(This is a reprint of a blog post from last year, but with holiday shopping going on, and Thanksgiving a week away, it is NOW ok to start getting a new Christmas book for the family!)
I’ve mentioned in the past that I am an avid reader. I’ve been reading damn near every day since at least the 4th grade, and maybe even before. Getting a book for my birthday or Christmas was the perfect gift. What else could you get, for the price of a movie, that gives you many many hours of fun.
Nowadays, I carry my iPad or my Kindle everywhere I go, and I read whenever I get the chance. I usually have 2 or 3 books going at anyone time.
When asked for gift ideas for people, one of the first things I think of is a book! Those who can write and get a book published are to be admired. Which is why I am excited to do this post. One of my oldest friends, Jim Devitt, has written a book that would be perfect for the holidays!
I am lucky enough to have read it and I can share them with you!
Last year as this time, Jim published “So This is Christmas”
The story revolves around Tony (GREAT name for a character) who has lost the Christmas spirit. This causes a the house to be unsettled and tense at the time it should be happy and joyous. This disturbance in the “force” brings the ornaments on the tree to life to make things right!
And here is where I truly enjoyed the book. Jim could easily have fallen back on the customary “Lets all help Tony, we are silly sappy ornaments and no real personality” shtick. Not Jim. Think now, if you were an ornament and hadn’t moved in years (or ever) what would you do?
Yep, skiing ornaments were carving down the tree, there was singing and dancing, and merriment by all! Santas were bickering over who was the real Santa. This was the crew that Elmsworth, the oldest ornament on the tree, had to whip into shape and try to save Christmas.
I won’t go into any more details, as I don’t want to ruin the read, except for this, I was very impressed with Jim’s tree. He was able to add ornaments that reflected his love for baseball as well as modern video games. PLUS, and I think this is key, Elmsworth had to spend time convincing his team what to do before they could complete their mission. These were little people, with personalities and fears, not just Christmas clones.
This would be an excellent book to read to the kids as Christmas gets closer, or to put in the stocking of the Tweens in your family.
And, if you ever get the chance to spend quality time with Jim’s Christmas tree, take it. If there is any place that magic might happen, it will be there!
This is one I would order now, and start reading with your kids. Maybe around the newly decorated Christmas tree!