this maybe gets old for you, because this is not the first time i've posted this.
but you should listen to willem lange tell his story favor johnson.
it's a vermont christmas tradition, and worth your time.
if you just want to read the story (not as good. really.) hop on over to the VPR webpage. you can listen to it there too, as well as download it.
and if you're inclined, while you're at willem lange's website, you can buy the illustrated book. it is a lovely gift and if you order from him, they come signed.
i gotta go.