Father Christmas’s Fake Beard

Author: Terry Pratchett

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144819850X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 208

View: 8819


A collection of wonderful Christmas stories from the fantastically funny Terry Pratchett. With incredible illustrations from Mark Beech. Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different? Turkey and carols, presents and crackers - they all start to feel a bit . . . samey. How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store or, was even, arrested for burglary!? Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) - you'll never see Christmas in the same way again. 'Funny, action-packed . . . a rip-roaring read' The Sun

Father Christmas

Author: Judith Arnold

Publisher: Judith Arnold

ISBN: 0985229349

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 2125


Book Two of the Daddy School series, originally published in 1997. Arlington, Connecticut police detective John Russo is responsible to a fault. When his girlfriend got pregnant, he married her. When she walked out on the marriage, he committed himself to raising their son himself. But when his baby-sitter has a family emergency and must fly to California, John’s carefully rigged existence comes crashing down. He needs help, and fast. Molly Saunders co-founded the Daddy School to help men become better fathers. She wants to help John, not just by providing a space for his two-year-old son in her preschool but also by teaching him how to deal with his son’s demands—and teaching him that despite the occasional brutality of his work, he can still be a loving, vulnerable man. When it comes to learning the skills he needs to raise his son well, John is an A student. But Molly’s lessons in love prove much more challenging. Can a man who conceals a gun inside his undercover Santa Claus costume actually be the gentle, sensitive man of Molly’s dreams?

The Secret Feast of Father Christmas

Author: Darryl Pickett

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 149171610X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 848


"He is not Santa Claus, and it isn’t the North Pole. It’s something far more mystical and grand.” On a warm December evening in 1937, thirteen-year-old New Zealander Mannie seeks a kiss from lovely Olivia Murney, and a chance to spend time with his vivacious Aunt Audra. Even the vexing presence of nine-year-old nuisance Clive doesn’t detract from the splendor of the occasion. But after a devastating family loss, Mannie discovers a world he never expected amid the fields and forests. He will soon enter a hidden passage to Very North, a distant palace buried in snow and steeped in mystery. He will meet the wise sorcerer Father Christmas, and his life will be forever changed. This unusual fantasy reveals hitherto unknown secrets about the powerful spell-caster Mother Solstice, the conspiracy of the Forest Abduction Brigade, and the proper incantation for the Seventh Moss Circle. Brave readers will uncover answers once known to just a privileged few. Make your way to the center of the labyrinth, to the surprising truth of Very North, and find joy in the face of despair.

Christmas in Germany

A Cultural History

Author: Joe Perry

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807899410

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 1384


For poets, priests, and politicians--and especially ordinary Germans--in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the image of the loving nuclear family gathered around the Christmas tree symbolized the unity of the nation at large. German Christmas was supposedly organic, a product of the winter solstice rituals of pagan "Teutonic" tribes, the celebration of the birth of Jesus, and the age-old customs that defined German character. Yet, as Joe Perry argues, Germans also used these annual celebrations to contest the deepest values that held the German community together: faith, family, and love, certainly, but also civic responsibility, material prosperity, and national belonging. This richly illustrated volume explores the invention, evolution, and politicization of Germany's favorite national holiday. According to Perry, Christmas played a crucial role in public politics, as revealed in the militarization of "War Christmas" during World War I and World War II, the Nazification of Christmas by the Third Reich, and the political manipulation of Christmas during the Cold War. Perry offers a close analysis of the impact of consumer culture on popular celebration and the conflicts created as religious, commercial, and political authorities sought to control the holiday's meaning. By unpacking the intimate links between domestic celebration, popular piety, consumer desires, and political ideology, Perry concludes that family festivity was central in the making and remaking of public national identities.

Father Knows Best

Author: Judith Arnold

Publisher: Harlequin Books

ISBN: 9780373201921

Category: Fiction

Page: 761

View: 3539


Three fathers find unexpected romance and passion when they attend the Daddy School, in a charming trio of stories that includes Father Found, in which Jamie McCoy, the writer of "Guy Stuff," finds a baby girl on his doorstep and calls the Daddy School's Allison Winslow for advice, as well as Father Christmas and Father of Two. Reprint.

12 Stories of Christmas

Author: Robert J. Morgan

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

ISBN: 0718011961

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 7948


Collects twelve Christmas stories originally written by the author to share with his church congregation and designed to capture the spirit and wonder of Christmas.

On stage for Christmas

a collection of royalty-free one-act Christmas plays for young people

Author: Sylvia E. Kamerman

Publisher: Plays

ISBN: 9780823802265

Category: Drama

Page: 488

View: 797


Thirty-three plays on levels from lower grades through senior high. Production notes included.

Safe Harbor

Author: Robert O. Barclay

Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press

ISBN: 9781931646024

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 3396


The story of a mother and son who have to rebuild their lives after their alcoholic and abusive husband/father dies. The son, at fourteen, is struggling with the idea of girls and sex. The mother, after a lifetime of misery is trying to find happiness. Both need to learn how to love.