Monday, December 22, 2008

Book: The Paper Bag Christmas

Today I'd like to introduce you to a delightful Christmas story called The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne.


When Molar Alan and his older brother, Aaron, fill out their Christmas wish lists front and back, the Santa at the mall informs the boys they won't be getting anything they asked for. Instead, he says, they will receive everything they never wanted. This isn't your garden-variety Santa, he's Dr. Chris Ringle, a pediatric oncologist, and he enlists the brothers as Santa's elves at the children's ward for the holidays.
Each boy is charged with a very special assignment. Aaron will befriend Madhu, a fast-talking boy on an organ transplant list who, though not Christian, has an insatiable curiosity and wants to learn all about the holiday. Madhu is determined to be a wise man in the hospital pageant, despite the objections to his interpretation of the role.
Molar's task is considerable harder, as he attempts to help a lonely little girl named Katrina. Katrina's surgery has left her scarred and she has shut herself away from everyone. But it is through her that the true spirit of Christmas will touch the lives of all those around her in a way none of them would have ever foreseen.


This story was not at all what I expected, but it was a wonderful surprise. I would almost call it a short story since it took me just over an hour to read. It's set in the Portland, Oregon area so that was fun and familiar to me, but more than that it's based on a true experience the author had as a child.
It's the story of a Christmas with heart. Where it's not all about me, but about others. It's a story that will warm your heart!

If you have a chance I highly recommend you pick this up! It would make a lovely stocking stuffer or an annual read to get you in the Christmas mood!

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