Hi everyone, sorry I have been away all week, but I do feel much better for taking a week out. I have managed to do all my Christmas shopping and I have nearly wrapped them too. The decorations are all up and the house is looking really festive. All I have left to do is buy the food and drink for Christmas.
So now that I am gradually moving into the festive spirit, I thought it only best to review one of the Christmas books I managed to read this weekend.
The Christmas Box is a relatively short book and can be read easily in one sitting. It may be a very short book, but it packs one hell of a punch at the end.
The story is about a young family who are struggling to make ends meet and get an offer to move into an old mansion with a lonely widow. The move benefits everyone in the household. The family begin to turn their finances around, even though Paul struggles to fit in family life with the growing amount of work. Mary, the widow benefits from the company of the family, especially the little girl. The story follows their lives in the run up to Christmas and you find yourself immersed in a lovely American way of life.
Within the book a couple of important questions are asked and both of these questions stuck with me.
The first one asked was 'Which of your senses is most affected by Christmas?
For me, I knew instantly that my sense of smell was the most affected. I love nothing more than the smell of cinnamon and oranges wafting around the house. I buy scented oils to burn and I love the aroma they give off. I also love the smell of the turkey cooking on Christmas evening, tantalizing my taste buds at the same time. Also the smell of mulled wine, warming on the stove.
I love the smell of crisp frosty mornings, that actually hurt your nose when you inhale. Also the smell of the freshly cut Christmas trees at the garden centres waiting to be taken home and decorated by a family that will love them right through the festive season.
As a child, the smells that I remember clearly are the ones of my mum cooking. I used to love it, when she began cooking sausage rolls and mince pies the week before Christmas.
Now you know which of my senses is affected the most, I would love to know which of your senses is affected the most and why?
The second question asked in the book was 'What was the first Christmas gift given?
Now I knew the answer, but it didn't come to me straight away. The answer was a parent's love.
The passage from the book said,
'The first gift of Christmas was love. A parent's love. Pure as the first snows of Christmas. For God so loved his children that He sent His son, that we might someday return to Him.'
Now you know I am not religious, but I found that really powerful and it made me think about what is really important at Christmas. It is not the presents,not the cards, not the cleaning of the house, but spending time with the people you love.
I loved this book, I thought it was absolutely beautiful and I would recommend it to any parent who is struggling with the run up to Christmas. This book makes you realise what is really important in life. You need to look at what you have around you and feel blessed to be so lucky. I read this book and felt very emotional when I finished. I know I spend my life rushing here, there and everywhere and never really appreciate what is under my nose. This book has definitely made me reevaluate the important things in life.