Saturday, December 14, 2013

“The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas”
by Madeleine L’Engle

 I want to suggest reading a marvelous short story by Madeleine L’Engle, an award winning author.  It is a Christmas story to share with the family as you approach Christmas Day.
The Austin family lived in a time before computers, cell phones, and TVs.  Father was a doctor.  Mother stayed home caring for John, Vickie and Susan.  During advent the family planned a special activity for each day before Christmas.  It was a busy time.  Vickie was looking forward to being the angel in the Christmas pageant!  Mother was expecting a baby in early January and Vickie was concerned that the baby would come early and Mother wouldn’t be home for Christmas or the pageant!  When a huge snow storm arrived on Christmas Eve the pageant was cancelled, much to Vickie’s disappointment, but a wonderful surprise happened that filled Vickie’s heart with love!  Can you guess what it was? 
This is a story of Christian faith, family values and God’s love.  I hope you enjoy the book!