Dependable, Laurie Friedman, Kathryn Durst, Preschool, Primary, Christmas, Community Life, Holiday Spirit, Family

Document Type

Book Review


Seven-year-old Mary Christmas really wants to love Christmas. However, try as she might, she instead finds herself exasperated by her family’s overzealous observation of Christmas traditions. A super sized tree, a towering cart full of gifts, and enough lights to suck all the power away from the rest of the houses on the street are a small sampling of the embarrassments young Mary endures. After a visit with Santa Claus himself, Mary discovers a way to appreciate her family’s over-the-top observance of Christmas: to share it! A Christmas celebration too big for only the Christmas family is just the right size for a whole neighborhood, and Mary Christmas is finally able to have a merry Christmas.