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Town that Forgot About Christmas
Author Susan K. Leigh
Illustrator David Gordon
Publisher Concordia Publishing House

What happens when a town forgets Christmas? The people get cranky, rude, mean, selfish, and wicked. Illustrator David Gordon shows the bleakness of such a town in The Town that Forgot About Christmas's opening pages. The town is bleak and drab. Matthew, who appears one day in town, is noticeably different with his red jacket and olive green slacks being in sharp contrast to the drab appearance of the local folks. Matthew is a carpenter and, although it is not Christmastime, he recognizes immediately that the town folk have forgotten the message of the angels at Christmas. He sets out to rectify this by carving toys for the children, and fixing things for the men and women of the town. His actions begin making the towns people happier. As winter comes, Matthew begins to carve a life-size creche. As he carves the angel, he tells a story to the children gathered to watch - the story of the angel who visited Mary. With each figure he carves, he tells more stories and word of the creche spreads so that the town decides to celebrate Christmas for the first time since anyone can remember. They pitch in to help Matthew finish his creche. All but the figure of baby Jesus is completed, which Matthew promises will be supplied. On Christmas Eve, Matthew and the baby Jesus figure are nowhere to be found. Worried about what this means for their celebration, the townspeople aren't quite sure what to do until one woman gets an idea. As the town gathers for the midnight celebration, they discover her solution. She's placed a real live baby in the manager. They realize the real meaning of Christ's birth is that he is with us, and that he should be with us all year long. The last illustration shows the townspeople in full color. Through the pages of the book they have gradually become more brightly illustrated.

This book is a sweet reminder that Christ came among us as a real live baby, and that he can be with us all year long if we remember to make him a part of our lives.


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