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Christmas is around the corner but not for the Van Sloten family. In the depths of the Great Depression, poor families like the Van Slotens are lucky to have a roof over their heads. Work is scarce, and there hasn't been enough of it to provide even the necessities, let alone a luxury like a holiday celebration. But when Tom, the oldest son, takes it into his head to provi ...more
Hardcover, 153 pages
Published October 20th 2000 by Shadow Mountain
(first published October 1st 2000)
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This was a second read for me. I decided to read a couple of my Christmas books this Christmas season and I enjoyed reading this one again. This is set in the Great Depression and is a story about the oldest boy of a family putting together Christmas for his family. I find it hard to understand the kind of poverty many families faced during this time period and this is a great example of how happiness can still prevail during times of great hardship. I wish more people these days including my ow ...more
This was a story written about the experience of her husband Tom Poelman and his family during the depression and what life was like. I thought it was wonderful gave a lot of insight as to how family lived and had to go through. What a big heart Tom had and also the challenges that people who have not are treated by people who have. It surprises me when people with the gospel treat others so unkind. Good Book. good author
I loved this story, and I wish that it was real. The story is about a teenage boy that takes his family's hardship and turns their christmas in to a Christmas they'll never forget. This boy is just how I hope my kids will be when they get older: self-less, smart, determined, and hard workers.