The Christmas Box: 20th Anniversary Edition

By Richard Paul Evans

A exact anniversary version of the unforgettable Christmas vintage that has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers: “the preferred vacation story considering the fact that Tiny Tim” (Newsweek).

Since The Christmas field was first released, greater than 8 million humans around the globe were touched by means of its magic. it's a vacation vintage that's as liked in our time as A Christmas Carol was in Dickens’s.

This certain twentieth Anniversary version encompasses a new creation via the writer, explaining how this own tribute to his kids, meant for only a few kin and acquaintances, turned a world phenomenon that brings thought and therapeutic to all people who reads it. As he reiterates his purpose to remind households of the preciousness in their love for every different, Evans explains how The Christmas field has additionally helped childrens who've no households locate love and wish. The miracle of The Christmas field springs from its undying message that is familiar with no season.

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This was once the which means of the Christmas field, that sometime i'd flip round and my little woman will be long past . . .

How quick the time has handed. this day these little ladies for whom I wrote The Christmas field are adults. What hasn’t replaced is the relevance of my little tale. Now, simply because it used to be one thousand years in the past and may be one thousand years from now, mom and dad nonetheless examine their kids and consider their hearts breaking a bit, realizing that the single promise of adolescence is that sometime it is going to be long gone. it's my private wish that, for hundreds of years to come back, the message of The Christmas field will suffer as a reminder of the sanctity and holiness of a parent’s love. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

—From the creation to the 20 th Anniversary variation

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