The Christmas Box: 20th Anniversary Edition

By Richard Paul Evans

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

Since The Christmas field was first released, greater than 8 million humans world wide were touched by way of its magic. it's a vacation vintage that's as cherished in our time as A Christmas Carol was in Dickens’s.

This unique twentieth Anniversary variation incorporates a new advent through the writer, explaining how this own tribute to his young children, meant for only a few relatives and neighbors, grew to become a world phenomenon that brings thought and therapeutic to every person who reads it. As he reiterates his purpose 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 desire. The miracle of The Christmas field springs from its undying message that is familiar with no season.


This used to be the which means of the Christmas field, that sometime i might flip round and my little woman will be long gone . . .

How speedy the time has handed. at the present time these little ladies for whom I wrote The Christmas field are adults. What hasn’t replaced is the relevance of my little tale. Now, simply because it used to be one thousand years in the past and should be 1000 years from now, mom and dad nonetheless examine their young ones and think their hearts breaking a bit, understanding that the single promise of youth is that sometime will probably be long gone. it really is my inner most wish that, for hundreds of years to come back, the message of The Christmas field will undergo as a reminder of the sanctity and holiness of a parent’s love. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

—From the creation to the twentieth Anniversary version

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