The Christmas Letters: A Timeless Story for Every Generation

The Christmas Letters: A Timeless Story for Every Generation

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by Bret Nicholaus
     
 

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The nine letters Grandpa hands to his family each contain a personal story of how they brought joy to him. This volume-which has sold more than 60,000 copies since its initial publication-has been repackaged as a gift hardcover.

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The nine letters Grandpa hands to his family each contain a personal story of how they brought joy to him. This volume-which has sold more than 60,000 copies since its initial publication-has been repackaged as a gift hardcover.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931722957
Publisher:
Center Street
Publication date:
10/12/2006
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Christmas Letters

A Timeless Story for Every Generation
By Bret Nicholaus

CENTER STREET

Copyright © 2006 Bret Nicholaus
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-931-72295-1


Chapter One

It's been about six months since that cool and rainy June afternoon when Grandpa passed away. Last Christmas Eve, he predicted that he would not be around to celebrate another Christmas with us, but of course we chose not to believe it. As was often the case in our family, we were wrong and Grandpa was right.

The first few months without Grandpa were hard for many of us, as the long summer seemed to fade ever so slowly into fall. But fall, in traditional fashion, picked up the pace and quickly changed to winter, bringing with it five inches of snow last Saturday afternoon. Inspired by the beauty of December's first white blanket, my wife, our six-year-old daughter, and I spent the evening bringing all our boxes of holiday decorations down from the attic.

In the past, preparing for Christmas in our household was more likely to produce a few good arguments than it was to create feelings of goodwill. The commotion of Christmas came early and often, and bright spirits rarely lasted past the first batch of cookies.

This year, however, things appear to be headed in a different direction. The disagreements, fussing, and overall busyness that usually accompany the month of December are, by and large, absent; sincere joy and a true sense of peace seem to be present in our lives. There is no doubt in my mind that Christmas-and dare I say lifein general-has taken on a new meaning, not only for the three of us here but for other members of our family as well.

(Continues...)



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Christmas Letters: A Timeless Story for Every Generation 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This "book" is ONLY 15 pages! Although the writing, and concept were great $10 is a ripoff! Soooo disapointed!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. It is timeless story that touches your heart each time you read it. Definitely a must read for each Christmas.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As the family has done for years, they all come together to share Christmas with Grandpa. Four generations invade the patriarch¿s home to shower each other with love. However, this year turns out slightly differently as Grandpa announced to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild that 'This may be the last Christmas I get to spend with each of you¿. He gives his beloved relatives nine sealed individualized notes using the letters in the word Christmas to symbolize the recipient. The loving notes explain how each brought joy and happiness into his well filled contented life as well providing them with a life parable. --- Christmas is coming soon, but Grandpa proved accurate as he died in the summer. Yet everyone gathers at Grandpa¿s house because they all believe he is there for them through his letters and in spirit to celebrate Christmas with his loved ones. --- This novella is a terrific tale as each of the family members receive a precious memento from a person held in high regard and cherished by all. Readers will appreciate the gift from Grandpa as Bret Nicholaus provides touching short vignettes of what Grandpa as says in his letters to each person. THE CHRISTMAS LETTERS is an uplifting holiday tale that reminds the audience what really is blessed about life is giving and receiving love. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so inspirational. It reminds us what is really important about Christmas.