Posted by: HAT | December 25, 2014

A Christmas Gesture

pen and ink drawing of a woman and man with two children dressed in 19th century clothes asleep on a stone bench

Gustave Doré, famous Bible illustrator, captures a couple and two children sleeping on a London bridge in 1871 – whether or not it is Christmas is unknown

Hi, Gang!

Here is a Christmas present of sorts:

A link to the online text of “Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor,” by John Cheever, first published in the New Yorker in 1949.

Let’s notice the irony in the title. (1) Every season is a sad season for the poor, when you come to think about it. But Christmas is a popular time to think about it. (2) Christmas ought to be “good news for the poor.” (Remember the shepherds and the angels.) What that has come to mean in modernity, and whether that is entirely adequate to the original concept of that good news, may be the point of the story, really.

Happy reading, Merry Christmas, and may we all bless the poor … earlier rather than later.


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