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Kevin Alan Milne
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The Paperbag Christmas

4.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,152 Ratings  ·  278 Reviews
A heart-tugging lale of a boy who discovers the true meaning of Christmas through friendship with a troubled little girl
Published 2006
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To fully enjoy and appreciate this humorous, heartfelt, and serendipitous Christmas-themed story, one needs to let go of adult-world realism and cynicism, and read with a youthful heart and hopeful innocence. I did.... And I'm glad I did.

We must never get so old and set in our ways that we lose our childlike wonder and joy.....

"When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmastime. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?" - Gilbert
Dec 18, 2008 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was written by our friend Kevin Milne. This is a great story that everyone will love. I highly recommend it.
Lori Henrich
Feb 22, 2015 Lori Henrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this!!!! It was heartwarming and shares what the Christmas season is supposed to be about.

Aaron and Molar were busy eating leftover turkey sandwiches when their dad hurried them along so that they could go to the mall and see Santa. Both boys are shocked because they really didn't believe in Santa anymore, and their dad sounded excited about getting to the mall. Upon arrival the boys get in line and are given a piece of paper to write down all of the things they wanted to receive for Chr
Shayne Bauer
May 21, 2016 Shayne Bauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my students recommended this book to me. It is the perfect "feel good" holiday book. I ended up purchasing a copy as a gift for a family member. Be sure to have tissues for the ending!
Dec 02, 2008 Josie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Christmas books.
Recommended to Josie by: librarian
This is probably the best Christmas book I have ever read! I strongly suggest you read this book! It made me cry the last couple of pages, but the rest of the book you will laugh out loud!
Nov 23, 2008 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not expect to like this book, but I read it in an evening and found it both moving, touching and inspiring. Really made me remember what the holiday season is all about.
For a book that is trying to send a message about unconditional love, friendship and goodwill, the author relies heavily on stereotypes for his characters and dialog.
Deb Stern
Dec 09, 2014 Deb Stern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story
Dec 15, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read. One of the best I've read. Really shows the true meaning of Christmas. Warning: a tear jerker.
Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
Every Christmas season there are several wonderful, inspiring novels published. I read one each year to get in the spirit, in addition to returning to old favorites. My new book this year is The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne. The first thing that caught my eye after seeing it was a Christmas-themed book, was the author's last name. According to Milne's web site, his mother has done research that links them with the author of the Winnie the Pooh stories. That's a fun bit of information! ...more
Nov 25, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second reading of The Paper Bag Christmas. I first read it in December of 2008. It is a lovely story to revisit.
Two brothers make a visit to the mall Santa and are convinced to join him in helping with some children, many terminally ill, at the local hospital. One little girl, suffering with a brain tumor, always wears a paper bag over her head to cover her scars and loss of hair. Mo, the younger brother, befriends her in spite of, or maybe because of, a series of ill-chosen remarks
Dec 27, 2010 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those stories that is meant to be read while holding a steaming mug of hot chocolate and curled up on a comfortable couch in front of the fireplace.

Mo(lar) and Aaron Alan are two ordinary boys who, thanks to a little trick played by their father, which starts with them deflating the legs of an apparently legless father and ends with them volunteering in the children's ward of a hospital for the Christmas season, have the opportunity to experience their first "real" Christmas at a
Dec 13, 2008 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Christopher Ringle, a pediatric oncologist, is the last person you'd expect to find moonlighting as Santa Claus at the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. He recruits nine year old Mo and his older brother as volunteers at a nearby children's hospital for the holiday season. They meet many children and learn alittle more about Christmas than they thought they would.

I found this to be very touching, sensitive and an inspirational story. You will not be able to hold back the tears of sorrow an
Mandy Morrow
Nov 03, 2013 Mandy Morrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! One of the best books I've ever read! When Molar and his brother are forced to go to the mall and see Santa, they meet someone who is more than just a guy in a red and white costume. They meet Dr. Chris Ringle who says if they help him deliver gifts to the cancer patients on floor number 5 of the hospital, he will give them a Christmas gift far better than they've ever imagined. They meet some inspirational friends along the way and experience something much greater than m ...more
Dec 02, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mostly very good story about two young brothers who help in the children's ward of a hospital during the Christmas season. The Christmas pageant happenings are heart-stirring, and the friendships developed believable. The search for Santa is fun and the fourth wise man who finds faith are a good fit for the story. But the ending is too much. It's over-the-top everything works out: Tons of good comes from one sad loss, which is nice but not very realistic. Something good may come from tragedy, ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys Christmas stories
I really enjoyed this story about two young brothers who learn to value what's really important in life. The book was thoroughly engaging, the cast of characters was memorable, and the message was heartfelt. Highly recommended.
Dec 05, 2014 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 12, 2015 Alysonsharp rated it really liked it
I thought this year I would start reading books in the genre of Christmas. This was a quick read. I am a slow reader managed to read it in 2 days and I only read before bed.

I wasn't sure what to expect as I normally don't read Christmas books. Maybe I don't read them for fear of them being filled with too much syrupy contrived feelings. This book had a little sugar but it was palatable and it was mostly at the end.

