These 25 heartwarming stories are set during the holidays in the years between 1906 and today, amid historic events when people came together and found opportunities to exchange the true gifts of Christmas: kindness, encouragement, forgiveness, peace, hope, belonging, and more. The main character of each story is a boy or girl, man or woman whose heart opens to give or receive love, bringing personal transformation and causing them to always look back and say, "That was the best Christmas!" Each story is penned by A.R. Cecil with a gentle twinkle in her eye, giving the reader delightful twists of plot, and revealing Mrs. Cecil's warm understanding of human relationships-with each other and with the Creator who sent his Son that first Christmas Day. A story collection that will rekindle the reader's own memories, giving perspective to the present and hope for the future. Perfect to read during Advent or any time of the year.
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That Was the Best Christmas!: 25 Short Stories from the Generations based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I like "That Was the Best Christmas: 25 Short Stories from the Generations," by A.R. Cecil, so very much that I have purchased 15 copies of this book for Christmas gifts. They make great presents! This book will probably make the absolute best gift people with children or grandchildren. As the author explains in her "Introduction," the fact that there are exactly twenty-five stories in this compilation makes it possible for one story to be read to the children from December 1 through December 25--which is perfect for Christmas preparation. Alice Cecil even designates which ones of her stories are best for reading to girls, while others might be best for reading to boys. Each of the stories concerns a very specific, intangible Christmas gift, which is explained at the beginning of every story. All the characters whom the author has crafted, painted, and developed from her actively creative imagination really have a way of drawing the reader into their stories. Please join with me in becoming acquainted with Joseph Wakefield, the Sullivan-family members, the Radcliffe family, Mr. Damato, Simon Jeffery Thomas Bradshaw, Mr. Henry Milburn and Scott, the Carmichael family, Max Rodriguez and Mrs. Sophia Garcia, Mr. Richards and Mrs. Mattingly, Gray Lady, Emma "in the Middle" and Mr. Johnson, Grace Armstrong and Paul Underwood, and Mr. Thurman--to name just a few of them. Additionally, these stories will inform the reader how "mashed potatoes," buttons, and plates actually affect Christmas, after all! Many of the stories invite the reader into Christmases of bygone days, but they can still relate to Christmas this year and int the future, as well. Mrs. Cecil has not written simply ordinary Christmas stories but, instead, she has composed quite sublime ones for us in order to greatly enrich our holidays!