The Christmas Box: 20th Anniversary Edition

By Richard Paul Evans

A certain anniversary variation of the unforgettable Christmas vintage that has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers: “the most well-liked vacation story on the grounds that Tiny Tim” (Newsweek).

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

This particular twentieth Anniversary version incorporates a new advent by way of the writer, explaining how this own tribute to his kids, meant for only a few kinfolk and neighbors, grew to become a world phenomenon that brings proposal and therapeutic to every body who reads it. As he reiterates his goal to remind households of the preciousness in their love for every different, Evans explains how The Christmas field has additionally helped kids who've no households locate love and wish. The miracle of The Christmas field springs from its undying message that is aware no season.

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This was once the that means of the Christmas field, that sometime i might flip round and my little lady will be long gone . . .

How quick the time has handed. this present day these little women for whom I wrote The Christmas field are adults. What hasn’t replaced is the relevance of my little tale. Now, simply because it was once one thousand years in the past and should be 1000 years from now, mom and dad nonetheless examine their young ones and believe their hearts breaking a bit, understanding that the single promise of adolescence is that sometime it will likely be long gone. it really is my private desire that, for hundreds of years to return, 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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