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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (16 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931722951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931722957
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,596,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the heartwarming tradition of Richard Paul Evans's The Christmas Box, THE CHRISTMAS LETTERS is the perfect gift to inspire every member of the family. With the whole family convened for holiday festivities, Grandpa speaks from his heart to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild."This may be the last Christmas I get to spend with all of you, so I want to give each of you a personal letter." The nine envelopes Grandpa hands to his family each contain a personal story of how they brought joy to Grandpa -- and a life lesson that will stay in their hearts forever.The inspirational story of Grandpa's letters will warm hearts and move readers to reflect on the ways their lives have been touched by their loved ones. Families will share together the joy of THE CHRISTMAS LETTERS, and its message of the true heart of Christmas, year after year.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
I got this book as a recommendation from a friend of a friend. I didn't enjoy it myself but I can imagine other people might. It's small and sincerely written, but it is also cringe-worthy in its smaltz-y message. The heavy hand of Christianity filters through it.
Not a bad read if you love Jesus, but if you are simply quite friendly with him, this book is not for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Looking for a book for the whole family? 22 Dec. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Yesterday Bret Nicholaus read "The Christmas Letters" at the school where I work. I was "hooked" from the very beginning. 100 grade schoolers sat without moving or talking throughout the reading. This book is truly excellent for family reading. Even the youngest members will more fully understand the meaning of Christmas after they have heard the story.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
uplifting holiday tale 7 Oct. 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As the family has done for years, they all come together to share Christmas with Grandpa. Four generations invade the patriarch's home to shower each other with love. However, this year turns out slightly differently as Grandpa announced to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild that "This may be the last Christmas I get to spend with each of you". He gives his beloved relatives nine sealed individualized notes using the letters in the word Christmas to symbolize the recipient. The loving notes explain how each brought joy and happiness into his well filled contented life as well providing them with a life parable.

Christmas is coming soon, but Grandpa proved accurate as he died in the summer. Yet everyone gathers at Grandpa's house because they all believe he is there for them through his letters and in spirit to celebrate Christmas with his loved ones.

This novella is a terrific tale as each of the family members receive a precious memento from a person held in high regard and cherished by all. Readers will appreciate the gift from Grandpa as Bret Nicholaus provides touching short vignettes of what Grandpa as says in his letters to each person. THE CHRISTMAS LETTERS is an uplifting holiday tale that reminds the audience what really is blessed about life is giving and receiving love.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
good story! 3 Feb. 2006
By E - Published on
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this story. It talks about Christmas traditions and their place beside the true meaning of Christmas (Jesus). For all ages.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Christmas Letters 18 Jan. 2007
By Albert Siebern - Published on
Format: Paperback
I first "heard" this book at a church women's group. Two of the ladies

presented it as the program. One read the letters - and at different times during the reading, the other lady placed items (mentioned in the book) on the table or board. It was very touching - brought back many Christmas memories to those of us present. Very well written. I, myself,

was so impressed, I ordered a copy for four of my grown children as a Christmas gift for each family.
a gift for anyone on your list. 21 Nov. 2006
By Reader Views - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Reviewed by Susan Pettrone for Reader Views (11/06)

"The Christmas Letters," written by Bret Nicholaus, is a heart-warming tale of a Grandfather's love for his family and the legacy he left them, that only he could provide. The reader is instantly drawn into the setting for this book, a family gathering in which everyone surprised when typically quiet `Grandpa' asks for everyone's attention and proceeds to hand out envelopes to each member of the family. As the family sets spellbound, Grandpa explains that he would like each member to open their envelopes. As the family follows Grandpa's wishes, confused glances are exchanged when hand cut red velvet alphabet letters tumble onto the table in front of each member of the family.

As the family sits silently, Grandpa explains that each letter symbolizes an important part of the holiday for him. Continuing on, Grandpa tells each recipient what their letter means to him and why each letter stands for a special part of Christmas. Combining the letters C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S, he explains, adds up to what makes Christmas complete for him. The family members realize that he is in fact telling them that they are each an important part of Christmas for him and without one of them; his Christmas would not be complete. As they sit silently thinking about their individual letters, Grandpa reaches for another envelope, tears it open, and withdraws the letter "J." Confusion is once again seen in the faces around the table until Grandpa speaks. He tells them that the "J" stands for `Jesus' and says..."without this piece of Christmas, there can be no peace of Christmas." As the meaning dawns on the family, Grandpa cuts the "J" into small pieces and hands one to each person present. With this simple gesture and the deep faith behind it, the family is reminded of what Christmas really means in their lives and how Jesus is the "piece" that defines Christmas for what it truly is.

This book touched a part of my heart that I didn't expect it to, upon first opening the cover. I found myself transformed to a Christmas Eve celebration, with my own family in attendance and saw through its pages, how everyone adds their own special "piece" of Christmas to the family. I was touched by Grandpa's love for his family and his need to tell them so. I too have an older father and I know my Christmas' with him will someday be no more. Somehow, through reading this book, although it brought tears to my eyes, it also brought a peace to my soul as well. It is a book that I intend to purchase for many friends this holiday season, as it is one of timeless love and deep faith as well. It is not just a story of Christmas but a story of deep love for not only family but for Jesus as well.

I would highly recommend "The Christmas Letters" as a gift for anyone on your list. It is a book that is rare indeed, as it can touch the youngest and the oldest heart alike with its message. It would be a welcome addition to any family bookshelf and reading it aloud could easily become a family tradition during many Christmas seasons to come. This book is one that will stay with you long after you close its cover and will touch you every time you read it. It is a jewel of a book for the Christmas season ahead and one that should be on everyone's "must read" list.

Book received free of charge.
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