“The Christmas Card” is a collection of stories about the effect one person can have on many others. The book begins with a young man wishing to give his girlfriend a special night out, but his plans are thwarted when she chooses to leave their dinner to go help a young mother who needs heat in her home.
At first, Cole is angry, but he reflected on her words to him just before she left: “You think I do things for others. I don’t do it for them at all.” This makes him realize that what had attracted him to Sarah was her loving heart.
He realizes the only way to keep their relationship is to join her in loving others and helping those less fortunate. So he sends a letter to every friend of his talking about his epiphany and asking them to find someone they can help that holiday season. The remainder of the book consists of stories about the responses to his letter.
The author also includes discussion questions for the reader’s reflection and a section to record personal notes.
“The Christmas Card” is a charming story for this season of the year. It reminds me of a mix of “The Gift of the Magi” and “In His Steps” — books that demonstrate the gift you give yourself when you think of others first.
This is an enjoyable read and a thoughtful gift for a Christmas stocking.