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Notable Quotable: Harper Lee

"Our Christmases together were simple. We limited our gifts to pennies and wits and all-out competition. Who would come up with the most outrageous for the least? The real Christmas was for the children, an idea I found totally compatible, for I had long ago ceased to speculate on the meaning of Christmas as anything other than a day for children. Christmas to me was only a memory of old loves and empty rooms, something I buried with the past that underwent a vague, aching resurrection every year." —Harper Lee, in her essay "Christmas to Me," originally published in McCall's in December 1961. 

The essay tells the story of the greatest Christmas gift Lee ever received, which led directly to the writing of To Kill a Mockingbird. Click here for more on Lee and her iconic American classic.


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