Christmas is the time of year for tales that move us and for stories that showcase small miracles, a time for suspending cynicism and renewing our faith in human nature. As I looked through my list of past reads for my December book review, I came across this heart-warming tale that I read last year. A Dog named Christmas is the story of a developmentally challenged boy and how his passion for animals changes life for his family and for the people of his town.
Todd McCray hears that the local pet shelter is seeking homes for the animals over Christmas. His father at first refuses his request to take in a dog, but finally bows to Todd’s persistence. After Todd has picked a dog, that he names Christmas he starts to worry about the other pets at the shelter. And the story goes from there. This is a wonderful Christmas read that will be especially enjoyed by any animal lover.
Greg Kincaid, a practicing lawyer who specializes in divorce and family law mediation, has written other novels including Christmas with Tucker. He has received a Genesis Award from the Humane Society for raising public awareness for sheltered dogs.
Now I’m ready to re-read another heart-warming story, the Christmas classic, A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.
And, I would like to revisit still another Christmas story involving animals, The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot. This story of a Christmas miracle which I read to my children many years ago, can be found in James Herriot’s Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children.
And, having satisfied my sentimental side, my Christmas wouldn’t be complete without some mayhem and mystery, such as Anne Perry’s
A Christmas Homecoming, A Killer’s Christmas in Wales by Elizabeth J. Duncan and Christmas Mourning by Margaret Maron.