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Christianity - Christmas USA 1949 Jackson, Shirley. "My Life with R. H. Macy " in The Lottery and Other Stories. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1998; first published 1949); pg. 59. "I told here that all D. A.'s were suspended for the Christmas rush... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1955 Willis, Connie. Bellwether. New York: Bantam Spectra (1997; 1st ed. 1996); pg. 83. "Coonskin caps (May 1955 - December 1955) -- Children's fad inspired by the Walt Disney television series Davy Crockett... The fad collapsed right before Christmas of 1955, leaving merchandisers with hundreds of unwanted caps. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1956 Jones, Raymond F. "The Non-Statistical Man " in The Non-Statistical Man. New York: Belmont Books (1964; copyright 1956); pg. 85. "'You had to know how truly Man has become poor, little rich boy, sitting in the midst of his wealth of Christmas gadgetry which has become abundant beyond his capacity to use it; and that inside, a slowly crumbling psyche is leaving him a hollow, eyeless shell which will collapse upon the heap of shining gadgetry when his last internal fires are dead...' "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1963 Grimwood, Ken. Replay. New York: Arbor House (1986); pg. 219. Pg. 219: "...a mariachi band performing, at excruciating volume, 'Feliz Navidad.' "; Also pg. 14-15, 21, 162, 220, 230.
Christianity - Christmas USA 1966 Geary, Patricia. Strange Toys. New York: Bantam (1989; c. 1987); pg. 5. Pg. 5: "Stan had given it to us last Christmas. "; Pg. 14: "A red and green Christmas bow... "; Pg. 45: "Christmas tree lights " [Also, pg. 72, 79, 89, 92, 94-95, 97, 104, 225.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 1967 Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. New York: Random House (1999; c. 1969); pg. 2. "He sent O'Hare a postcard [from Dresden to U.S.] at Christmastime, and here is what it said:

'I wish you and your family also as to your friend Merry Christmas and a happy New Year and I hope that we'll meet again in a world of peace and freedom in the taxi cab if the accident will.' " [Also pg. 91, 252.]

Christianity - Christmas USA 1970 Zelazny, Roger. Nine Princes of Amber in The Chronicles of Amber, vol. 1. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (c. 1970); pg. 15. "'this is an ultrasonic dog whistle. Donner and Blitzen here have four brothers... " [dogs named after Santa's reindeer; other refs. to them, incl. pg. 20.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 1971 Dick, Philip K. "Foster, You're Dead " in The Best of Philip K. Dick. New York: Ballantine (1977; story c. 1954); pg. 223. "'You'll get one? I think they'll be on the market by Christmas.'

'Oh, yes,' Foster said. 'They'll be out by Christmas... I'll buy one of the damn things for Christmas, and so will everybody else.'

The GEC grill-screen adaptors were a sensation.

Mike Foster walked slowly along the crowd-packed December street... Adaptors glittered in every store window. All shapes and sizes, for every kind of shelter. All prices, for every pocketbook. The crowds of people were gay and excited, typical Christmas crowds, shoving good-naturedly, loaded down with packages and heavy overcoats. " [More, pg. 224-226.]

Christianity - Christmas USA 1971 Dick, Philip K. "Foster, You're Dead " in The Best of Philip K. Dick. New York: Ballantine (1977; story c. 1954); pg. 229. [The end of the story:] "To his right a garish neon sign winked and glowed in the deepening night shadows. A huge sign, bright and colorful.

PEACE ON EARTH GOOD WILL TO MEN
PUBLIC SHELTER ADMISSION 50? "

