Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old by Various Authors
Release Date - October 4, 2021
The original paperback was released several years ago. Now, you can get Home for Christmas in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook, too. This collection of Christmas stories is an easy read, and each story shares a tale of the magic of Christmas, the power in giving over receiving, and family.
There are so many short stories in Home for Christmas. One that I loved was Katherine Paterson's "No Room at the Inn." It's set in Vermont, so it already appeals to me for that reason. It's about the son of innkeepers who go away and he has the inn to himself for the holidays. There are no guests to take care of, so he's looking forward to the relaxation ahead and knows he will refuse anyone who comes knocking, and then a family in need approaches him looking for a safe place to stay.
Here's where it gets tricky. There were other stories that also tugged at my heart, but I didn't take notes this time. I can't recall the authors' names. One that did stick with me was a story about Catholic school boys assigned to hand out gifts to specific children in town. Unfortunately, the farther the boys go, the harder it is for them to bypass certain houses and ignore those children. Could I tell you who wrote it? Not really, and by the time I'd finished all of the stories on my e-reader, I didn't want to backtrack and find it again. That's my fault for not taking notes, but sometimes when I'm reading, I don't like having to stop and take notes. I just want to get lost in the story.
Many of the stories are religious in nature. Some of them felt a little preachy at times, which may turn some readers off. My suggestion is skip past the stories that aren't grabbing you and focus on the rest, which are true gems.