I remember the first time I heard him read the book in 2004. I had never heard the story before, and it touched my heart.
A few years before, I had started a Christmas tradition with our family by reading a Christmas book before we open our presents from each other on Christmas Eve. As soon as I heard him read the book that evening, I knew it was the one I would share with my family.
You see, finding the right book had been a little more difficult that year. My mother had died in July, and it was our first Pennsylvania Christmas without her. When my dad asked for a copy of the book after I read it that evening, I knew my choice was right. I quickly gave him mine.
Today students in chapel heard that same touching story, a reminder of what truly giving of yourself at Christmas is all about.
Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer