A Christmas Story Many Years Ago is about a ten-year old boy who became the 'man of the house' after his father died last spring. He is trying to solve the dilemma of providing a Christmas present for his widowed mother (a pair slippers), for his smaller sister (a little golden curled mama doll with a rhinestone collar), and for himself (a shiny red fire engine with a little silver bell). He doesn't have eugh money for all three presents and is running out of time since it is w the day before Christmas. When he finally has the problem solved, life hands him ather financial crisis. This is t only a heart warming story the way the crisis is solved but it's also a study in arithmetic and provides older children with a chance to think of the solution. All characters are fictitious but each is a composite of persons that I've kwn. It takes place in a mid-sized West Virginia town in the forties. Descriptions of w hat happened, where it happened, and how it happened is written as best as memory of the post war time as could be recalled by the author.