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My Favorite Christmas Story

Updated: May 10, 2023

Merry Christmas from Notes from the Frontier!

During all the hubbub and noise and stress of our modern holiday season, sometimes the true spirit of Christmas, as well as other religious days like Ramadan, Chanukah and Kwanza are lost. But these most sacred holidays celebrated all around the globe are about good will, peace and charity.

My all-time favorite Christmas story is by the famous old Texas storyteller, John Henry Faulk, and his classic tale of poor Texas pioneers and sharecroppers who had no money for Christmas, but still had the best Christmas ever.

John Henry Faulk was born in Austin, Texas, in 1913, in a poor, devout Methodist family, a child of the Depression in the Deep South and a child of the Greatest Generation. He was a Marine medic in World War II, then came home from the war to be a radio and tv broadcaster. Along the way, he became Texas’ most beloved storyteller.

If you’re having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit, this story will do it for you. The best way to experience it is to listen to Faulk tell it in his own, deep Texas drawl. He reminds all of us of how lucky we have it compared to the pioneers who came before us. This is our gift from Notes from the Frontier to you this Christmas morning. Wishing all a very blessed Christmas.

Listen to John Henry Faulk tell his powerful Depression-era tale, THE CHRISTMAS STORY:


"My Favorite Christmas Story" was first posted on Facebook and on December 25, 2019

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Deborah Hufford

Author, Notes from the Frontier

Deborah Hufford is an award-winning author and magazine editor with a passion for history. Her popular blog with 100,000+ readers has led to an upcoming novel! Growing up as an Iowa farmgirl, rodeo queen and voracious reader, her love of land, lore and literature fired her writing muse. With a Bachelor's in English and Master's in Journalism from the University of Iowa, she taught students of Iowa's Writer's Workshop, then at Northwestern University, Marquette and Mount Mary. Her extensive publishing career began at Better Homes & Gardens, includes credits in New York Times Magazine, New York Times, Connoisseur, many other titles, and serving as publisher of The Writer's Handbook


Deeply devoted to social justice, especially for veterans, women, and Native Americans, she has served on boards and donated her fundraising skills to Chief Joseph Foundation, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), Homeless Veterans Initiative, Humane Society, and other nonprofits.  


Deborah's soon-to-be released historical novel, BLOOD TO RUBIES weaves indigenous and pioneer history, strong women and clashing worlds into a sweeping saga praised by NYT bestselling authors as "crushing," "rhapsodic," "gritty," and "sensuous." Purchase BLOOD TO RUBIES online beginning June 9. Connect with Deborah on, Facebook, and Instagram.

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