Gather round the Yule log

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

There’s a line in the pop­u­lar Christ­mas tune “The Most­Won­der­ful Time of the Year” that goes, “There’ll be scary ghost sto­ries and tales of the glo­ries of Christ­mases long, long ago,” sug­gest­ing that sto­ry­telling has al­ways been pop­u­lar around this time of year — maybe el­ders used to re­late their ex­pe­ri­ences pay­ing off credit-card debt from the Christ­mas of ’39 and so forth. Lo­cal per­form­ers Bob Martin, Carol McGif­fin, and Jonathan Richards join ac­tress/ac­tivist Ali MacGraw to keep this tra­di­tion alive with a staged read­ing of hol­i­day-themed short sto­ries from such au­thors as O. Henry (“The Gift of the Magi”), Da­mon Run­yon (“Danc­ing Dan’s Christ­mas”), and L. Frank Baum (“A Kid­napped Santa Claus”) at 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Dec. 19, at Col­lect­edWorks Book­store, 202 Gal­is­teo St., 988-4226. They all do it again at 4 p.m. on Tues­day, Dec. 22. Re­fresh­ments, in­clud­ing hot chocolate, can be pur­chased at the store’s cof­fee bar.

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