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A Christmas to Remember: Tales of Comfort and Joy is the twenty-fifth book in Dear Canada by Scholastic Canada. It is an anthology of eleven short stories focusing on different heroines from the series. The book was first published in October 2009 and later translated into French.

Like A Season for Miracles before it, each story in A Christmas to Remember focuses on a main character from Dear Canada during the Christmas season.

Book description[]

"December 24, 1920
There were big boxes filled with presents. Some tinsel too. We towed the boxes on our toboggan, put them on the porch and skedaddled behind some bushes. We waited until a light went on and then we scurried away before the family could come out. I wish we could have waited a couple minutes more, just to see their faces.
Eleven wonderful stories of memorable Christmases by some of Canada's top children's writers.

"Le 24 décembre 1920
Il y avait deux gros paniers, l'un rempli de victuailles et l'autre, plein de cadeaux. Nous avons déposé les paniers devant leur porte, nous avons déguerpi avec notre traîne sauvage et nous nous sommes cachés derrière un gros bouquet de cèdres. Nous avons attendu qu'une lumière s'allume, puis nous nous sommes enfuis avant qu'ils ouvrent la porte. J'aurais aimé rester encore quelques instants, le temps de voir la tête qu'ils feraient.
Dix Noëls inoubliables racontés par des auteures canadiennes célèbres pour leurs livres jeunesse.


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"Untangling Christmas"[]

By Jean Little; Featuring Fiona Macgregor from If I Die Before I Wake

"An Unexpected Visitor"[]

By Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch; Featuring Anya Soloniuk from Prisoners in the Promised Land

"Something That Matters"[]

By Carol Matas; Featuring Devorah Bernstein from Turned Away

"These Three Gifts"[]

By Maxine Trottier; Featuring Geneviève Aubuchon from The Death of My Country

In December 1760, Geneviève Aubuchon accompanies her adoptive mother Claire Pastorel to the funeral of the latter's uncle. In his will, he leaves his panis slave, named Pìtku, to Claire. Pìtku comes to live with them. Since he does not speak, he can only communicate via sign language with Geneviève's older brother Chegual. Geneviève starts to worry about Pìtku and wonders whether he is happy living with them. Meanwhile, Andrew, Chegual, and Pìtku begin to hole up in the library during the evenings. On New Years' Day, they surprise Geneviève and Claire with a crèche that they have secretly been working on. Pìtku then speaks to Geneviève for the first time, saying "Bonne Année" ("Happy New Year").

"When War Hits Home"[]

By Julie Lawson; Featuring Charlotte Blackburn from No Safe Harbour

"Reading Henry"[]

By Sarah Ellis; Featuring Flora Rutherford from Days of Toil and Tears

"The Daft Days of Christmas"[]

By Julie Lawson; Featuring Jenna Sinclair from Where the River Takes Me

"Shirley Goodness"[]

By Perry Nodelman; Featuring Sally Cohen from Not a Nickel to Spare

"A Time to Rebuild"[]

By Maxine Trottier; Featuring Josephine Bouvier from Blood Upon Our Land

"Like a Stack of Spoons"[]

By Jean Little; Featuring Eliza Bates from Brothers Far from Home

"Singing a Prayer"[]

By Karleen Bradford; Featuring Julia May Jackson from A Desperate Road to Freedom



  • The cover of A Christmas to Remember was illustrated by Greg Ruhl.[5]
  • The interior illustrations were done by Susan Gardos and Colin Mayne. These illustrations are all based on the portraits featured on previous Dear Canada covers.


See also[]

Dear Canada

Orphan at My Door | A Prairie as Wide as the Sea | With Nothing But Our Courage | Footsteps in the Snow
A Ribbon of Shining Steel | Whispers of War | Alone in an Untamed Land | Brothers Far from Home | An Ocean Apart
A Trail of Broken Dreams | Banished from Our Home | Winter of Peril | Turned Away | The Death of My Country
No Safe Harbour | A Rebel's Daughter | A Season for Miracles | If I Die Before I Wake | Not a Nickel to Spare
Prisoners in the Promised Land | Days of Toil and Tears | Where the River Takes Me | Blood Upon Our Land
A Desperate Road to Freedom | A Christmas to Remember | Exiles from the War | To Stand On My Own
Hoping for Home | That Fatal Night | Torn Apart | A Sea of Sorrows | Pieces of the Past | A Country of Our Own
All Fall Down | Flame and Ashes | A Time for Giving | These Are My Words

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