Have you ever received one of those Christmas newsletters and thought, "Oh, brother! How much bragging can one family do?" Have you ever bought what you thought was the "perfect" Christmas gift for your best friend, only to later discover he's trying to sell it on Ebay? Have you ever tried a new holiday recipe that nearly caused your guests to need their stomachs pumped? Then this book is for you! These 17 holiday-themed short stories by New England humor columnist, Sally Breslin, were selected from her weekly newspaper columns from the past 15 years and cover every topic from hanging Christmas lights to making New Year's resolutions. If the holidays tend to get you down or stress you out, these stories will relax and entertain you...and hopefully, make you laugh out loud (at least once!).
In a small waiting-room at Blank Hospital a girl was walking up and down, with quick, impatient steps. Every few minutes she stopped to listen; then, hearing no sound, she resumed her walk, with hands clasped and lips set firmly together. She was evidently in a state of high nervous excitement, for the pupils of her eyes were so dilated that they flashed black as night instead of gray; and a bright red spot burned in either cheek. In the corner, in an attitude of anxious dejection, sat a small dog.
Best friends, Jimmy Pittenger and Mike Decker, were looking forward to their winter break from school. Little did they know that they would learn more history than from any book in school when a ghost appeared the first night of Mike's sleep-over at Jimmy's. His name was Zebulon Seeley, an American Revolutionary solder, grandson of the original builder of the Pittenger's house. He was there to enlist the help of the boys to prove his innocence for a murder he did not commit. All the evidence to set his spirit free was in the house. But Zebulon wasn't the only spirit in Jimmy's home...there was another ghost who was very evil and who was determined to stop the boys from snooping at all costs.
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