Christianity - Christmas USA 1971 McKenna, Richard. "Unclear Call for Lee " in A Pocketful of Stars (Damon Knight, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971); pg. 209. Pg. 209: "Shortly after Christmas... "; Pg. 210: "For Christmas Lee had given him a revolver and a box of cartridges with which to defend himself from burglars. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1972 offutt, andrew j. "For Value Received " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 118. Christmas cards
Christianity - Christmas USA 1972 Sallis, James. "Tissue " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 437. [at the fitting shop] "Since last Christmas... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1973 Goldman, William. The Princess Bride. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1973); pg. 5. "Whenever they'd meet, each year during the Christmas pageant when all the parents came... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1973 Goldman, William. The Princess Bride. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1973); pg. 11. "...through a half-dozen books in December (a lot of that was Christmas vacation when I didn't have to interrupt my reading... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1973 Goldman, William. The Princess Bride. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1973); pg. 21. "'Don't move,' I said, hanging up, and who do you call when it's after hours and Christmas on the horizon? Only your lawyer. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1976 Disch, Thomas M. "The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances " in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: 24th Series (Edward L. Ferman, ed.) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1982); pg. 306. "The last two appliances to appear in the living room were a vaporizer and a long tangled string of Christmas tree lights, both of which had been hibernating in a closet. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1976 Matheson, Richard. What Dreams May Come. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1978); pg. 196. Pg. 196: "...chessboard... Ann had had made for me one Christmas. "; Pg. 219: "'My wife had a chess set like that made for me,' I told her. 'One Christmas...' " [Also pg. 236.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 1978 Blaylock, James P. "Unidentified Objects " in Omni Visions One (Ellen Datlow, ed). Greensboro, NC: Omni Books (1993; story copyright 1989); pg. 66. "In the downtown circular plaza each Christmas, there was an enormous Santa Claus built from wire and twisted paper... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1978 King, Stephen. The Stand. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1978); pg. 796. "'Morning,' Stu answered casually. 'And a merry Christmas.'

'Christmas?' Tom looked at him and forgot all about how badly he had to whiz. 'Christmas?' he said again.

'Christmas morning.' He hooked a thumb to Tom's left. 'Best I could do.'

Stuck to the snowcrest was a spruce-top about two feet high. It was decorated with a package of silver icicles Stu had found in the back room of the Avon Five and Ten. " [More about Christmas, pg. 796-799.]

Christianity - Christmas USA 1978 Rosenbaum, Karen. "Hit the Frolicking, Rippling Brooks " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1978); pg. 82. "He also has a pair of green leisure slippers that Mama knit him last Christmas. He wore them Christmas morning. It is now June. " [Refs. to Christianity throughout story, not in DB.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 1979 Ing, Dean. Soft Targets. New York: Tor (1996; c. 1979); pg. 144. Christmas package (also pg. 149, 177)
Christianity - Christmas USA 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 161. "'I mean,' Doctor Drinkwater said, reappearing beside him, 'that every Christmas seems to follow immediately after the last one; all the months that came between don't figure in Christmases succeed each other, not the falls they follow.'

'That's right,' said Mother, making stately progress... 'It seems you just get through one and there's another.' " [More about Christmas, particularly about Santa Claus, pg. 162-166, 443.]

Christianity - Christmas USA 1982 Bishop, Michael. The Secret Ascension; or, Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 59. "At Christmas, the dog had showed up at Brown Thrasher Barony... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1982 Bishop, Michael. The Secret Ascension; or, Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 127. "'I've only been working here since Christmas.' "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1982 Knight, Damon. "Tarcan of the Hoboes " in One Side Laughing. New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; 1982); pg. 36. [Author's introduction] "I was driving with my son Jonathan one day in late December when he noticed two hoboes with a Christmas tree beside the tracks. That started me thinking about hobo jungles... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1982 Simmons, Dan. "The River Styx Runs Upstream " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1982); pg. 29. "After Christmas I went away to a boarding school that was two states away. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1982 Willis, Connie. "Service for the Burial of the Dead " in Fire Watch. New York: Bluejay (1984; story copyright 1982); pg. 48. "The marriage was set for Christmas. " [The story takes place at a Protestant funeral. Other refs. to Christianity throughout story, not in DB.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 1985 Hoffman, Nina Kiriki. "A Step into Darkness " in L. Ron Hubbard Presents The Best of Writers of the Future (Algis Budrys, ed.) Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (2000; c. 1985); pg. 202. "...making the whole apartment feel like the week before Christmas... Mom knew that was on her Christmas wish list. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1985 Knight, Damon. "The God Machine " in One Side Laughing. New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; 1985); pg. 35. "Yesterday, the day before Christmas... from which the strains of 'Away in a Manger' arise. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1986 Anderson, Jack. Control. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1988); pg. 218. "...at a dinner dance held at the Greenwich Country Club to raise money to provide Christmas meals for needy families. Tickets were five hundred dollars per couple... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1986 Anderson, Jack. Control. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1988); pg. 223. "Thad insisted that both his sons be home for Christmas. That meant accepting Thaddy's apartment mate as a house guest for the weekend, since Thaddy would not let Alan spend Christmas alone. When the two boys arrived, carrying one bag between them, Thaddy made it plain that Alan would not sleep alone in a guest room. " [More, pg. 224-225.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 1986 Brooks, Terry. Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!. New York: Ballantine (1986); pg. 3. Pg. 3: "The catalogue was from Rosen's, Ltd. It was the department store's annual Christmas Wishbook.

