Christmas Morning, 1949


Novelist Paul Auster reads a story written by Sylvia Seymour Akin about a special Christmas.

(Source: NPR All Things Considered)

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jase Prasad
    Dec 12, 2017 @ 18:44:00

    One of my most favorite stories, even with my flat cold tonight this story makes me feel so warm inside Thank you


  2. Jase Prasad
    Nov 05, 2018 @ 18:08:17

    There is something so super heroic about the driver . . . his superpowers eclipse even Clark Kent’s. Such a wonderful story. I listen to this every time I stop savouring life.


  3. Anonymous
    Nov 17, 2018 @ 10:38:26

    I heard this on NPR years ago, try to listen to it every year. Went to share it this year, and found the NPR archives did not have the audio anymore! But with a bit of searching I found your site – thank you! I will share this with friends again this year – it is the best story ever.


  4. Sylvia S Akin
    Dec 24, 2018 @ 10:04:33

    I am the author of this story. After my father died in 1970, my mother began to tell what would come to be known in our family as The Christmas Story. My mother died Christmas week of 1994. With her passing, I was afraid the story would be lost, so I wrote it down. A few years later, at my daughter’s urging, I submitted it to NPR’s National Story Project where, on Christmas Eve 1999, it was read over the air. It was later included in I Thought My Father Was God, edited by Paul Auster, and It was also included on NPR’s CD Holiday Favorites
    Recently, I discovered your link to my story. Thank you for posting here so others will know what kind of man my father was.
    Sylvia Seymour Akin


    • jillzall
      Nov 28, 2019 @ 09:46:56

      Sylvia, this is my favorite Christmas story of all time. I had a “Driveway moment” when I first heard it on NPR, and I think about it every Christmastime. It shows that your father knew the “Christmas Spirit” as well as anyone possibly could. Thank you so much for sharing it.


    • Jase prasad
      Dec 07, 2022 @ 05:12:03

      Every year you warm my Christmas in ways nobody does.
      Thank you.



  5. Ed Cyphers
    Dec 25, 2018 @ 21:20:44

    Sylvia, thank you so much for getting in touch. Obviously this story resonated with me, but when I share it every December others let me know that it touched them, too. It’s truly a reminder of the type of generosity of spirit the holiday season ought to engender.
    I’m glad the story hasn’t been lost and gratified to have been of service in that regard.


  6. jase prasad
    Jan 28, 2021 @ 14:20:28

    Absolutely heart melting – gets me every year!


  7. Jase prasad
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 17:30:37

    Once again I am listening to this classic


  8. Jase prasad
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 21:31:52

    And yet another Christmas reindeers by with this warming story. Thank you again best wishes for 2022


  9. Jase Prasad
    Dec 07, 2022 @ 05:03:34

    Once again another year rolls by, listening and oozing with warmth as the words of the story coat me. I really do believe it is the combination of words and voice that make this an immersive addiction of mine. I am always there witnessing and feeling the cold and rain as well as the sadness, powerless and then gratitude, sacrifice and euphoric elation felt by all the children and the parents. This gets my eyes boiling every year. Thank you.


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