A Christmas Fable
. Atheneum: Macmillan Publishing Company . NY ,
PZ7.K14245 Ch 1990 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A disappointing attempt, I would say, at a contemporary mythology. A good old country Christmas is interrupted when Old Grimble comes to Grandma's house with a wounded deer and a prophecy: there will be no Christmas, since on this night animals are to be blessed, not hurt. Mama, a herb woman, stayed up with the deer. Christmas did not in fact come. On the third day, all sorts of neighbors show up with gifts of food for the deer. Grimble comes back and compliments Mama. The deer starts to recover. Grimble leaves, and the sky grows brighter for the first time in the three days. The next morning Christmas has arrived. Grimble is near, and the animals are stirring. Sorry, but I think traditional Christian mythology can do much better!