7. 19th-Century Storytime at the Merchant’s House Museum

Merchants HOuse Museum

Join actor Dayle Vander Sande as he reads classic Christmas stories from the parlor of the Merchant’s House Museum. In Warmth from the Hearth – 19th Century Holiday Stories for the Season of Light, you will hear tales written by Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edward Payson Roe, Frank Stockton, Helen Keller and more.

Dayle’s reading will stream on Facebook Live and YouTube. You don’t need an account on either site to watch. On Saturday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m. Dayle will read “Captain Eli’s Best Ear” and “A Christmas Wreck” by Frank Stockton. On Wednesday, December 23 at 6:30 p.m., tune in to hear a medley of stories including “A Letter from Santa Claus” (1875) by Mark Twain, “Mollie’s Best Christmas Gift” (1882) by Mary E. Lee, “Christmas Every Day” (1892) by William Dean Howells, and “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus” (1897) by Francis P. Church. Just head to the museum’s Facebook or Youtube page.