Title: A Country Christmas
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Genre: Holiday, Classic
My Rating: ★ ★ ★
Goodreads Summary:Louisa May Alcott's short romance is about two city debs who go to spend Christmas with their country cousins in Vermont.
"Saul doesn't live in a glass house, so stones won't hurt him. Remember sarcasm is forbidden and sincerity the order of the day. You are country folks now, and it will do you good to try their simple, honest ways for a few days."
A Country Christmas is a short, but very comforting tale.
Sophie has gone up to help her Aunt Plumy, while there though she decides to invite her city friends Randal and Emily. She wants to show them a true country Christmas and the simpler things in life. She successfully does with the help of Saul, aunt Plumy and Ruth.
I loved how Sophie made them have a true experience and really showed them the simpler things in life and how things didn't always need to be extremely fancy and overdone all the time. That sometimes we all just need to take a step back and remember what is truly important, and what is done just for show.
Some of my favorite quotes that aunt Plumy said:
"hunt up some homely, happy folks to write about; folks that don't borrer trouble and go lookin' for holes in their neighbors' coats, but take their lives brave and cheerful; and rememberin' we are all human, have pity on the weak, and try to be as full of mercy, patience and lovin' kindness as Him who made us. That sort of a book would do a heap of good; be real warmin' and strengthening and make them that read it love the man that wrote it, and remember him when he was dead and gone."
"Pears to me it ain't wise to be always pickin' ourselves to pieces and pryin' into things that ought to come gradual by way of experience and the visitations of Providence. Flowers won't blow worth a cent ef you pull 'em open. Better wait and see what they can do alone. I do relish the smart sayins, the odd ways of furrin parts, and the sarcastic slaps at folkses weak spots. But massy knows, we can't live on spice-cake and Charlotte Ruche, and I do feel as if books was more sustainin' ef they was full of every-day people and things, like good bread and butter. Them that goes to the heart and ain't soon forgotten is the kind I hanker for. Mis Terry's books now, and Mis Stowe's, and Dickens's Christmas pieces,--them is real sweet and cheerin', to my mind."
"Our winter is long and evenins would be kinder lonesome if we didn't have novils and newspapers to cheer 'em up."
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