As part of our homeschooling, I used to have my son read a classic Christmas-related work every year. He was fine when we read A Christmas Carol
together several years in a row, because I'm sorry but that never gets old. He liked the Sherlock Holmes story "The Blue Carbuncle." And he giggled at the various parodies I found of "The Night Before Christmas."
However, he started making mutinous noises after he read this story the year before last. And he almost literally threw the book at me after I made him read Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory."
"Why do all Christmas stories have to be DEPRESSING???" he yelled through his tears.
We switched to Christmas movies this year. He's doing all right with that.
This lovely story is just as depressing as ever, as I learned on rereading it over a breakfast of oatmeal and tears. Don't read it if you don't feel like crying.
But do get a giggle if you can out of the elaborate stories I had to come up with to cheer my son up, especially the one about how Della and Jim knock over a 7-11 and buy Jim's watch back with the cash from the register and then celebrate over a Christmas dinner of stolen beef jerky.