The tamarisk has a guest role in Christmas in India by Rudyard Kipling, which was written in 1886. The heart-rending poem is filled with the homesickness of the expatriate forced to experience Christmas far from family, friends and the familiar comforts of the festival.
At the time the poem was written Kipling himself was with his parents and sister in what he called “the Family Square” writing contributions to the Christmas number of his paper and generally enjoying family life after a long separation. This is a poignant look at exiles celebrating the Christmas family festival, far from home and in an alien climate. The 'dusk behind the tamarisks' could not be more different from the traditional frosts and holly and log fires of Christmas at Home.
The Christmas stories of the famous authors: Gilbert Keith Chesterton - A Christmas Carol, Lucy Maud Montgomery - A Christmas Inspiration, A Christmas Mistake, Christmas at Red Butte, Lyman Frank Baum -A Kidnapped Santa Claus, Mark Twain - A Letter from Santa Claus, Louisa May Alcott - A Merry Christmas, Leo Tolstoy - A Russian Christmas Party, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Christmas Bells, Nikolai Gogol - Christmas Eve, William Dean Howells - Christmas Everyday, Joseph Rudyard Kipling - Christmas in India, Lyman Frank Baum - Little Bun Rabbit, Elizabeth Harrison - Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe, John Milton - On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity, Charles Dickens - The Chimes, Nathaniel Hawthorne -The Christmas Banquet, Hans Christian Andersen - The Fir Tree, Selma Lagerlöf - The Holy Night, Hans Christian Andersen - The Little Match Girl, Clement Moore - The Night Before Christmas, Henry van Dyke - The Other Wise Man, William Dean Howells - The Pony Engine and the Pacific Express, Beatrix Potter - The Tailor of Gloucester, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - The Three Kings, Anton Chehov - Vanka.