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Wonderings newest podcast, Little Stories Everywhere, is the perfect immersive experience to share by the fireplace with loved ones this holiday season. Each week, hosts Virginia Madsen and Robbie Daymond will read a different children's classic, some of the most magical stories ever told. Now reimagined with enchanting sound design that is sure to captivate the whole family, you'll get whisked off to Neverland with the Lost Boys in Peter Pan, Fly with Dragons in my father's dragon, or transport yourself to a winter wonderland.

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With the first story on the list, A Merry Christmas, A Collection of Holiday Tales by Louisa May Alcott. The truly embody the holiday spirit no matter what you celebrate. Other stories will include The Velveteen Rabbit Flutter by Butterfly and many more fun tales for families to enjoy together or adults to enjoy on their own. You're about to hear a preview of A Merry Christmas by Louisa May Alcott from Little Stories Everywhere. While you're listening, subscribe to little stories everywhere on Apple, podcasts, Spotify or listen ad free in the wandering.

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Joe was the first to wake in the gray dawn of Christmas morning, no stockings hung at the fireplace and for a moment she felt as much disappointment as she did long ago when her little stocking fell down because it was so crammed with goodies.

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Then she remembered her mother's promise and slipping her hand under her pillow. She drew out a little crimson covered book. She knew it very well, for it was that beautiful old story of the best life ever lived. And Joe felt that it was a true guidebook for any pilgrim going a long journey. She woke Meg with a Merry Christmas and made her to see what was under her pillow. A green covered book appeared with the same picture inside and a few words written by their mother, which made their one present very precious in their eyes.

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Presently, Beth and Amy woke to rummage and find their little books. Also, one dove colored, the other blue, and all sat looking at and talking about them while the east groove Rosie with the coming day. In spite of her small vanities, Margaret had a sweet and pious nature which unconsciously influenced her sisters, especially Joe, who loved her very tenderly and obeyed her because of her advice, was so gently given. Girls, said Meg, seriously looking from the tumbled head beside her to the two little nightcaps ones in the room beyond Mother wants us to read and love and mind these books, and we must begin at once.

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We used to be faithful about it, but since father went away and all this war trouble unsettled us, we have neglected many things you can do as you please. But I shall keep my book on the table here and read a little every morning as soon as I wake, for I know it'll do me good and help me through the day.

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Then she opened her book and began to read. Joe put her arm around her and leaning cheek, did she read also with a quiet expression so seldom seen on her restless face? How could make us come, Amy, let's do what they do. I'll help you with the hard words and they'll explain things if we don't understand, whispered Beth, very much impressed by the pretty books and her sister's example. I'm glad mine is blue, said Amy.

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And then the rooms were very still, while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and the serious faces with a Christmas greeting where his mother asked Meg as she and Joe ran down to thank her for the gifts.

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Half an hour later, Goodness only knows some poor come and begging, and your mom went straight off to see what was needed and never was such a woman for giving away vittles and drinking clothes. And Ferrin replied, Hannah, who lived with the family since Meg was born and was considered by them all more as a friend and a servant. Bum, bum, bum. That was just a preview of little stories everywhere to hear the full episode and more, subscribe to little stories everywhere on Apple podcast Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

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