Anna-Lena got her comeuppance for sending a letter of complaint to Santa when his elves decided to send her Kalle, a nasty, displaced Swedish troll, to teach her a lesson. Other stories are about her sister Belinda's eyeglasses, Cynthia's doll Suzy, and retold fairy tales.
This book is divided into two parts: family stories and retold fairy tales. A Troll for Christmas was originally broadcast on WMPL radio. Trolls represent the dark side of human nature, and having a troll in the house causes havoc, which is what Anna-Lena finds out when Santa's elves get rid of their pest, Kalle, and send him to Michigan. In other stories we learn what really happened to Rumplestilskin after the miller's daughter revealed his name. (He changed it to Smith), and how did the wolf escape death when his obsession with chocolate chip cookies got him into trouble? How did Jack stop the giant from trampling the farms in the valley? These retold tales are written on two levels: for the amusement of children and for the adults who may be bored with reading the same old stuff.
From "David's Tree"
“You can’t have a Christmas tree,” Sam Katz insisted.
His ten year old son David didn’t try to hide his disappointment. “Why not?”
“Because we’re Jewish,” his mother explained. “Jewish people don’t have Christmas trees.”
“But we have a Christmas tree at the store.”
“That’s different,” his father said. “That’s window dressing.”