'The Strange Christmas Tree' by Enid Blyton
Illustration by Kathleen Gell
Short Story (1947)
A magic Christmas tree is bought by a family of spoiled and ungrateful brats, and so leaves to find some more deserving children who will appreciate it.
This very moral tale appears in Enid Blyton's A Second Book of Naughty Children, and reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. It's a sweet, simple story to start with, typical of Blyton's work, which has been loved by generations of children since it was first published in the 1930s-60s.
'Now wasn't that a horrid, mean thing to do? Children that will do things like that don't deserve a lovely Christmas tree, and that's just what the tree thought.'
Enid Blyton, A Second Book of Naughty Children (Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1950), p.165.