Here is the description of Mulligan’s Christmas Stew from Audible:
“For more than 30 years as a roving reporter, AP pecial correspondent (and legendary storyteller) Hugh Mulligan wrote witty, quirky, and sometimes poignant Christmas columns from many distant datelines. Whether he was writing from London or Austria, Israel or Vietnam, or the snows of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, Mulligan managed to capture the essence of the holiday spirit for all to enjoy.
Now The Associated Press has assembled these delightful stories in a new collection, Mulligan’s Christmas Stew. This serving of tasty tales is sprinkled with humorous and touching observations as well as enchanting reminders about the joy and reflection the time of the year brings to all, both young and old. The volume features an introduction by Malachy McCourt as well as Christmas quizzes and artifacts from the AP corporate archives.
Mulligan’s Christmas Stew is a journey through the world of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas”, the birth of Christmas carols, the real cost of “The 12 Days of Christmas”, Christmas at the White House, and so much more! Have yourself a Merry Mulligan Christmas!”
I thought the title, Mulligan’s Christmas Stew, came from the author’s name, Hugh Mulligan, but it sounded very familiar and I looked up the definition:
Mulligan Stew: a stew made of available ingredients; a stew made of odds and ends
In this instance, the ingredients are the Christmas columns of a journalist who relished Christmas stories. Hugh Mulligan’s love for history shines through when he writes of December 1776. George Washington embodied the resilience that would define America when he crossed the Delaware River and surprised the Hessian troops hired by the British at Trenton who were imbibing liquor and undoubtedly already celebrating what they believed would be America’s defeat.
He shares the origins of Christmas Carols. Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer’s writer knew it would be a hit. For a long time, no one else agreed. He took it to a singing cowboy named Gene Autry. Although Gene Autry originally turned down the opportunity to sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, his wife changed his mind. In its first year of release, Gene Autry’s rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer sold 1,700,000 copies and never stopped selling.
One year he watches workers decorate Rockefeller Center’s Christmas Tree and learns they begin decorating from neither top nor bottom but from the middle. Another year, he calculates the costs of giving your true love gifts immortalized in The 12 Days of Christmas. He watches a drunk Santa Claus get transported away while still singing Jingle Bells.
Narrator Malachy McCourt has the confidence of a natural storyteller. I enjoyed listening to this collection of Christmas stories. It includes a fun quiz about Christmas. You can download the quiz from Audible if you buy the audiobook edition.
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