The Cricket on the Hearth, by Charles Dickens
For the Christmas challenge I chose one of Dickens' short Christmas novels. We meet a cozy family: John and Dot have been married for just a year, and they have a brand-new baby. They have several friends, and a neighbor is preparing to marry Dot's best friend May.
Then a Three's-Company-esque misunderstanding occurs, throwing everything into confusion, and it gets straightened out at the end. I wasn't really all that impressed with the story, but it was OK.
I don't quite understand why everyone seems to have a cricket living by the fireplace. Did crickets just come in and spend the winters in warm spots?