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Monday, December 25, 2017

Have Yourself a Stuart McLean Christmas!

I’ve always associated Christmas with books and reading.  A book has always been a favourite gift.  When I was a child, a Christmas did not go by without my reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  As an adult, that has been replaced with reading or listening to Stuart McLean’s short story, “Dave Cooks the Turkey” (audio version available at

Stuart McLean died on February 15, 2017, but he will always remain a part of my Christmases.  This year, I received an early Christmas present:  a copy of Christmas at the Vinyl Café which was published earlier this year.  All the Vinyl Café Christmas stories are in this special collection—including the classic "Dave Cooks the Turkey."   There are also five new, never before published Christmas stories.  The last story in the book is entitled “The Christmas Card” which was the Christmas story Stuart read at his last concert.  This concert was played on CBC on December 17; if you missed it, you can listen to it at  Then make certain you buy a copy of this book so if you have not already made reading a Stuart McLean Christmas story a part of your annual festivities, you can do so next year.  


Merry Christmas to all my readers.
Joyeux Noël à tous mes lecteurs.
Wesołych Świąt dla wszystkich moich czytelników.
Vrolijke Kerstmis aan al mijn lezers.