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4 Books Families Should Read This Christmas

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When it comes time to start decorating for the holidays, I drag out more than just the tree and ornaments. There are 4 books that I bring out every single Christmas season, not only because it is tradition for us to read them through out December, but the stories lift our hearts.

If you've ever turned on the radio to a country station during the holiday season, you might have heard the song "Paper Angels". Jimmy Wayne, who is a country artist that sung "Paper Angels", bring us an inspirational story about The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Project. It will fill your heart with hope and compassion. I can't get through the book without crying but it always make me feel like there is still hope for humanity.

It has become a tradition in many families that they read Christmas Jars. Rising newspaper reporter Hope Jensen uncovers the secret behind the "Christmas Jars" – glass jars filled with coins and bills anonymously given to people in need. But Hope discovers much more than she bargained for when some unexpected news sets off a chain reaction of kindness and brings above a Christmas Eve wish come true. In fact, a lot of neighborhoods across the country, and possibly the world, have started their own versions of The Christmas Jar.

A young woman, who has been adopted as a child by a loving family, has only a Christmas ornament inscribed with the word “Noel” as a keepsake of her birth family, about whom she remembers nothing. When long hidden memories resurface, she begins an emotionally challenging personal journey as she searches for her biological sister and clues about her mysterious past.

(Keep tissues on hand. Trust me on this.) Robert is a successful attorney who has everything in life-and nothing at all. Robert is on the brink of losing his marriage. He has lost sight of his wife, Kate, their two daughters, and ultimately himself. Eight year old Nathan has a beloved mother, Maggie, whom he is losing to cancer. But Nathan and his family are building a simple yet full life, and struggling to hold onto every moment they have together. A chance meeting on Christmas Even brings Robert and Nathan together-he is shopping for a family he hardly knows and Nathan is shopping for a mother he is soon to lose. In this one encounter, their lives are forever altered as Robert learns an important lesson: sometimes the smallest things can make all the difference.

Even if you don't read these together as a family, just reading them will fill your heart with compassion, and maybe bring a few tears to your eyes.

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