Published: September 1, 2015
Format: via NetGalley
For the first time since their children were born, empty nesters Judith and Stan Winters spent Thanksgiving without the kids, and it's looking like Christmas will be the same. Judith can't bring herself to even start decorating for the holiday; her kids always hung the first ornaments on the tree, ornaments they had made each year since they were toddlers. Sure they were strange-looking--some could be called downright ugly--but they were tradition. A tradition she's heartbroken to miss this year.
With Judith refusing to decorate the bare spruce tree in their living room, Stan knows something must be done. And his only hope for saving the holiday is found in a box of handmade ornaments.
Fan-favorite Dan Walsh invites readers to enjoy this nostalgic Christmas story that celebrates all of our most cherished seasonal traditions, especially the importance of family. Readers will join in remembering the things that make their own Christmas season so special.
Keeping Christmas is what I consider Christmas in a book. This book truly represents what Christmas is all about at least in my eyes. In Keeping Christmas, we met Judith and Stan who are living a nice retired life in Florida but as the holidays draw near Judith can't wait to have all her family together again. They were alone at Thanksgiving but as Christmas approaches, they find out that each of their kids and their families can't come home for Christmas. Judith is devastated and knowing that her kids aren’t coming home she soon loses all of her Christmas spirit. Stan didn’t realize how hard Judith would take the bad news but as the holiday draws near he is determined to help his wife regain her joy with a little help from family and friends.
Keeping Christmas definitely shows us that Christmas is really more about giving than receiving. Stan gives up his dreams in order to make his wife happy and make her whole again and that’s what makes this story so joyful. It definitely gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside something that only seems happen during the holidays. If you love cozy family stories than this one might be just the one for you.