Christmas Vault – Giving Gifts

Exchanging gifts is a major part of the Christmas culture. Gifts can be fun, thoughtful, convenient and returned for store credit. Getting back to the thoughtfulness, giving someone a gift can also express how someone feels about another, or even re-solidify an ongoing relationship. A person will go to great lengths to make sure he or she is the one who can give those cherished ones something they desire. There’s still time to do some shopping before Christmas. Of course, the most important aspect of any gift is the thought that goes into it. 

Best short stories of O. Henry (Gift of the Magi included) DB008921

Thirty-eight tales, including such favorites as “The Gift of the Magi,” “The Furnished Room,” “The Last Leaf,” and “The Ransom of Red Chief.”

A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness and a Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression DBC03759

A few days before Christmas in 1933, a man who called himself B. Virdot offered cash gifts to dozens of struggling families in Canton, Ohio. More than 70 years later, the benefactor’s grandson, a distinguished investigative reporter, traces the lasting impact of those gifts and untangles the story of his grandfather’s life.

A Season of Gifts DB070256

Rural Illinois, 1958. The new preacher and his family learn to appreciate their seemingly gruff neighbor Mrs. Dowdel, who is no church woman. Mrs. Dowdel doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but she does give surprising gifts–all the time. Companion to A Year down Yonder (RC 51259, BR 12930). For grades 5-8. 2009.

The Christmas Box BR006139

On Christmas morning, mother leaves the bed unmade, and father forgets to put the cap back on the toothpaste as the entire family rushes downstairs to see what gifts Santa left under the tree. But all they find is one long, very thin box. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 3.

The Christmas Cup DB033430

When eight-year-old Megan spends her hard-earned money on a beaten-up old milkshake cup at an auction, it is her grandmother who saves the day by suggesting that it be used as a “Christmas cup”–a place for them to collect spare change. At Christmas they’ll take the coins, by a gift for someone who has been especially kind to them, and deliver it anonymously. For grades 3-6.

A room with a burning fire place and a decorated Christmas Tree surrounded by gifts. There is also a small wooden table set with a plate of cookies and a glass of milk. There is a lone red ornament in front of the fire place reflecting the contents of the room. The book covers from the list are on top of the image.

A room with a burning fire place and a decorated Christmas Tree surrounded by gifts. There is also a small wooden table set with a plate of cookies and a glass of milk. There is a lone red ornament in front of the fire place reflecting the contents of the room. The book covers from the list are on top of the image.

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