In The Chair 51

I’ve no idea if this will work…

Jan Ruth

Merry Christmas, Nell Peters!

SantaToymakerChairHow would you describe your Christmas in only three words? 

Nell: Stressful. Expensive. Chaotic.

If you could have a relationship with a literary festive character who would it be and why?

Nell: The Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life was based on a short story, The Greatest Gift, by Philip Van Doren Stern. I would like to befriend Clarence Odbody, dob 1653, who was George Bailey’s guardian angel and learn more about him – when he’s not too busy showing George the error of his ways, of course. The year Clarence was born, the Taj Mahal was completed, Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of England, and New Amsterdam (later New York City) was established. What was Clarence’s life like then as a clockmaker? Where did he live; what did he do apart from make clocks; did he have a family; how did he die? And why did it…

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