Until recently, I had never heard of the Cole Family Christmas. However, this is a story that has been passed down from generation to generation. Hazel Kendle, 88, told the story to her granddaughter who got it down on paper for all of us to enjoy. More than 20 family members have had their hand in making this book come alive to us new to the story.
Hazel was one of the nine Cole children in the story. The tale is based on what really happened that Christmas when they were allowed to pick what they wanted from Santa from the Sears catalog. Since the Cole family were poor, this was an event that did not happen often. Unfortunately, a blizzard hit, and they ended up with a snowy Christmas surprise instead.
The back story of this book alone made me want to read this book myself. It truly shows the importance of getting your family history down on paper, so others can enjoy the stories you know and love. This book is for 10 – 12 years old. However, we have been reading it to our kids (who are 4 and 1). The chapters are short enough that we can read one a night and still keep their interest. Now, I read it in one sitting and loved it. My kids like the illustrations too.
This book is about the true spirit of Christmas and is a must read for everyone.