I wrote this children’s Christmas book several years ago. I’ve shopped it around to a few publishers, but no one will bite. Give it a look-through and let me know your thoughts. Would you buy it for your kids?
The Christmas Keeper
by Andrew Toy
But sadly, Christmas had come and gone once again, and everything was returning to boring ol’ normal. Somehow New Years just wasn’t as exciting and magical as Christmas. Soon school would start, the snow would melt, and all the good toys would be broken or boring to play with.
So Luke got an idea. It was one of those, “I’m going to change the world!” ideas that every kid gets at various times in their lives. His idea was to make Christmas last for the whole year! Thanks to Luke, every day would be Christmas!
But how was he going to accomplish that? Luke would first need to ask for some advice on the matter.
Luke first went to his brother Joe and asked, “Joe, is it possible to make Christmas be every day of the year?”
“No way,” Joe said. “All the Christmas light bulbs would eventually burn out and we’d end up with no electricity and I wouldn’t be able to listen to my music.”
Luke thought about this for a while. He thought, and thought, and thought. And then he landed on a thought that he liked!
Then Luke went to his sister Mary and asked, “Mary, if someone wanted to, would they be able to make Christmas last every day?”
“I guess they could,” said Mary. “But Dad wouldn’t be very happy having to cut down a new tree every month. You know how sore he gets after hauling it into the house, and then Mom makes him help vacuum up all the needles and clean up all the sap from the furniture, then he gets in one of his moods…”
Luke walked away because his sister would just keep talking all night if he stayed there. But she did have a point – it wouldn’t be fair for Dad to have to cut down a new Christmas tree every month and haul it all the way to the car and drive it home and haul it from the car to the house.
So Luke, being the good son that he was, set to work by planting Christmas tree seeds all over the back yard. That way, when their Christmas tree died there would be plenty more new ones to take its place and his dad wouldn’t have very far to carry it.
Then Luke went to his mom and asked, “How would you like Christmas to last every day?”
“That doesn’t sound like much fun to me,” exclaimed Mom. “If Christmas lasted every day, then I would just end up being stuck in the kitchen baking Christmas cookies for you kids and Dad and it would never end. I don’t think I could handled that.”
Luke liked this idea about the cookies. Of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies! So Luke went straight to the kitchen and made enough batches of Christmas cookies to last for two years!
Exhausted after cleaning up from his mess, Luke went to his dad and asked, “Dad, why can’t Christmas be every day of the year?”
“Well,” said his dad,” I think it’s because Santa wouldn’t be able to keep up his job having to deliver to kiddos all over the world every single day.”
Luke thought about this, and his dad was right. That would be quite a chore for the old jolly guy! So Luke found an idea somewhere in all of his thoughts. He packed all of his old Christmas toys in a box and mailed them to the North Pole with a letter telling Santa that the toys could last him until at least July.
Later that night, Luke prayed to God and said, “God, it’s tiring making Christmas last all year. Every time I have a new idea I have to clean up the last idea I had and Mom and Dad don’t like me very much setting off the smoke detector when the cookies burn.”
And then Luke thought some more and more and more. And in all of his thoughts, he found a very shiny thought that came to him because he thought so hard. And with this thought, Luke finished his prayer to God:
“I guess it makes sense that Jesus would have only one birthday just like the rest of us. And I know He’s coming back to take us to Heaven. And when I think about Heaven and what it will be like, I bet it will be like Christmas every day there! And in Heaven, we’ll never run out of lights or trees or food or gifts.”
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