Disagreeable old Miss Terry spends her Christmas Eve getting rid of toys from her childhood toy box. One by one she tosses them onto the sidewalk in front of her house, then secretly watches the little scenes that occur, which seem to confirm her belief that true Christmas spirit does not exist. Then the angel from her childhood Christmas tree appears to show Miss Terry that she has not yet witnessed the final act of each of those little dramas.
Living Age magazine in 1910 observed of The Christmas Angel, "Not since Charles Dickens laid down his pen forever has there been a prettier Christmas story written, one more full of the real spirit of Christmas or conveying a more seasonable lesson."
The Christmas Angel is a wonderful complement to the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Bitter protagonist Miss Terry discards the toys of her childhood in front of her own home, then watches what occurs. Each event reconfirms for her the absence of the Christmas spirit, at least until the angel that topped the Christmas trees of her youth corrects her misunderstanding. Narrator Leslie Belaire sounds far younger than Miss Terry. She is wise enough to not act out Miss Terry’s dialogue in an elderly style. Belaire’s crisp and feminine voice shares the close third-person narrative with the listener. She sounds like a young neighbor who is seeing the story unfold and is reporting it in simple, natural language.
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