‘A Christmas Memory’ by Truman Capote

Although slight, this is a deft and beguiling reminiscence of Capote’s childhood Christmases in Alabama. As a boy of seven he enjoyed the kinship of his ‘friend’, a much older female cousin who relished the festive season.
 
“It’s always the same: a morning arrives in November, and my friend, as though officially inaugurating the Christmas time of year that exhilarates her imagination and fuels the blaze of her heart, announces: ‘It’s fruitcake weather! Fetch our buggy. Help me find my hat.’”
 
In tandem the pair revel in their own style of Christmas, recorded here with poignancy and love. 
 
First published in Mademoiselle, December 1956. Most recently republished in A Christmas Memory, Penguin Classics, 2020 and available to read on the Penguin website here

Chosen by Kate Levey. Kate is the daughter of Brigid Brophy and sporadically writes about her.

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