I enjoy buying a beautiful Christmas-theme storybook to read with my children during the Christmas season. By the time they are grown, we should have quite a collection. I imagine sitting beside my Christmas tree reading these same loved books with my grandchildren some day. This year, I found a real treasure!
If you’re not familiar with Pearl Buck’s story (and I wasn’t), you are in for a real treat. First published in 1955, this is the tale of a fifteen year old boy who realizes how much his father loves him, and this stirs up in him such great love for his father that he wants to give him something really wonderful for Christmas. The only problem is that it is already Christmas Eve and the boy doesn’t have time to buy anything. So lying in bed on Christmas Eve, he thinks of the best gift of all.
This is a touching story of real love and giving of oneself. My eyes teared up several times while I was reading it to my children. I love that it promotes a healthy view of family and a positive image of a fifteen year old young man. I love that, in this book, my children can see a picture of self-sacrifice and the types of gifts that truly show love. And it’s all done so beautifully. Pearl Buck was a very gifted writer, and Mark Buehner’s illustrations are cozy and comfortable and familial.
Reading this book together each year will definitely be one of my favorite family traditions.