This is one of my favorite stories. I hope you enjoy it, and I wish you a Merry Christmas. — Victor Niederhoffer

High on the mountainside by the little line cabin in the crisp clean dusk of evening Stubby Pringle swings into saddle. He has shape of bear in the dimness, bundled thick against cold. Double stocks crowd scarred boots. Leather chaps with hair out cover patched corduroy pants. Fleece-lined jacket with wear of winters on it bulges body and heavy gloves blunt fingers. Two gay red bandannas folded together fatten throat under chin. Battered hat is pulled down to sit on ears and in side pocket of jacket are rabbit-skin earmuffs he can put to use if he needs them.

Stubby Pringle swings up into saddle. He looks out and down over worlds of snow and ice and tree and rock. He spreads arms wide and they embrace whole ranges of hills. He stretches tall and hat brushes stars in sky. He is Stubby Pringle, cowhand of the Triple X, and this is his night to howl. He is Stubby Pringle, son of the wild jackass, and he is heading for the Christmas dance at the schoolhouse in the valley.

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5 Comments so far

  1. astro the dog on December 22, 2016 6:28 am

    and…Merry Christmas to you, thanks for all the hard work at your site.

  2. Mark Bates on December 22, 2016 1:55 pm

    I always love this story. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!

  3. Jason Diomedes on December 22, 2016 5:39 pm

    Real joy, especially Christmas joy, comes from the heart not from the purse.

  4. Carol on December 24, 2016 6:17 pm

    Thank you for the story of Stubby Pringle’s Christmas. I have been on the hunt for it and was delighted to find it here. Merry Christmas!

  5. James Cook on December 25, 2017 1:25 am

    Thanks for this, I read it every Christmas Eve thanks to you!


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