Author: Pearl S. Buck

Most recognized for her 1931 novel The Good Earth, which won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize, Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973) was an American novelist and human rights activist. Born to missionaries, she spent much of the first half of her life in Zhenjiang, China. In 1911, Pearl left China to attend Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in the United States. The Communist Party refused her attempts to return after 1949, eventually banning her from the country. She spent the rest of her life in the United States, writing and championing the rights of women and minority groups. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.”

Christmas Day in the Morning

Pearl S. Buck
This simple tale by novelist Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973) was first published in Collier’s magazine in 1955.The story invites reflection on how we should give and how giving can be taught.