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Christmas Gift! [With CD (Audio)] Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press; Har/Com edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088146211X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881462111
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This charming account of the celebration of Christmas in a Fayette County, Georgia, family is re-created with joy and appreciation of the quirks among the author's extended family. Sams, a novelist ( Run with the Horseman ) who is a practicing physician, captures the essence of storied Southern hospitality in a melange of vignettes recalling Christmases observed in years that were lean as well as bountiful. With acceptable hyperbole ("Our daddy was imbued with every masculine virtue that has ever been delineated"), and benign oversight of the perplexities of Southern society prior to World War II, Sams takes the reader into the comfortable "Big House" on Christmas Day, filled with aunts, uncles and wide-eyed chidren who, in the continuity of their traditions, give meaning to the word "family."
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I have been reading and re-reading this book every year for about 15 years.
Jerry F. Wasinger
We read it aloud a bit at a time on Christmas Day and a couple more evenings after.
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Dr. Sams was our nephew's doctor when he was diagnosed with diabetes at 11.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dena Sigman on January 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
Having been born and raised in the South, this book brought home memories of my own Christmases in the South. I could assign my own family member's names to his female family! I have to read this book every Christmas or something is missing from my celebration!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By wridill@pen.k12.va.us on January 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Christmas Gift! by Ferrol Sams is a delightful, sentimental story about his Christmas memories growing up in rural Georgia during the Depression. He talks about all the family traditions and the special ones he is trying to pass on to his grandchildren like the yelling of "Christmas Gift!" As an original Northerner, I felt like a reader from the South might relate to it more than I did, but I still enjoyed it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Sams weaves a marvelous tapestry of time and place, family and traditions, childhood dreams and aged wisdom into a beautiful story of Christmastime in rural Georgia. His poetic style is as riveting and splendid as the story itself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Sams' personal reminiscense of the holiday season delivers both rich detail of his boyhood in the South of the Depression and the timeless emotions of sharing love and joy that are the essence of Christmas. This uplifting book is short enough to read and re-read each Christmas season. It would be a fine gift for anyone who treasures family traditions, historical detail, and the wonder and excitement of the holiday season. Delightful!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David R. Grube on April 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Each year, at Thanksgiving or near Christmas, we drive to a nearby town for the celebration of a family holiday. We take this audiotape with us. And after many years, it remains fresh and new. Ferrol Sams has not only the magic gift of story-telling, he also IS a storyteller. This is priceless.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my grandmother. It was the last gift, and probably the best I've given her. The Christmas Ferrol Sams describes was the different and, at the same time, the same as the Christmases I experienced as a child. Christmas Gift is a loving tribute to long passed days and the memories our families created and passed on from one generation to the next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
This story allows one to get lost in a time gone by, when life was slower and simpler. Family was treasured then and you would have given your shirt to get home to that family, especially at Christmas. Ferroll Sams really shares some of the most endearing traits of the South that will make Southerners close their eyes to day-dream about their past, and leave other readers wishing they could truly relate.
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