It was seven years ago that my sister sent us the original story that is now a beautiful new holiday book- A Calisbury Christmas. We were living in West Africa in a hot, dry, dusty town bordering the Sahara. It felt nothing like Christmas, but as I read the words of her story, I started to tear up.
Here was the meaning of Christmas.
A little boy leaves his own town full of love and light, so he can bring the light of Christmas to a nearby village shrouded in darkness.
And isn’t this what we were attempting to do—
trying to bring the light of Christ to the dark villages surrounding us.
It took seven years (along with a number of setbacks and disappointments), for my sister to make the dream of her story a reality, but I’m happy to say that it’s finally here this season.
A Calisbury Christmas by Marisa Grace Porter is beautifully illustrated by Adrianna Vanderstelt. With its lovely illustrations and its timeless message, A Calisbury Christmas is destined to become a holiday classic.
The story begins with a young boy making a pot of rosemary potato soup for Christmas. He discovers he’s missing the essential ingredient and so decides he needs to go to the nearby village and find it. Once there, he’s surprised to find the village dark with no knowledge of Christmas or the reason for the celebration.
“Elijah had one goal–to save his family’s Christmas tradition of rosemary potato soup. But when this quest led him to a village that was as dark and cold as his own was bright and merry, he had to choose between keeping Christmas to himself or sharing it with others.”
You can order a copy from the author’s website.
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