Its the traditions that make Christmas an otherwise downright Scrooge and noninclusive holiday meaningful: trimming the tree, singing carols, hanging the lights, anything that gets people together for, in the words of Clark Griswold, a fun old fashion family Christmas. And one of the best public Christmas traditions in Miami happens this Monday.
For the last ten years, beloved Ransom Everglades teacher Dan Bowden, 80, has read Truman Capotes classic short story A Christmas Memory at Books and Books in the Gables, though he started reading the story to his students around the time it originally appeared in Mademoiselle magazine in 1956. Bowdens charming Southern accent is a perfect match for Capotes own writing style, heavily influenced by the authors upbringing in rural Alabama. If you have any jaded feelings about the holiday season (see above), one sentence from Bowden and Capote will take you right back to your own childhood memories.
Mon., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., 2009