THE CHRISTMAS NUMBER
REAL Christmas cheer, entertainment, and fun will radiate
from the 112 pages of the December ST. NICHOLAS, and from
its glowing and appealing cover-brilliant in tone and show-
ing the good Saint himself running down his list of youngsters
to see which one is to be the happy possessor of a lively puppy,
which he holds beneath his arm- to the last line, the number
is full of stories, sketches, verses, and excellent illustrations
which convey the spirit of the season.
Short Stories of Unusual Quality
"The Stocking That Grew" is a Christmas story that Christine W. Par-
menter has written for our girls, embodying a novel and admirable Christ-
mas idea; "The Fir-Tree Cousins" (by Lucretia Clapp), through a quaint
turn of fortune, find the things they 've longed for in Christmas packages,
but have never before received; "The Ward of Seventeen Cowboys," by
Katherine D. Cather, shows how a Christmas tree may be found even in
the desolate tracts of our far West; and "The Christmas Candle," by
R. R. Hillman, is a story of early Colonial days in Pennsylvania, stirring,
too, for the Indians were hostile, and threatened harm, (until they heard
the Christmas carols!) "The Briskin Bree," by Louise Saunders, is a
unique and delightful fanciful story by the same author who gave us
that charming tale, "The Dreadfully Inbetweens," which appeared in the
January, 1919, ST. NICHOLAS.
Christmas Stories in Verse
"The Christmas Hike," is a rollicking and rhythmic verse by Ellen Manly
-a frequent contributor-and the illustrations are by Reginald Birch.
Mr. Birch will be represented also in the Very Little Folk department, for
he has illustrated with great charm the little story, "A Christmas Run-
away." "The Bird and the Seaplane," by Florence Boyce Davis, is a
stirring ballad describing in beautiful and spirited lines the rescue, by a
diminutive flyer, of some aviators in the North Sea.
"St. Nick" in Switzerland
"Christmas Customs in Switzerland" is a profusely pictured sketch of
scenes of the Yuletide season in the cantons of this tiny and picturesque
European republic-illustrated with remarkable photographs of Christmas
gaieties and outdoor fun in the Alpine paradise of winter sports.
These Have the Thrills
If you are looking for exciting stories, read "A Fall for the King." Eric P.
Kelly has caught the spirit and shown the skill of Sienkiewicz in the telling
of this thrilling Polish tale. And the December instalment of "Phantom
Gold" is a swiftly moving, stirring part of this excellent sea story.