Holidays readings

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Nothing gets us in the festive spirit more readily than reading classic stories and poems about this magical time of year. Below you'll find holiday readings collected from CBC's As It Happens and pulled from our digital archives.

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fireside_al_homebr.jpgIn 1974, Al Maitland joined As It Happens. In his "Fireside Al" segments, he read short stories including Christmas classics. In the clip below, the late, great Maitland shares a few lines from English-Canadian author Stephen Leacock's Hoodoo McFiggin's Christmas.

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margaret-laurence-120.jpgThat glorious song of old. We revisit Christmases of days gone by in Margaret Laurence's (pictured left) short story, Upon a Midnight Clear. Read by Donna White.

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alistairmacleod-120.jpgIn To Every Thing There Is a Season, Alistair MacLeod's Christmas short story, a man reflects back on his childhood memories of growing up on a farm on the west coast of Cape Breton. Read by Les Carlson.

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From the Morningside archives:

charles-dickens-cricket-120.jpgShelagh Rogers, then an arts contributor and frequent guest host on Morningside, reads from the classic Charles Dickens story The Cricket on the Hearth in 1995.

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christmas-carol-120.jpgAnd what Christmas would be complete without a few lines from Dickens's A Christmas Carol? Bill Richardson read an excerpt from the iconic children's book in 1995.

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Poetry and other readings:

Poet Bliss Carman captures the magic of Christmas from a young boy's point of view in his classic poem The Ships of Yule. It's read by actor Paul Soles .

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Catharine Parr Traill wrote about life as a settler in 19th-century Canada in her book The Backwoods of Canada. In this excerpt, read by actor Kristina Nicoll, she shares some of the joys of the winter (and holiday) season.

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It's long been a tradition to send holiday greetings to friends and family. The Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson offers his warm wishes for the season in this letter to a dear friend. It's read by actor David McIlwraith.

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