Wednesday, December 15, 2004

“The smaller you are, the bigger Christmas is. Underneath the Christmas tree, Christmas is vast. It is a green jungle with red apples and sad, peaceful angels, twirling around on cotton thread, keeping watch over the entrance to the primeval forest. In the glass balls, the primeval forest is neverending. Christmas is a time when you feel absolutely safe, thanks to the Christmas tree.”-- The opening lines of ‘Christmas,’ from Sculptor's Daughter by Tove Jansson, last Friday’s Afternoon Reading on Radio 4, available on the Internet until this Friday.