What I liked about the book, was that it really came off, in parts, like it was th
Dec 06, 2014 Antonio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, the best Christmas gift is never found in the most fanciest wrappings, but in a lowly paper bag with holes.

Christmas isn't about the season, the decorations, the songs or even the gifts. It isn't what we see, hear, taste or smell, it is what we feel, what we know and what we believe.

Find a place inside you, where all life's distractions and disappointments can't enter, there you'll find that the child you left behind peacefully sitting, waiting and hoping, full of joy and hope in his/
Jan 09, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring novel.
Dec 18, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed Kevin Alan Milne's other books, but this one -- not so much. It was his first book (according to what I'm piecing together on Goodreads), and it's a Christmas novel (which my book club friends affirmed is like the literary equivalent to a Hallmark movie), so maybe that why.

This book's got:

~ a kid dying from cancer (so I feel like a jerk giving this book two stars -- yep; I'm heartless).

~ a main character who is mature beyond his years. He doesn't seem to mind spending the bulk of
Aug 14, 2013 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 04, 2013 Mitch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright, I'm going to get very personal on this one.

Holiday season is here again! When this time of year rolls around I like to wrap up in a blanket near the fire, grap a delicious cup of hot chocolate (with Baileys of course!) with an old album of Bing on the stereo and read a cozy Christmas novel. In this 2013 Holiday Season, "The Paper Bag Christmas" by Kevin Alan Milne was my first one of the year. I read good reviews, so I thought I would give it a go. It was good, but didn't earn a gold s
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
If there was ever a year when we needed a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, this is it. The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne is just the book to help us reflect on that.

The book opens on the day after Thanksgiving with Mo and Aaron Alan going to the mall to visit Santa. One of Santa’s elves gives them a sheet of paper to write their Christmas wish list on while they wait in line. Both boys fill up every line with every toy they can imagine. After waiting in line for two hours, th
Kay Martin
Dec 06, 2012 Kay Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves a good Christmas story
Recommended to Kay by: Read it for a Christmas Book Disscusion Group pick.
I loved this book. It will be one that I read on another cold December night to remember what it taught me the first time that courage, friendship, and selflessness are at the core of the meaning of Christmas. I will again ask myself the question that Santa asked the two brothers who are the main characters of the book or are they the main characters? I will let you be the judge of that question. Now the question, "What would think if Santa told you you wouldn't get all the stuff you asked, for ...more
Nov 17, 2008 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Paper Bag Christmas is a perfect example of the greatness of quality rather than quantity. Often it is very easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas, with all of the materialistic hype that revolves around the holidays. However, with The Paper Bag Christmas, author Kevin Alan Milne brings to light the true meaning behind this celebrated time of year. It is not what we get or even what we can give material wise, but rather what we can give of ourselves and in return receive the greatest g ...more
Bobbie  Crawford
Oct 30, 2008 Bobbie Crawford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!
The Paper Bag Christmas,
Written By: Kevin Alan Milne
Published By: Center Street, A division of Hachette Book Group Inc., USA, 2006, First Edition, 150 pages, hardback, ISBN 978-1-59995-073-0

The Paper Bag Christmas is a tear-jerking and captivating Christmas story that will have a profound and lasting effect on everyone who reads it!”BCM

The Alan brothers are like most other children their age when the Christmas Season comes around. Images of toys, gifts, candy canes and over-flowing stockings da
Jan 23, 2010 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kevin Milne's first novel, The Paper Bag Christmas, is a sweet little volume that tugs on your heartstrings at the same time that it tickles your funnybone. The writing style is occasionally (rarely) a little awkward, but for a first novel it is relatively smooth and palatable. Without revealing too much, Milne writes of a nine-year-old boy and his brother who accept an offer they can't refuse from a mall Santa...the offer of "everything they never wanted for Christmas."

Soon, they find themselv
Gina (My Precious Blog)
Summary: After visiting Santa one Christmas, two young brothers, Molar and Aaron are enlisted to spend the month of December as Santa's "elves" helping out on the oncology floor at a children's hospital in Portand, Oregon. They are both promised the "best Christmas gift they never had" in exchange. Through the guidance of Dr K. Ringle (a pediatric oncologist, who the boys secretly suspect may be the "real-deal" Santa Clause) they meet many children with life threatening illnesses. During this ti ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
An inspiring, charming little story about finding "everything you never wanted for Christmas".

Mo and his brother Aaron meet Santa at the mall. Santa is a pediatric oncologist and instead of simply giving them a present, he enlists their help as Santa's elves in the children's ward at the hospital. Each boy is tasked with getting to know a specific patient.

Aaron befriends Madhu, a charming boy who, although not Christian, has a fascination with Christmas and wants to learn all he can. Mo befriend
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Kevin Milne was born in 1973 and grew up in Sherwood, Oregon, a quiet country town south of Portland. He earned a diploma from Sherwood High school in 1991, in a graduating class of fewer than one hundred students.

In college, after studying such varied fields as film, journalism, communications, pre-dentistry, pre-law, and German, Milne eventually earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology
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