Day 20 of Christmas Nightlight Readings: Madeline's Christmas
"In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines, lived twelve
little girls in two straight lines... the smallest one was Madeline." Ludwig Bemelmans published six Madeline books during his lifetime, the last being Madeline's Christmas in 1956 (first published in McCall Magazine). I do not have a particular history to tell regarding this little book, just that it was one of my favorite Madeline books. In this particular story all the little girls are sick with a cold, except Madeline, and she has to take care of everyone—until she receives help from a magician. I know this story was enjoyed by my generation and my parents generation, and hopefully we can now share it with our future generations.
“To study history is to study the motives, the opinions, and the passions of men in order to know all the successes, the initiatives and the detours, and finally all the illusions that they make known to the mind and the surprises that they make the heart feel. In a word, it is to learn to known oneself in others.”—Jean Mabillon, 15th c. Benedictine scholar.