The Christmas BoxeBook - 2012
When Richard Paul Evans wrote The Christmas Box , he intended it as a private expression of love for his two young daughters, Jenna and Allyson. Though he often told them that he loved them, he didn't feel that they could ever really understand the depth of his feelings until they had experienced the joy of rearing their own children, and by that time their relationship would have changed forever. In writing The Christmas Box , he hoped that at some time in the future they would read the book and know of their father's love.
As Evans began to write, he was amazed at the inspiration that flowed into his mind and heart. He completed the moving story of a widow and the young family who comes to live with her in less than six weeks, and bound twenty copies to give as Christmas presents to family and friends. In the following weeks, those twenty copies were shared and passed along from family to family, from friend to friend, and what began as a tale for two little girls became a message of miracles, hope, and healing for people throughout the world.
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After living in southern California, Rick and Keri return to Utah with their four-year old daughter Jenna to start up a formal wear rental business many years ago. The couple answers an ad for a live-in family to prepare meals and do light household chores for a wealthy, elderly woman, but the details are not given. The arrangements are made and the family enjoys staying with their new matriarch, Mrs. Mary Anne Parkin in her spacious Victorian mansion. Rick begins hearing music and is drawn by an angel to examine items in the attic of the house. He finds a music box with the Nativity etched onto its surface. Inside are intimate letters dated from years before.
Rick's work forces him to miss much of the goings on in the house and he is short on time to spend with his young daughter. Mary chides Rick for ignoring his daughter at bedtime, recommending a book for him to read to her. She also poses to him a question about the first gift of Christmas. Keri is disturbed by several absences by Mary from her home in snowy December weather. Eventually, the family learns their hostess is afflicted with an inoperable brain cancer. After she is hospitalized, Rick learns the letters were written to her long dead daughter who is buried in a cemetery across the street.
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