The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon“Truly I say: The person who LOSES their self will FIND their self.”
I’ll be brief.
This was the most touching work of Christmas fiction I’ve EVER READ!
I was misty-eyed like a kid at the end. It was THAT good...
And the BEST gifts come in SMALL PACKAGES.
Here’s the setup:
Sister Anthony, the protagonist, had a hard childhood. Real hard.
When her loving father passed away in those early years, she was left alone in the world.
But her aunt knew a group of nuns in New Jersey, close to the child’s Manhattan home, who loved kids, and nurtured their souls.
So the child joins this cloistered family, a stranger to their ritual and their way of life.
BUT her loneliness just deepens.
Until she meets TREE.
Then, a MIRACLE happens.
Her life blossoms, and she finds a natural love, and plenty in common to laugh about with the kids who come to the convent!
Cause she’s found her self.
But ONLY -
As long as she has TREE.
But when a sensitive stranger from NYC (is that POSSIBLE? Believe it!) wants to change that, she has to make a decision...
But THAT’s just the beginning.
No spoilers, friends...
It won’t take you very long to read it.
But if you do it’ll MAKE ALL YOUR FUTURE CHRISTMAS MEMORIES TRULY WONDERFUL!
And it may restore your HEART and SOUL...
IN PLENTY OF TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!
The Last Christmas Tree
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Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year! I try super hard not to be busy and just have simple Christmas seasons. Having a simple Christmas season always includes plenty of time to sit with my children and read tons of Christmas books. Here are a few of our favorite books about Christmas Trees! Find them at your local library, and make time to read through them with your kiddos.
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I've said it before and I will say it again: Christmas should be a book-themed holiday. From books as gifts to literary inspired ornaments and decorations, it's the perfect holiday to celebrate not only family, friends, and the spirit of giving, but reading, too. Christmas stories and book page decorations are an important part of the celebration, but like a traditional Christmas, the most important part of a bookish holiday is the tree, which, of course, should be made out of books. Nontraditional, I know, but Christmas trees made out of books are economical, environmentally friendly, and absolutely stunning. They showcase your favorite authors and stories, and finally give you a place to put all the books you usually have stacked haphazardly around your already cluttered apartment. Like traditional trees, they can be strung up in lights, wrapped with tinsel, and decorated with ornaments, and they will instantly give your living space a more festive feel, no watering, vacuuming, or tree trimming necessary.
It has been suggested by The Irish Times as being her finest work,  and was chosen by the Irish Independent to be published as one of the books its "Irish Women Writers" collection. At the age of 45, Constance Keating a failed writer living in London, having just given birth to a daughter is told that the weakness she had been experiencing was not as a result of her pregnancy but due to Leukaemia. She has returned to her childhood home in Ballsbridge , a suburb of Dublin , determined to die at home and not fight the disease in hospital - much to the consternation of her sister Bibi, who has agreed to look after the baby. She writes to Jacob Weinberg, a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor with whom she had a brief affair whilst on holiday in Italy, to tell him he is a father and inviting him to come and take the baby away and look after it. As Christmas approaches and the disease advances, she drinks whisky and the occasional painkiller, under the care of Bill, her sympathetic GP, and Bridie, a young Catholic girl recruited by her sister. The narrative switches between her slow decline and episodes from past life, including leaving Trinity College and moving to London, her literary failures, the death of her parents, and prominently her short time spent with Jacob. The novel was adapted for television in by Yorkshire Television with a screenplay by William Corlett and directed by Herbert Wise.