The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon“Truly I say: The person who LOSES their self will FIND their self.”
I’ll be brief.
This was the most touching work of Christmas fiction I’ve EVER READ!
I was misty-eyed like a kid at the end. It was THAT good...
And the BEST gifts come in SMALL PACKAGES.
Here’s the setup:
Sister Anthony, the protagonist, had a hard childhood. Real hard.
When her loving father passed away in those early years, she was left alone in the world.
But her aunt knew a group of nuns in New Jersey, close to the child’s Manhattan home, who loved kids, and nurtured their souls.
So the child joins this cloistered family, a stranger to their ritual and their way of life.
BUT her loneliness just deepens.
Until she meets TREE.
Then, a MIRACLE happens.
Her life blossoms, and she finds a natural love, and plenty in common to laugh about with the kids who come to the convent!
Cause she’s found her self.
But ONLY -
As long as she has TREE.
But when a sensitive stranger from NYC (is that POSSIBLE? Believe it!) wants to change that, she has to make a decision...
But THAT’s just the beginning.
No spoilers, friends...
It won’t take you very long to read it.
But if you do it’ll MAKE ALL YOUR FUTURE CHRISTMAS MEMORIES TRULY WONDERFUL!
And it may restore your HEART and SOUL...
IN PLENTY OF TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!
The Last Christmas Tree
Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year! I try super hard not to be busy and just have simple Christmas seasons. Having a simple Christmas season always includes plenty of time to sit with my children and read tons of Christmas books. Here are a few of our favorite books about Christmas Trees! Find them at your local library, and make time to read through them with your kiddos. Sitting and reading with your children is one of the best ways to connect with them, while making memories. As usual with all of my book lists for kids, I have read each of these books personally.
I've said it before and I will say it again: Christmas should be a book-themed holiday. From books as gifts to literary inspired ornaments and decorations, it's the perfect holiday to celebrate not only family, friends, and the spirit of giving, but reading, too. Christmas stories and book page decorations are an important part of the celebration, but like a traditional Christmas, the most important part of a bookish holiday is the tree, which, of course, should be made out of books.
a government as good as its people
Nothing is more enchanting to a child this time of year than a Christmas tree. One is a classic; the other is just plain fun. Schneider, illustrated by Elizabeth J. Long ago, all Christmas trees were perfect. Little Pine was a shoe-in until he took pity on small animals in the harsh winter.
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