Review: Dancing Dan’s Christmas

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  • Title: Dancing Dan’s Christmas
  • Author: Damon Runyon
  • Pages: 7
  • Hardback
  • Released: December 1947
  • Genre: Short story
  • My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*All opinions are my own.

* May contain spoilers.

Now one time it comes on Christmas, and in fact it is the evening before Christmas, and I am in Good Time Charley Bernstein’s little speakeasy in West Forty‐Seventh Street wishing Charley a Merry Christmas and having a few hot Tom and Jerrys with him.


I was not familiar with this title or author when I start this story. I choose to read it because it was part of a collection I was given. I am glad I gave it a chance.

I really enjoyed this story. I was hooked from paragraph one. I realize this was a really short story but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Had this story been any longer it would of ruined it. The brief yet rich descriptions kept me engrossed until the very end.

This story is a great seasonal read for anyone. I believe Mr. Runyon created just the right balance of holiday festivities and mystery. This story should hold true for time unknown.

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