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.
The Third Gift follows a boy and his father as they work in their trade, collecting the “tears” of trees. This precious commodity, commonly known as myrrh, is hard to obtain and it is a family skill to be able to find large and beautiful pieces of such tears. The narrator, the boy himself, tells us of his father’s lessons on how to find a proper tear and how one special day they find a very large tear. This tear is sold to three men, searching for a babe. The tears, commonly used for funeral purposes, will be presented to this baby when found. Through the eyes of the young boy, we see a different perspective of the first Christmas, the Magi, and the gifts given to the baby Jesus.
I enjoyed this book for many reasons. For one thing, it was a very unique view of the traditional Christmas story that had nothing to do with the birth of Christ and more with the treasures gifted Him. The author gives the readers a note in the back of the book on both the history of myrrh and how intriguing it is that this was one of the gifts given to Jesus, a symbol of his future death and the fact that myrrh was used to mourn the death of one who was beloved. It is a well-told and illustrated tale that definitely has something to teach the reader.
QoTD: what is your favorite scent of Christmas candle? My favorites tend to be the tree scents, like evergreen and spruce.