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Kat Loves…A Great Christmas Tradition

When I was about two years old, I received a fantastically illustrated collection of fairy tales from a great aunt.

No one in my family seems to recall the book title and with all the moves my family has made, it’s been lost along the way. The only thing that remains is my memory. I distinctly recall paging through the heavy, hardcover book with my pudgy, baby fingers so many time that the pages became dog-eared and soft around the edges.

The fairy tales in the collection where somewhat ‘alternative’ you could say. They included The Headless Horseman and The Frog Prince, among popular classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood.

One of my most treasured Christmas memories is sitting on my grandfather’s lap, in front of the fireplace, at my grandparent’s home and pretending to read each story to my grandpa. Having asked many willing participants to read me each fairy tale over and over again, I had memorized the gist of each story. I remember being so proud of myself, saying something to the effect of, “See grandpa, I told you I could read.” And of course, him proudly beaming at my very advanced skills.

About Kat

Katerina Ortakova is a book lover, beginner home renovator, karaoke aficionado and animal nut. She enjoys nothing more than a good book, a comfy chair, and her pets at her feet. Having read the entire children’s and young adult section of her local library, Katerina set her sights on a career filled with books at an early age. As Assistant Manager of Online Marketing, she is thrilled to work with amazing authors and books every day. Follow Katerina on Twitter at @kortakova or @RandomHouseCA

3 Responses to “Kat Loves…A Great Christmas Tradition”

  1. Luanne says:

    What a wonderful memory Kat – thank you for sharing. L

  2. Kat D says:

    Kat, along with sharing a name, we also share a similar memory. When I was very young, my uncle also gave me a book of fairy tales one Christmas. As with your gift, it was beautifully illustrated. It was “Japanese Fairy Tales”. I still have that book after 50+ years! So glad that although you no longer have the book, you have precious memories! Merry Christmas to you.

    • Kat says:

      Hi Kat,
      That’s so nice that you still have the book! I would love to still have my copy, who knows where it is now :) .


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