January 15, 2016

"Keeping Christmas"
Dan Walsh

Stan opened the ugly ornaments box and pulled out the top three ornaments, the ones wrapped in green paper, the kids' favorites, and set them on the coffee table. He picked up the first one, the biggest one--Anna's blue pinecone--and began to unwrap it. Without thinking, Judith walked up, stopped him, and gently took it out of his hand. She wrapped it back up, set it carefully in the box. Then picked up the other two ornaments, put them in the box, and closed the flaps.

"What's the matter?" Stan said. "Did I do something wrong?"

"I don't think I can do this."

Nothing is more beautiful than family
For the first time since their children were born, empty nesters Judith and Stan Winters spent Thanksgiving without the kids, and it's looking like Christmas will be the same. Judith can't bring herself to even start decorating for the holiday; her kids always hung the first ornaments on the tree, ornaments they had made each year since they were toddlers. Sure, the ornaments were strange-looking--some were downright ugly--but they were tradition.

With Judith refusing to decorate the bare spruce tree in their living room, Stan's only hope for saving the holiday is found in a box of handmade ornaments . . .
I could not really get into this book at first.  I was afraid that it was going to be a sad, depressing story and those just are not for me.  This book actually turns out being really sweet and heartwarming.  A true reminder of the importance of family and the memories that we create with them, not only at Christmas time, but year 'round.  

While we all may have different family traditions, they are intended to do the same thing, pull us together as a family.  Make us closer and remind us of good times.  That's what "Keeping Christmas" is all about. 

Read more about the book here.  


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