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The First Gift of Christmas Hardcover – September 1, 1996
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In The First Gift Of Christmas, a loving father considers whether he has given his children enough of what is most important during the Christmas season -- faith and magic to last throughout their lives. He discovers the first gift of Christmas (a parent's love) as he recalls the love of his own parents and considers his own role as a parent. Vivid descriptions of the four seasons of Christmas (Advent, Christmas Eve, Christmas Morning, Christmas Night) accompany his thoughts about giving and receiving. Filled with charming Victorian-style illustrations that capture the gentle spirit of the Christmas season, The First Gift Of Christmas is a celebration of love and together that will delight families everywhere. Highly recommended family Christmas reading! -- Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Richard Paul Evans first wrote The Christmas Box as an expression of love for his (then) two daughters and distributed 20 copies to close friends and relatives. His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas has since gone on to be a nationwide bestseller among people evrywhere of the same heart.
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He compiles his thoughts and introspections on Christmas and divides them into four seasons: Advent, where Christmas asks if we are ready to make room for it in our hearts and give it access to our lives; the Eve, which is a tribute to the love and the sacrifices parents make as excited children lie in bed in anticipation of what is to come; the Morning when tattered paper and empty boxes symbolize a completion of the journey, a journey that is always more important than the destination; and the Night when a parent reflects and asks "Is it enough?" hoping that he has given his child enough magic to inspire, enough celebration to show the importance of family and community, and enough gifts to show the greatest gifts are received in the giving.
This book is quite an eye-opener for parents who hope to share with their children the true meaning of The First Christmas and shows clearly why the First Gift of Christmas...a parent's love...is still the most important aspect of Christmas. The book is very brief, easily read in a mere fifteen minutes, but its message will ideally last a lifetime.