The Christmas Tin (A Holiday Novel) by Roderick J. Robison
Jesse Maclean is concerned that the commercialism of the holidays has distracted his daughter from the real reason why Christmas is celebrated. He determines to tell his daughter a Christmas story. One that conveys the true meaning of the holiday. And he knows just the story. The year is 1968 and Jesse’s father is serving a tour in Vietnam. Jesse and his mother are struggling to make ends meet. He gives little thought to the approaching holidays. That changes however, when he is befriended by Ardella Calder, an elderly customer on his paper route. During a visit, the woman shows Jesse her Christmas Tin. Inside it are gifts from her most memorable Christmases. As she tells Jesse the stories behind the gifts, he slowly comes around. But just when things are looking up, the Macleans receive a telegram with dire news about Jesse’s father. It is during this time that Ardella tells Jesse a final story, a poignant, war time holiday story. A story to guide Jesse through his grief and show him that sometimes faith and hope can bring light to even the darkest of places.
“An especially appropriate read during the Christmas season, The Christmas Tin would make a popular addition to personal, family, and community library collections.” The Midwest Book Review
“There are tearjerker moments, but overall it was the message of faith that shined through and made me really enjoy the story.” Roundtable Reviews
“I definitely felt the Christmas Spirit after reading this book. The message is uplifting and heartwarming. It’s an inspiring holiday story.” Readers’ Favorite