|Christmas Tree, the (1996) [Novel]|
by Julie Salamon
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Christmas has always been a time of remembering old favorites--the ornaments that we unwrap with care, the carols we sing, the friends we gather around us--and, perhaps most of all, the stories, filled with magic and wonder, that have come to almost define the season itself. The Christmas Tree is such a story.
Narrated by the chief gardener from Rockefeller Center, it is the tale of a little girl named Anna from New York City who is orphaned and sent to live in a convent. Lonely and unaccustomed to her new surroundings, Anna befriends, as only a child can, a tiny fir tree. "Tree," as she calls him, becomes Anna's best and most special friend. They grow up together, unlocking the secrets of friendship as well as sharing the wonders of nature. Indeed, it is this profound appreciation and love of nature that Anna later, as Sister Anthony, passes on to her adoring students. Of course, nature is not without its tragedies, and when Tree is threatened by a cruel winter storm, Sister Anthony, now an old woman, decides to finally give up her dearest friend--allowing him to become what is perhaps the most enjoyed and famous Christmas tree of all.
The perfect story for Christmas, The Christmas Tree is about growth, learning to love, and finally, being able to share that love with others, allowing it to be reborn, remembered and cherished forever.
(from book jacket)
Original title: The Christmas Tree
Genre: Fiction→ Religious→ Christianity→ Seasonal And Holiday