It was addressed to Annie. ";

Pg. 4: "Annie always enjoyed the Christmas Wishbook. ";

Pg. 14: "'Magic kingdom for sale . . . Landover--island of enchantment and adventure . . . Hey, what is this?' Miles fumbled to find the cover.

'It's a Christmas catalogue,' Ben explained to the big man quickly. 'From Rosen's, Ltd. out of New York. A Wishbook. You've seen the type--full of one of a kind gifts.' " [Many other refs. to the Wishbook, not in DB. It is the catalyst for the entire plot of the book.]

Christianity - Christmas USA 1987 Anthony, Patricia. "What Brothers are For " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1987); pg. 14. "There was a look on Daniel's face like had been on it the time Zeke had told him there wasn't really a Santa Claus. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1988 Anthony, Patricia. "Good Neighbor " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1988); pg. 38. "His face lit up like a Christmas tree with a smile a mile wide... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1988 Anthony, Patricia. "White Boy " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1988); pg. 286. "...in a pair of jeans and a Polo shirt she'd given Jimmy for Christmas. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1990 Anthony, Patricia. "Lunch with Daddy " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1990); pg. 281. "It looked like a gift for the baby shower she had never had. 'Birthday or Christmas?' she asked. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1990 De Haven, Tom. Walker of Worlds. New York: Doubleday (1990); pg. 44. Pg. 44: "...exchanging birthday and Christmas cards. "; Pg. 119-120: extensive passage about Christmas cards; Pg. 127: "And every Christmas he got a cash bonus. "; Pg. 162: "'Merry Christmas, Petey.' " (also pg. 164); Pg. 217: "A sidewalk Santa Claus--the first he'd noticed this season--was vigorously ringing a bell over his black collection pot. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1990 Knight, Damon. "I See You " in One Side Laughing. New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; 1976); pg. 59. "It was Christmas before he was done. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1991 McCammon, Robert R. Boy's Life. New York: Pocket Books (1992; c. 1991); pg. 138. Pg. 138, 179, 454-457, 477, 480, 489-514, 517, etc.
Christianity - Christmas USA 1993 Bova, Ben. "Conspiracy Theory " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1993); pg. 63. "Schmidt resumed his beneficent Santa expression. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1993 Brust, Steven. Agyar. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 14. Christmas party
Christianity - Christmas USA 1993 Turrow, Scott. Personal Injuries. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1999); pg. 58. "'I just work here.'

'Right,' Robbie whispered. 'Right. That's why it's always Christmas.' "

Christianity - Christmas USA 1993 Turrow, Scott. Personal Injuries. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1999); pg. 102. "...a period in which Thanksgiving to her only meant prep time for the NCAAs and Christmas the 'A' Camp in New Jersey... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1995 Chalker, Jack L. The Cybernetic Walrus (Book One of The Wonderland Gambit). New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 235. Pg. 235: Christmas Card [Also pg. 228.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 1995 Ing, Dean. The Big Lifters. New York: Tor (1988); pg. 125. Santa Claus
Christianity - Christmas USA 1995 Randle, Kristen D. The Only Alien on the Planet. New York: Scholastic Inc. (1995); pg. 87. Pg. 87: "I talked about the old house and Christmases past... "; Pg. 113: "The patio stood open, light pouring out of it onto the patio, and the windows glowed like Christmas. "; Pg. 212: "'Christy and I are getting married at Christmas. I'll have my master's by spring. I have a very good job offer--' "; Pg. 223: "They kept him at the hospital till nearly Christmas. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1995 Randle, Kristen D. The Only Alien on the Planet. New York: Scholastic Inc. (1995); pg. 2-3. "He intended to sell our good old house and move us thousands of miles east.

