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"Keeping Christmas" was inspired by Jeanne's son, Steven, when he was 8 years old. The original illustrations were done by her older son, Barry, when he was 11. Of those drawings, only the cover of the book remains as his. In what turns out to be a universal theme, Steven did not want to let go of the Christmas season and when the tree was taken down, it symbolized the definitive end of Christmas. From Steven's actual despondency, the author contrived the young boy's imagination for a way to keep the Christmas tree with the family all year long. Ultimately, his mother offers a more practical solution and what is actually the essence of Christmas. The theme does not relate to presents, Santa Claus or religion. It is all about heart.
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By Jeanne La Rose
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Chapter OneSteven had a problem. Tomorrow was the day. He had asked and pleaded, but his parents would not change their minds. Tomorrow was definitely the day ...
... the Christmas tree would be taken down.
How could they do this?! Why do adults want Christmas to end?? His Mother had said all kinds of things that didn't make sense: "The tree is drying out and will lose it's needles" Steven suggested they add ornaments and other things to the empty spaces
Steven had also suggested that the decorations be changed for each of the Holidays. Hearts on Valentine's Day, decorated eggs on Easter ... His Mother had laughed. His brother laughed even harder and jokingly teased about flags on Flag Day and sparklers on the 4th of July.
But Steven really meant it
To Steven, there was nothing more magical than a Christmas Tree. People talked about Christmas for weeks beforehand, and shopped way before Christmas, and even put up other Christmas decorations. Until the tree was up, though, it wasn't really Christmas. In that wondrous moment when his Dad stood on a chair to put the star on top of the tree, and his Mom plugged in the lights and the WHOLE tree lit up, well, for Steven, that was when Christmas was really here.
Steven had always thought it was the same for every one else. Even his parents got all excited when the tree was lit up. It wasn't the presents under the tree— no, it was the tree! Long after Christmas morning when all the gifts had been opened and there were no more suprises, you still felt the magic each night when the lights were turned on. It was like Christmas all over again. He and his brother had been allowed to sleep under the tree —just like camping— with their sleeping bags and pillows and late night chatter all about Christmas. It was the tree that kept it going.
Tomorrow, that would all end.
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