Stories for December 25, 2007
of the title (and this is not really a spoiler considering how the book was promoted and what the trailers have revealed) is a kind of sea creature that looks like a cross between a dragon and a pleiseosaurus. And since the story is set in Scotland, the creature might be none other than the famed Loch Ness Monster.
"Christmas was close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness; the old year was preparing, like an ancient philosopher, to call his friends around him, and amidst the sound of feasting and revelry to pass gently and calmly away." -Charles Dickens