A Christmas Visitorby David Saperstein, George Samerjan
Sometimes when things are at their worst, when you think life can’t get any bleaker or colder, a single star pierces the sky- shedding its light like an unexpected blessing, a beacon of
Sometimes when things are at their worst, when you think life can’t get any bleaker or colder, a single star pierces the sky- shedding its light like an unexpected blessing, a beacon of hope…
George Boyajian dreads the approach of yet another Christmas-the twelfth he and his wife will suffer through since losing their son John in the Gulf War. The awful news came on Christmas Eve. Since then the season has held no peace or joy…only heartache for those John left behind. And this year looks to be even worse, as their daughter faces a crisis that threatens to splinter the family still further.
Determined to lift some of the gloom from the season, George sets out to bring Christmas back. As his wife and daughter stand numbly by, he sends out cards, makes plans, gets the old lights and ornaments down from the attic. Then, heading into town on a mission to buy the most beautiful tree ever, he stops to pick up a quiet young man in need of a ride-a Gulf War veteran about the same age as John would now be. Drawn to the stranger, George impulsively invites him home for the holidays, risking the rest of the family’s anger and dismay.
But what happens instead is some kind of miracle. The presence of this somehow-familiar soldier is like a spring thaw, making the house feel like a home again and allowing George and his loved ones to finally open their hearts to memories without sorrow. As the visitor listens, the Boyajians talk-for the first time-about the past… and about how much John meant to each of them. This holiday, a stranger’s gift of love and hope will work the greatest magic of all, as a family in need finds their way back to each other and makes Christmas a blessing once more...
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This is by far the best Christmas story that I have ever read. The book leaves the reader with a moving account of how a loved one that died in war is remembered through a miracle. The true meaning of Christmas is revealed in the story as well as a heart-warming tale of a country White Christmas. Readers will not be disappointed purchasing this book.
I saw the movie of this on Christmas in 2002. It was a very moving story. But the novel is far richer and very uplifting. The story is particularly relevant today, as we are again at war in Iraq and young people are fighting and dying. I recommned this as a great Christmas gift, or for anyone who misses a loved one at Christmas, especially those who know someone in military service.