Merry Christmas season everyone! To celebrate all the holiday festivities, every day in December I’m posting a review on a Christmas book. I hope you all join me this December to enjoy some fun and seasonal cheer.
We all know the pain of losing a loved one and how hard finding things to celebrate can be after they are gone. The Christmas Thingamajig tells the story of a small family as they try to find the joy of Christmas after Chloe’s grandma is no longer around to spend it with them. Though Grandpa is still around, it’s not the same without Grandma’s goofy traditions and all her old “thingamajigs” that she can make out of anything. Chloe can’t bear being in the same house and trying to make Christmas when Christmas won’t ever be the same again – that is, until Grandpa shares a lesson on what it means to let go of the people we love while still remembering all the best times shared.
Written sweetly by Lynn Manuel and illustrated quaintly by Carol Benioff, The Christmas Thingamajig is a great story to share with children when going through a loss or just discovering what it means to make new traditions. I liked the way the tale was told and found the ending to be satisfying and bittersweet. I recommend having a laugh-out-loud book to read after you finish this, as you might find yourself feeling a little sad and sentimental after finishing.
Chime Time: What’s your best pick-me-up after reading something sad?