Christmas is Family
On Christmas Eve, on a rural Michigan farm, a young boy and his grandparents are about to discover a special bond. Two generations, far apart in age, separated by misunderstanding, will find out how strong family ties can be.
Christmas is Tradition
On this night of bright and gentle wonders, thirteen-year-old James and his grandfather will begin an unforgettable adventure that tests all the strength of an old man and all the courage of a young boy, reminding us of traditional American values...and our heritage of determination, perseverance, and faith.
Christmas is Love
On this night of joy and miracles, Glendon Swarthout's beautiful story captures the sprit of the season, reminding us of what we too often forget-that the greatest gift of all comes from the heart.
I really enjoyed this book.
A very small book with large print, published originally in 1977 as The Melodeon. It's the Great Depression and a young boy is sent to live with his grandparents in Michigan for a year because since his father lost his job, his parents just can't give him the life the elders can on their farm. It's Christmas, one without material gifts, but those of the spirit (LITERALLY) will make up for it. It's a sweet tale, an interesting one when it speaks of the winter on the farm and the neighbors and local church. The grandmother wants one thing, and that is to donate their melodeon to their tiny church as a Christmas gift, but it's Christmas eve and there is a blizzard out.
I love Christmas stories, but usually non-fiction because well, dare I say it, most fiction Christmas tales for me are just smary. I like this one, and do recommend it.