My favorite holiday story is "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a fast-paced and delightful tale of a Christmas goose, a lost hat, and a priceless gem. This is the story in which Sherlock Holmes, examining a battered bowler, deduces,
"That the man was highly intellectual is of course obvious upon the face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days. He had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a moral regression, which, when taken with the decline of his fortunes, seems to indicate some evil influence, probably drink, at work upon him. This may account for the obvious fact that his wife has ceased to love him."In other words, it is a perfect Holmes story, and has been a favorite in my family since I was a child. "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" is to be found in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.