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The 13th Day of Christmas

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Marva Fergusen has a very personal Christmas tradition that happens every December 26th. As an aging widow, the tradition means more to her now than it ever has.
Her newest neighbor, nine-year-old Charlee Alexander, loves Christmas too. But her family has fallen on hard times and things get worse when Charlee becomes critically ill.
Then, on December 12th, Charlee makes a wo
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published November 14th 2012 by Shadow Mountain (first published 2012)
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Life is moving along at a nice clip until Charlee's Dad Thomas, loses his construction business and then home in bankruptcy. Most is sold off in a yard sale and they move to where Thomas can find work. the home they can afford is in an old trailer park called 27 homes, far from their old home.

Big brother Zach struggles with the move. Mom Emily is working to make ends meet. Dad has multiple jobs as they come available. Charlee is left alone to walk the neighborhood where unfortunately people are

Author: Jason Wright
Published by: Shadow Mountain
Age Recommended: All Ages
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5

"The 13th Day of Christmas" by Jason Wrightwas a wonderful Christmas book that I throughly enjoyed and well written. It was a quick read for me in that once I got started I didn't put it down until the very end. It was a interesting story of how this story of the 13th day of Christmas came about along with this authors development of characters were simply well th
WOW! Knock my socks off. I stayed up late to finish this book. I could NOT put it down. My first Jason Wright book but it will be the start of a new addiction! You will instantly fall in love with both of the main characters, young Charlee and Ms Marva. I love all the apron talk and the personalities are larger than life.

What is a fun book and should be, also has a HUGE meaning and is much more! We all love Christmas (well most of us!) but on December 26th, do we go back to normal? Jason's point
Maybe more of a 2.5. I don't really feel like I wasted a few hours of my life reading the book, but I didn't particularly enjoy it, either. Ambivalent might be the word to describe how I feel about it. I do like the 13th day concept, though. I was quite annoyed by little technical things that could have been easily fixed. I found it distracting that the author seemed to jump in methods of telling the story. What was with the one journal entry? Name spellings were not consistent. And why was the ...more
Inspired Kathy
The 13th Day of Christmas was my "Christmas Read" for this year. I read and enjoyed Wright's book The Christmas Jars a couple years ago and decided to give this one a try.

From the reviews I had read I was expecting to need a box of Kleenex while reading this book but found myself dry eyed throughout. That doesn't mean it was a touching story because it was. Just for me personally I found it more inspiring than sad.

Anyone who has listened to the song The 12 Days of Christmas may have had thought
Cheryl, The Book Contessa
I rated this book a solid 3 stars. It was a sweet story, a fast read. It is of the Christian fiction genre, which I didn't know going into it; but somewhat expected because it is a Christmas themed book. A very sweet spirited girl affected by hard times for her family & medical issues. She meets an unexpected friend in the trailer park where they need to move. Some of it is corny,yet still very sweet. The book, for me, had 4 stars right up to the ending, when the author seemed to amp up the ...more
Marva, an 80 year old apron collector befriends Charlee, a little girl sorely in need of a friend. Charlee's family has hit hard times and moved into a low income trailer park near Marva. Marva has lost both her husband and son but still celebrates Christmas with gusto. When Charlee becomes deathly ill her family and Marva work to keep her spirits and theirs up, especially since Christmas is just around the corner. You will love both Marva and Charlee, they have spunk and humor in their souls. T ...more
Truly beautiful and touching to the heart. I needed tissues. This touched me in a way that I see things a little different. I think this year I am going to start using the 13 days of Christmas...well after I talk to the elves of course. If I could see the look on someone's face as I felt in this book, it would make everything just so grand. This is definitely a keeper. I would recommend it to all of the people I know. This story just a way that grabs your attention and captures every emotion ima ...more
Diane A Brown
The 13th Day of Christmas by Jason F. Wright

Imagination mixed with mystery…

Christmas is a joyous holiday that brings happiness to everyone… but not always. Sometimes we become so wrapped up in our own small worlds that we forget the reason for the season. The 13th day of Christmas is about giving, quite literally, even when it hurts. Two families become acquainted when a devastating loss sets one family so far back they can’t see daylight and it just keeps snowballing. Then a kindly eighty-one y
If you never read another Christmas book as long as you live, if you are so hardened and cynical that a small book that focuses on the grandeur of eternity would cause you to turn away in disgust, you still need to read this book.

