The destroyer of children's stories (just kidding, sort of) develops a little known--due to its sheer depressive quality--Hans Christian Andersen story "The Little Match Girl" into, if not fuller, then slightly less horrific tale of poverty and sacrifice, or as the GOP would call it: Socialist propaganda. Not badly done, if too sad for me to actually like.
Christmas is a time for brotherly love and peace on Earth. Yeah, that's nonsense, but at least people have a basic idea of the holiday as opposed to one that's been around twice as long and hasn't become associated with fights at Wal-Mart. Snicket's delightful tale about a latke (a word that here means potato pancake) really talks about Chanukah and how different beliefs can go hand and hand. Nicely done.