'I promise you Winter . . .' he says, like he's performing some kind of great magic,' . . .Autumn, White Christmases. A House with a Fireplace...' "

Christianity - Christmas USA 1995 Siddoway, Richard. The Christmas Wish. New York: Harmony Books (1998; c. 1995); pg. 9. [Frontispiece] "The house is warm, good cheer abounds,
The heart of Christmas is all around.
The children sing, their voices sweet,
The candles are lit, such rosy heat,
My heart is full, my eyes aglow,
For those here with me and those I cannot know.
May peace be ours, may peace be theirs,
Let us remember all mankind in our Christmas prayers.

--Anonymous "

Christianity - Christmas USA 1995 Siddoway, Richard. The Christmas Wish. New York: Harmony Books (1998; c. 1995); pg. 18. "...Julia said, 'Mrs. Martin, did you know that I'm in charge of the Country Club Christmas Ball this year?'

'Oh, how nice. Is this your first time?' Ruth asked.

'Yes, and I've had such great support from the community. Everyone seems so excited about the dance. It's a chance to put on our Christmas finery and help support the development of a new children's wing at the hospital. I'm delighted to be a part of it.' " [Many other refs. to Christmas throughout novel. As the title indicates, the entire book is an extended Christmas story. Only a few example refs. in DB.]

Christianity - Christmas USA 1995 Siddoway, Richard. The Christmas Wish. New York: Harmony Books (1998; c. 1995); pg. 20. "'At least they haven't changed the town square,' Will continued. 'It was always decked out for the holidays. There were lights everywhere. People running around doing their shopping. The windows of the stores all decorated. Simpson's clothing had an animated Santa Claus that I particularly loved. Church bells played carols in the cold, vibrant air and carolers sang near the Nativity scene in the middle of the square... We'd shop until all the stores closed and then we'd hurry home to wrap presents. The crowning event was when we'd help Grandpa decorate the Christmas tree... I don't think I'll ever forget those evenings.' "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 111. "This had been a wonderful early Christmas present, bright and filled with hope for an unimaginable future, a future of humans interacting with other intelligences. Now, by Christmastime, the Earth might not even exist. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1996 Bova, Ben. "The Great Moon Hoax or A Princess of Mars " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1996); pg. 70. "Schmidt... Normally, he looked like a young Santa Claus, round and red-cheeked, with a pale blond beard. He was usually a pretty jolly guy, but just now... " [More, pg. 79.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 1996 Timmons, Stan. "Life is But a Dream " in The Ultimate X-Men (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley (1996); pg. 211. "Bobby Drake, a CPA frozen in the past, with a glacial heart that couldn't be moved or warmed by all the lights of Christmas, it seemed. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1997 Anthony, Patricia. "Alone Again in Dweebland " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1997); pg. 256. Pg. 256: "Jack Nicholson in The Shining... And he-e-e-ere's Christmas! knocking down your door with an ax.

So three weeks before my second Christmas marooned in Geekville... "; Pg. 257: "I start thinking about Dad and how Christmases used to be, with six-foot-tall fir trees, and pumpkin pies, and Santa Claus cooking, and I remember Gran saying, 'Not so much fuss this year,' and all of a sudden I'm boohooing. " [Other refs. not in DB. This is a Christmas story.]

