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The Christmas Collection

Christina Hardyment

Christmas brings out the best and the worst in us, as can be seen in this evocative anthology. Among what Thomas Love Peacock calls the ‘many poetical charms in the heraldings of Christmas’ there are eulogies by saints and diatribes from curmudgeons. Here, Christmas is expounded by divines, sung by rustics, deplored by philosophers and made mystical in stories. This collection includes complete versions of old favourites and new discoveries: a sermon by Lancelot Andrewes, an account of Christmas under the Puritans, a first, poverty-stricken Christmas in turn-of-the-century New York and a Mummers’ play. Adding the final touch is the music: from traditional Christmas carols and Corelli to Benjamin Britten. On this recording, Christmas past brings alive Christmas present.

Christmas brings out the best and the worst in us, as can be seen in this evocative anthology. Among what Thomas Love Peacock calls the ‘many poetical charms in the heraldings of Christmas’ there are eulogies by saints and diatribes from curmudgeons. Here, Christmas is expounded by divines, sung by rustics, deplored by philosophers and made mystical in stories. This collection includes complete versions of old favourites and new discoveries: a sermon by Lancelot Andrewes, an account of Christmas under the Puritans, a first, poverty-stricken Christmas in turn-of-the-century New York and a Mummers’ play. Adding the final touch is the music: from traditional Christmas carols and Corelli to Benjamin Britten. On this recording, Christmas past brings alive Christmas present.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Christmas brings out the best and the worst in us, as can be seen in this evocative anthology. Among what Thomas Love Peacock calls the ‘many poetical charms in the heraldings of Christmas’ there are eulogies by saints and diatribes from curmudgeons. Here, Christmas is expounded by divines, sung by rustics, deplored by philosophers and made mystical in stories. This collection includes complete versions of old favourites and new discoveries: a sermon by Lancelot Andrewes, an account of Christmas under the Puritans, a first, poverty-stricken Christmas in turn-of-the-century New York and a Mummers’ play. Adding the final touch is the music: from traditional Christmas carols and Corelli to Benjamin Britten. On this recording, Christmas past brings alive Christmas present.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Peter Jeffrey, John Moffatt, Susan Engel

Length:

2h 31m


Chapters

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02:35

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

00:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

00:52


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

00:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

10:32


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

00:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

00:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:12