As the preface and the book puts it, Draw close to the fire, all those who believe in the spirit of Christmas, whether you call it Santa Claus, or simply good will to men; and listen to the story of Nicholas the Woodcarver, a lover of little children. Follow him through his first years as a lonely little boy who had the knack of carving playthings for children; then as a young man, busy over the little toys; then a prosperous, fat, rosy old man who overcomes all sorts of difficulties in order to attain his ambition: a toy for every child in the village. An explanation for many Christmas traditions is woven into this story, written originally in 1932, recently republished. Reading the story has become a holiday tradition in hundreds of homes and classrooms. Also available: unabridged audiocassette set and supplement for teachers, Ideas for the Classroom.