I am an enormous fan of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series. I love his portrayal of vivid characters and I admire his use of religious themes in much of his work. When I picked up his novella, A War of Gifts: An Ender Story, I had no idea that I would truly be reading a Christmas story.
Christmas morning is just around the corner. Children are reaching a crescendo of excitement anticipating the possibilities of their gifts. Parents on the other hand, are desperately trying to find more time in order to complete their holiday shopping. Whether you are a child or adult the act of holiday gift giving and receiving is a major cornerstone of society. The tradition of gift giving to celebrate Christmas, while not definitive, traces its origins back centuries. This longstanding culture has in turn made the act of exchanging holiday gifts a literary theme throughout fiction. Read the rest of this entry
It’s the most magical time of the year! My husband often calls me “The Christmas Queen” because this just so happens to be my favorite time of year. So I think my December posts will easily fall under the umbrella of holiday charm. I have always loved the story of It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart. It is a classic film based off of the short story, The Greatest Gift by Phillip Van Doren Stern. It has many meaningful messages that I hold dear. Amazingly very little of the movie actually takes place during Christmas, but it is an endearing holiday story with relevant lessons that we can continue to apply today. Read the rest of this entry