A first rate book for family reading, with stories, many by authors of adult books, gauged to age interest of considerable elasticity. There are no routine patterned Christmas stories; they all have vigor, originality, good plots -- and, in several instances, unusual backgrounds. I liked them. The list of authors includes Hildegarde Hawthorne, Carolyn Bailey, Emma Brook, Mabel Robinson, Angela Thirkell, etc. A nice piece of book making.