The Long Winter (1940)
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novel – the sixth of the Little House series – is set in South Dakota in 1880, when Laura and her family are stranded for seven months in blizzards. When Christmas day comes round – with no trains getting through – the children have to make do with threadbare presents and watery soup. But the family make up for it when the snow thaws and they re-stage Christmas in May. This time there’s freshly made bread, cranberries, mashed potatoes and a huge turkey. Plates are piled up once, then again. “Lord, we thank Thee for all Thy bounty,” says Pa, before starting to play the fiddle