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The 13th Day of Christmas
     

The 13th Day of Christmas

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by Jason F. Wright
 

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Marva Ferguson has a very personal Christmas tradition that happens every December 26. As an aging widow, the tradition means more to her now than it ever has.

Her newest neighbor, nine-year-old Charlee, loves Christmas too. But her family has fallen on hard times and things get worse when Charlee becomes critically ill.

Then, on December 12, Charlee

Overview

Marva Ferguson has a very personal Christmas tradition that happens every December 26. As an aging widow, the tradition means more to her now than it ever has.

Her newest neighbor, nine-year-old Charlee, loves Christmas too. But her family has fallen on hard times and things get worse when Charlee becomes critically ill.

Then, on December 12, Charlee makes a wonderful discovery. A mysterious note is delivered that promises twelve days of gifts and stories that will reveal the truth behind the beloved Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas." As the days go by, the gifts hint at a possible lost lyric. Was there once a 13th day of Christmas? And if so, could its magic change—or save—a life?

If Marva knows something about the "letters from the Elves," she's not telling. However, you don't live as long as Marva Ferguson and not have a secret or two—including a whole lot of faith—in your apron pocket.

Filled with laughter, tenderness, and hope, The 13th Day of Christmas invites us to see how an old Christmas favorite can become a true Christmas miracle.


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609073732
Publisher:
Deseret Book Company
Publication date:
10/10/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
448,576
File size:
906 KB

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Marva considered whether Charlee would ever hang laundry with her again. Would she wear one of Marva's aprons? Pick dandelions? Spin on the stump?

She had a hundred questions and only exhausted guesses for answers. When all the questions came and went, when the answers tumbled into one sad unknown, Marva was left with only one: Would Charlee live to see Christmas?

Meet the Author

Jason Wright is a New York Times bestselling author of Christmas Jars and The Wednesday Letters, and his articles have appeared in over fifty newspapers and magazines across the United States. A popular speaker, Jason has been seen on CNN, FoxNews, C-SPAN, and on local television affiliates around the country. Jason and his wife, Kodi, live in Virginia with their four children.

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The 13th Day of Christmas 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd or 4th time I've read this book! Everytime I read it, there iis something new I hadn't seen before. You become so involved in the lives of every person in the book and go deeper into the meaning of Christmas in a fresh new way. Read it to your kids young or old. Every age will thoroughly be touched and blessed by this book!
linda56 More than 1 year ago
this is my book club's monthly pick for december i'am hope to they enjoyed it as much as i did next i'm doing the the elves days of christmas
Dtyer21 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I bought it last year and read it...but then I couldn't find it so I purchased it again on my Nook! This is such an amazing christmas story! Makes me want to make my own Advent calendar and do all those special things that Marva did
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this because it was our book club selection. It is not something I would have chosen, however I am glad I read it. I really enjoyed the story and the meaning behind it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing! I just finished reading it. I think it really captures the meaning of Chistmas. In fact, I want to try this tradition myself. I wouldput one million stars for the rating. I hope you enjoy the book immensely. D-D
Melanie-Ski More than 1 year ago
Life is moving along at a nice clip until Charlee's Dad Thomas, loses his construction business and then home in bankruptcy. Most is sold off in a yard sale and they move to where Thomas can find work. the home they can afford is in an old trailer park called 27 homes, far from their old home. Big brother Zach struggles with the move. Mom Emily is working to make ends meet. Dad has multiple jobs as they come available. Charlee is left alone to walk the neighborhood where unfortunately people aren't overly friendly. Charlee sees an elderly woman in the one house in the neighborhood and she waves Charlee over. Miss Marva is a widow and her and Charlee become fast friends. Miss Marva is a collector of aprons, each with different saying and symbols on them. One for every day of the year. When Charlee comes over to help decorate for Christmas, Miss Marva has an apron chosen for her. Bad news hits in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner at Marva's when Charlee passes out from what later is found to be a brain tumor. The Christmas elves bring Charlee a letter daily for the 13 days before Christmas. Celebrating the traditional 12 days of Christmas song, but tweaking it to be a bit more fun for a young girl. Each day a gift comes with the note as well. A very special bond between Charlee and Miss Marva develops as God puts these two lonely hearts together just when they need each other most. They are blessed with their time together and their love and friendship is cross generational. This was a beautiful Christmas story, with strength and love. Miss Marva is a saint in her reaching out to Charlee and her family, and it has blessed them as much as it did Marva herself. Jason Wright has written a Christmas classic that I will read each season!
TheReadersCove More than 1 year ago
Christmas is a joyous holiday that brings happiness to everyone… but not always. Sometimes we become so wrapped up in our own small worlds that we forget the reason for the season. The 13th day of Christmas is about giving, quite literally, even when it hurts. Two families become acquainted when a devastating loss sets one family so far back they can’t see daylight and it just keeps snowballing. Then a kindly eighty-one year old neighbor opens her heart and their worlds become intertwined. This story will alter your perspective.