“The Christmas Banquet” by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Narrated by Jeffrey LeBlanc)

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a novelist, dark romantic and short story writer. His works such as “Young Goodman Brown” and “The House of the Seven Gables” often focus on history, morality, and religion. It can be said his works are still photographs of the dark elements of humanity during his times.

He was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachuseets, to Nathaniel Hathorne and the former Elizabeth Clarke Manning. His ancestors include John Hathorne, the only judge involved in the Salem Witch Trials who never repented of his actions.

Hawthorne later added the “W” to his name to distinguish him from the horrific acts of his ancestor.

Hawthorne published several short stories in periodicals, which he collected in 1837 as Twice Told Tales. He worked at the Boston Custom House and was a member of Brook Farm a unique transcendentalist community.

After 1842, Hawthorne and his wife moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts. Then later moved to Salem, the Berkshires and finally to to The Wayside in Concord. It was during these latter years that Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels.

Much of Hawthorne’s writing focused on New England. And many of his famous works featured moral metaphors with an anti-Puritan inspiration. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s works are considered part of the Romantic Movement. They are specifically known as dark romanticism for their reflective themes of the darker elements of society. Hawthorne’s fascination with community was evident in his writing which centered on the inherent evil and sin of humanity. However, his works at times have a preachy moral message contrasted with an ingenious deep psychological complexity.

Tonight, we celebrate the spirit of Christmas in grand fashion with Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne invites you to a special Christmas banquet where guests are invited in a most curious manner. One guest in particular may give you a chill as you cast your shadow on his wall.

What’s the great secret of the Christmas Banquet? Will our Gervayse Hastings ever find what he is looking for?

And…come in out of the cold.

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