Lucy Wells likes planning ahead. In her quaint New England town the leaves have just begun to change, but Lucy is already thinking of Christmas. She begins to make presents for her family: a pincushion for her mother, a doll for her sister, and a pen-wiper for her best friend. For the whole family, her parents have ordered a new modern range stove. The days grow colder and shorter, the snow grows deeper, and everyone grows more excited. Finally, the day arrives Lucy and her family travel to the South Danbury Church on Christmas to exchange gifts, sing carols with the whole town, and perrform in the Christmas pageant. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, richly illustrated with colored engravings by Michael McCurdy, the masterful Donald Hall has recreated a classic New England Christmas, based on the childhood stories of his own mother.