November 22 , 2009


Holiday Stories


In words and pictures, Decemberlands invites you into three distinct worlds, far from one another in space and time but bound by the universal tension between what we want and what we must give. From the sidewalks of postwar New York City to the workhouses of 19th-century London to a snow-covered peak in the deep American wilderness, join us for these unforgettable journeys.

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"The Bass Violin, or The Eight Musical Days of Sammy Grossmann"

December 1957, The Bronx. Holocaust survivor and door-to-door insurance salesman Aaron Grossmann's lone connection with his past is the music he plays three nights a week at a small jazz club. When his beloved bass violin is destroyed, his young sons Jacob and Sammy—the latter an accordion prodigy—set out to raise money for a new one by spending the eight days of Hanukkah on a whirlwind musical tour of the city sidewalks.

"Tim, or The Last Days of Ebenezer Scrooge"

December 1859, Cambridge, England. Tiny Tim Cratchit has grown into a bright but restless 22-year-old frustrated with the responsibility that comes with having been saved and sponsored by the generous Ebenezer Scrooge. On Christmas Eve, Tim is ready to quit his dutiful old life for good when ancient Scrooge appears and takes him on an epic journey.

"The Legend of Bobcat and Bear: A Children's Story"

December, Anytime, Grizzly Peak. When Santa's sleigh makes an emergency landing on a snow-covered summit, the fate of Christmas rests in the paws of a smart-aleck bobcat and a very sleepy bear.

"Greg Blake Miller's beautifully written tales are about people with real blood running in their veins, in places we will recall for a long while, and in situations that are rendered with a knowledge of how humans (and, yes, even bobcats) are both fierce and frail at all times."

- Kerry Candaele, Director of the award-winning film Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony
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