Christmas Traditions: True Stories that Celebrate the Spirit of the Season by Helen Szymanski
Grandma's heirloom ornaments. The family carol singalong. Aunt Millie's fruitcake. We all have our special holiday traditions we practice year in and year out. This book not only embraces these old standbys, but also explores unique rituals celebrated the world over. This heartwarming collection evokes the memories of Christmas past with such stories as:
Holly Berry Dreams, in which a young girl hangs holly leaves above the doorway as a sign of better times to come while waiting for her father to return from war
PJ Presents, featuring a single mom who enlists her neighbor to leave new pajamas on the front porch every Christmas Eve to surprise her children
Too Much Christmas, in which a young mother buys up all the leftover tags on the Giving Tree, leaving her with too many tags and too little money
Christmas Diaries, featuring a Scottish family who exchanges a diary every Christmas with their extended family in Germany that details the highlights of the past year
With touching stories like these, this book is the perfect gift to commemorate old traditions and create new traditions--for many Christmases to come.
Helen Szymanski (Milan, MI) has more than twenty-five years of experience in the publishing field. Over the years, she's worn many hats, including that of a newspaper reporter and editor, photojournalist, columnist, anthologist, book author, website writer, ghostwriter, book editor, screenwriter, and movie and book reviewer. She is the editor of Classic Christmas and Christmas Through a Child's Eyes.