Christianity - Christmas USA 1997 Bradbury, Ray. "Grand Theft " in Driving Blind. New York: Avon Books (1997; c. 1995); pg. 53. "'...and will not return until long after Christmas...' "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1997 Hand, Elizabeth. Glimmering. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 4. [Extensive refs. to Christmas: Christmas tree, Christmas boxes, Christmas balls, "images of the Christ child cast in wax ", pg. 4-6, 24, 82, 156, 206, 245, 289, 291-292, 296, etc.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 1998 Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin (1986); pg. 38. Pg. 38: "Even my mother's face, usually pale, thinnish, looked ruddy and cheerful, like a Christmas card... "; Pg. 75: "...but a little window, a very little window, like the wrong end of a telescope, like the window on a Christmas card... "; Pg. 138: "Scrabble... My mother had a set, kept at the back of the hall cupboard, with the Christmas tree decorations in their cardboard boxes. "; Pg. 194: "She wanted us to look like something Anglo-Saxon, carved on a tomb; or Christmas card angels, regimented in our robes of purity. "; Pg. 244: "'I left that old hag Aunt Elizabeth tied up like Christmas turkey behind the furnace...' "; Pg. 274: "The sun comes out, and the stage and its occupants light up like a Christmas creche. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1998 Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin (1986); pg. 121. "Not that your father wasn't a nice guy and all, but he wasn't up to fatherhood. Not that I expected it of him. Just do the job, then you can bugger off, I said, I make a decent salary, I can afford daycare. So he went to the coast and sent Christmas cards. He had beautiful blue eyes though. But there's something missing in them... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1998 Brooks, Terry. A Knight of the Word. New York: Ballantine (1998); pg. 23. "'Every Christmas we had that cookie bake in your kitchen...' " [More. Also, pg. 25, 99, 163.]
Christianity - Christmas USA 1998 DeFalco, Tom & Adam-Troy Castro. X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow Book 2: The Present. New York: Berkley (1998); pg. 164. "'I'm the Peter Parker who might have been.'

The Park's eyes were very wide and very round, 'What is this? A Christmas Carol or It's a Wonderful Life?' "

Christianity - Christmas USA 1998 Dick, Philip K. Time Out of Joint. New York: Random House (2002; c. 1959); pg. 114. -
Christianity - Christmas USA 1998 Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. 94. "He remembered guiltily that it had been over a year since he had seen her, though they had spoken on the phone at Christmas and on her birthday. "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1999 Lowry, Lois. "Rage " in Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (Michael Cart, ed.) New York: Scholastic Press (1999); pg. 108. "Christmas slid by with its usual commercial celebration. My twelve-year-old sister showed off her new ice skates, and we ate turkey and cranberry sauce... "
Christianity - Christmas USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Inn " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 58. "Christmas Eve. The organ played the last notes of 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel,' and the choir sat down. Reverend Wall hobbled slowly to the pulpit, clutching his sheaf of yellowed typewritten sheets.

In the choir, Dee leaned over to Sharon and whispered, 'Here we go. Twenty-four minutes and counting.'

...Reverend Wall set the papers on the pulpit, looked rheumily out over the congregation, and said, ' 'And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judeo, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David. To be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.' ' " [Many other refs. throughout story, not in DB. Story is about a Christmas pageant in a Protestant church.]

Christianity - Christmas USA 1999 Willis, Connie. "Miracle " in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. New York: Bantam (1999); pg. 10. "There was a Christmas tree in the lobby when Lauren got to work, and the receptionist was sitting with her chin in her hand, watching the security monitor. Lauren set her shopping bag down and looked curiously at the screen. On it, Jimmy Stewart was dancing the Charleston with Donna Reed.

'The Personnel Morale Special Committee had cable piped in for Christmas,' the receptionist explained, handing Lauren her messages. 'I love It's a Wonderful Life, don't you?'

Lauren stuck her messages in the top of her shopping bag and went up to her department. Red and green crepe paper hung in streamers from the ceiling, and there was a big red crepe-paper bow tied around Lauren's desk.

'The Personnel Morale Special Committee did it,' Evie said... 'They've decorated the whole building, and they want us and Document Control to go caroling this afternoon. Don't you think PMS is getting out of hand with this Christmas spirit thing?...' "



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