General Fiction Review: The Christmas Tin by Roderick J. Robison
Release Date - November 28, 2012
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
For years, Jesse Maclean has placed a Christmas tin in his family's window, and this year his daughter asks why. He'd been trying to come up with a story to tell his family for Christmas, and her question provides the perfect answer. He's going to explain how the Christmas tin came about and why the treasures within it are more important than any gift purchased at a store.
I know it's not yet the holiday season, but stores are already putting up Christmas displays. Plus, this is the time of year when the rush of Christmas-themed stories come out. I wanted to kick off the holiday book season with The Christmas Tin.
The Christmas Tin really covers a number of decades starting centuries ago. Most of the story takes place when Jesse was a youngster and working a paper route to bring in extra money when his father heads off to the Vietnam War. There are tearjerker moments, but overall it was the message of faith that shined through and made me really enjoy the story. There's even a touch of O'Henry's The Gift of the Magi within the book. As that is my favorite Christmas story, I felt it was a nice touch.