Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle.
After selecting the book he believed to be the one, with tissue in hand, we curled up on the couch to read together one of the most beautiful and touching of Christmas stories. I have yet to finish reading the book aloud. Toward the end, I am always overcome with the emotions of this tender story, and Ben finishes reading it to me, while I wipe the tears away with the tissue he remembered to grab before we started.
This will be our seventh year to read The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. I no longer wrap each book, but we do gently place it and all of our other Christmas favorites in a basket next to the fireplace.
Even if you choose not to do any of these activities, please do find this lovely book at your library (or purchase it — you won’t regret the purchase) and enjoy this heart-warming Christmas story with your children.
Just don’t forget the tissues.