women would kill to have. But, Adam comes with baggage. A horrifying experience has turned him off to women for years.
Tis the season for chaos. It's the night before Christmas, and Hank the Cowdog, head of ranch security, is looking forward to a long winter's nap when duty calls him to accompany Slim into town for a last-minute shopping spree. Along the way, Hank and the gang are struck not only by the meaning of Christmas but also by a 25-pound buzzard who crashes through their windshield.
"Makes me laugh everytime."
Inspired by the Celtic legend and the spirit of the imagination, Christmas in Camelot is Mary Pope Osborne's gift to young listeners everywhere. It begins with a simple invitation to spend Christmas Eve in Camelot, a magical place that exists only in myth and fantasy. What Jack and Annie don't know is that the invitation will send them on a quest to save Camelot itself, not from destruction, but from being forgotten forever.
"One of the best ever books"
It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, followed by a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed. But when Hercule Poirot, who is staying in the village with a friend for Christmas, offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man.
A rather unattractive itinerant flute-player and music copyist is sent away on Christmas Eve - causing a family to feel uncomfortably guilty. Lagerlof was a Swedish novelist, who in 1909 became the first woman writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Her work is deeply rooted in Nordic legends and history.