From Christmas Stories edited by Diana Secker Tesdall.
Length: 15 pages
A Christmas Memory reflects on both joy and loss, as Capote in this semi-autobiographical short story describes a young boy, Buddy, and his elderly cousin, who is also his best friend. They live with other (rather stern and joyless) relatives and are very poor, but they love Christmas and save all their pennies for the occasion, making fruitcake using whiskey bought from an intimidating but ultimately generous bootlegger, and flying kites across the wintry meadow. It is a very tender and sweet story as Buddy reflects on a time of love and innocence, remembering his dear old cousin. Very moving, and one of the strongest stories in the collection.