A fresh approach to a field that one would have thought had been completely explored- the literature on Christmas. But careful consideration of the inclusions bears out the editor's claim- that here is a cross section of stories from world literature, not just literature of the English speaking world-with a few notable exceptions. While the United States still contributes the largest number, the stories have been selected from the literature of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia. There are stories in religious vein, stories with a mystical quality, stories with folk flavor, stories of regional value; there are stories drawn from writings of years back and writings of our time. The quality of writing- of inspiration- of story telling- is extraordinarily high.