This Christmas will be the most difficult one for Josie, her mother, and little brother, Bobby Joe. It is the first holiday for this depression-era family since the death of their father and husband. He had always taught this simple...
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This Christmas will be the most difficult one for Josie, her mother, and little brother, Bobby Joe. It is the first holiday for this depression-era family since the death of their father and husband. He had always taught this simple family that "Christmas is not about what we want. It's about what we have." But this Christmas, all Josie could think about is what she had lost. Trying to fill the emptiness, Josie begs her mother for a new blue sweater she has been admiring in the store window for weeks. She knows they can't afford it, but she wants desperately to know joy again. But in the form of three visitors and a surprise sacrificial gift on Christmas morning, Josie finds the joy she is seeking in the true meaning of Christmas.
Frank Ordaz has painted for George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic, where he worked on such Academy Award-winning films as E.T., Return of the Jedi, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1980 with a major in Illustration, and has won an ECPA Gold Medallion Award for the childrens picture book, The Very First Christmas. He lives in Auburn, California.
On the first Christmas since the death of their father and husband, a Depression-era family receives three visitors and a surprise sacrificial gift that reflects the true meaning of the blessed day.
Kathleen Long Bostrom is a Presbyterian pastor and the author of several books, including "99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children" and "Finding Calm in the Chaos: Christian Devotions for Busy Women".