Okay, it may be a bit early for Christmas stories, but The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans holds a special place in my heart all year round. My grandma first introduced me to this book and it has been a shared love of ours for years. (I even purchased her a copy of the film adaption on year as a Christmas gift.) Originally penned by Evans for his children, it tells the story of a young family who move in with a wealthy widow named Mary to help take care of her and her home. While storing some furniture on the the day they move in, the husband, Richard, stumbles across a beautifully carved Christmas box. Soon, he begins to have vivid dreams of an angel calling to him. On night, he awakens from another dream to the sound of music coming from the attic. It leads him back to the Christmas box, where he discovers a series of letters that unlock Mary’s tragic past and help him discover the true meaning of Christmas. This beautiful piece of fiction is also beautiful testament to the unbridled power of a parent’s love, the gift of children and the importance of spending moments with the people we care about. A perfectly timeless holiday tale, I hope you’ll fall in love with The Christmas Box, much like I did, and that it will become one of your treasured Christmas traditions.
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