Throughout my childhood, and well into my adulthood, December 26th was a kind of let-down day. The gifts were opened; some were broken, and others were returned; still others were cherished for years and even decades. But the day after Christmas was often a quiet day fo
I've never cried so much over a book before! This is such an inspirational and uplifting book. Being a religious person myself, it reminded me to focus on my faith every day because you just never know when your last day is.
The writing is great, no errors that I noticed and reads fluently. The book is not one that grabs your attention right away but if you givebit a chance- you can't put it down. I would suggest reading it at Christmas time just for the effect, but I just read it in May and love
Oh my... this is one of those books that sticks with you long after you turn the last page. I laughed a little and cried a lot. Felt hope and happiness and the true meaning of Christmas. The stories for the 13 days were so creative and lovely... the characters strong enough that my heart ached for them, just as if they were my own family. I loved Jason F. Wright's "The Christmas Jars" - this is another stellar performance by him! You MUST read it!!!
This book had me at the clothesline. What a sweet story about an 80 something widow and a young girl. They become best friends. As the book progresses they both get very sick. Walkie-talkies are purchased so they can talk with each other. The importance of the 13th day is: If our lives don't change with the influence of the Savior in it, what have we gained. This is a much read! for anyone who believes in Christmas.
Jary Welker
A quick read but a powerful message. If you are a Jason Wright fan as I am you will love this story of hope and faith in the most challenging of times. May your 13th Day of Christmas be filled with the determination to wake up a different man or woman because of He who was born in such humble circumstances on the 12th Day of Christmas.
Predictable. This book, for the most part, was exactly what I expected and everything I thought would happen, did. I liked Miss Marva's character. I like the idea of the 13th day of Christmas. And I loved the aprons. In fact I'm considering starting my own collection. I didn't like the bad editing. I didn't like that the story was as predictable as it was. I hated the ridiculous notes that accompanied each gift. They could have been fun and silly but they crossed the line in to absurdly stupid. ...more
This was a great Christmas story. There was a such a special friendship formed between 9 year old Charlee and 81 year old Marva. The Traveling Elves and the revised edition of the 12 days of Christmas made me laugh. I loved the message of the 13th day at the end of the story.
I absolutley loved this book. It is a good book to see what the real meaning of Christmas is all about. I highly recommend it to everyone. Thank you Jason for another great book. As I told you keep them coming!
I loved this quote from one of the reviews: “This story touched me in so many ways. I shed tears for bad news, for good news & most of all for the Love of God has for us all.”
A widow with an impressive apron collection takes a little girl and the girl's family under her wing. They support each other through a very difficult Christmas, as the girl--Charlee--gets very sick, and Marva nears the end of her life. Gifts start appearing for Charlee for each of the 12 days of Christmas, along with fantastic stories about the origins of the gifts. It's not until they reach the 13th day of Christmas, however, that understanding truly begins to dawn.

Like his "Christmas Jars" bo
What a wonderful story, but most especially the challenge at the end to rededicate ourselves to living our lives as the Savior did, with love and service for all.
Chris Unwin
I throughly enjoyed this Christmas book. There were times when you wanted to laugh. Times you wanted to cry and times you wanted to stand up and cheer out loud. The story could be depressing if you let it, but has such a beautiful message of faith in hope and of a loving Heavenly Father. It is a Christian read and so if that isn't what you like to read, read it anyway. It really is all about love between the characters and their growth as neighbors. It has a fun 13 days of Christmas idea for nei ...more

Great Christmas read with a "to do" ending like in The Christmas Jar...
Synopsis: "Marva Fergusen has a very personal Christmas tradition that happens every December 26th. As an aging widow, the tradition means more to her now than it ever has.
Her newest neighbor, nine-year-old Charlee Alexander, loves Christmas too. But her family has fallen on hard times and things get worse when Charlee becomes critically ill.
Then, on December 12th, Charlee makes a wonderful Discovery. A mysterious note is delivered that promises twelve days of gifts and stories that will reveal
9 year-old Charlee is getting used to her new reality. Her family no longer has a home of their own, they now live in a trailer in a much smaller town than they lived in before. She has no friends and her older brother Zach just wants to play video games. Then Charlee meets Miss Marva. Miss Marva is a widow living by herself in the only home in the small trailer park where Charlee's family lives. Charlee and Miss Marva become BFF's despite their large age difference. They are almost inseparable. ...more
The 13th Day of Christmas by Jason F. Wright
5 Stars
Warning don't forget the tissue. This story touched me in so many ways. I shed tears for bad news, for good news & most of all for the Love of God has for us all.
Our family has had the twelve days of christmas given to us. We have had fun giving and trying to runaway without being caught. I wish I had thought about giving the 13th Day then but I will in the future.
Marva Ferguson collects aprons she has over 150 of them. She is a lovely wido
I will never listen to the song The Twelve Days of Christmas without thinking of Charlee and Miss Marva. When Charlee's family falls on hard times and must leave their comfortable life and move to a trailer park, Charlee forms an unusual friendship with their elderly neighbor Marva. A bond is quickly formed and the family adopted by the kind widow Miss Marva. It seems Marva has the gift of making the person she is with feel like they are important and special. She shares her love of aprons and C ...more
If you have never read any of Jason Wright's books you are in for a treat. His books will always leave you with a good feeling and some life lesson learned. This life lesson will enhance your life for the better. The 13th Day of Christmas follows this same pattern as the other books written by Jason; such as The Christmas Jars, The Wednesday Letters, and The Cross Gardener.

The 13th Day of Christmas has two of the most memorable characters that I have "met" in a long time. Miss Marva, the older
Edited Review: 12/28/12 - Revised Rating to 3.5

Original Thoughts:

This is a bitter sweet story intended to be an affirmation of faith and a reminder to keep "Christ" in Christmas.

As someone who has twice lost a close family member on Christmas Eve, I found it very difficult to read. While I can see the comfort it may offer for some, It was not the "feel good story" for which I was looking.


So, I guess this is one of those stories that needs time to percolate before the overall effect sneaks
The song becomes engrained in our memory before we begin Kindergarten, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five gold rings! We all know “The Twelve Days of Christmas. Could there be a lost lyric? Is there a thirteenth day of Christmas? New York Times best selling author of The Wednesday Letters, Jason F. Wright, explores the possibility in The 13th Day of Christmas, his most recent book published by Shadow Mountain.

Charlee Alexander and Marva Ferguson are the odd couple. In terms of frie
The Deal: Marva Ferguson lives at the edge of a trailer park in the house she shared with her husband, there she enjoys collecting aprons (she has over 150 of them) and going about her day. Carlee Alexander just moved to the 27 homes trailer park because her family didn't do well with the turns of the economy and the lost their house.

Carlee is a bit lonely in the trailer park, with her parents always gone working and her older brother Zach always in a bad mood. She tries to makes friends with s
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Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author.

Jason is a weekly columnist for the Deseret News and Northern Virginia Daily and articles by Jason have appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. He is the author of The James Miracle (2004); Christmas Jars (2005); The W
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