The Light of Christmas by Richard Paul Evans

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High in the mountains lies the town of Noel, surrounded by beautiful white walls and a great silver gate. Every year Alexander and his mother walk the long distance to Noel to watch the lighting of the village Christmas tree. This year Alexander learns that the Keeper of the Flame will choose the person who has given the truest gift of Christmas to light the flame. On his way to Noel, Alexander helps a poor old man he finds lying in the snow. His act of charity is rewarded when he is chosen to light the Christmas flame. Alexander learns that it isn't what you have to give, but how you give of yourself that matters most.
Master storyteller Richard Paul Evans weaves a heartwarming tale of the true meaning of Christmas spirit.

About Richard Paul Evans

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Richard Paul Evans is the author of The Christmas Box, The Locket, and other novels, as well as The Christmas Candle, which was awarded the American Mothers 1998 Book of the Year Award; The Dance; and the other books in the Virtues Collection, The Spyglass and The Tower. All of his children's book proceeds are donated to The Christmas Box House International.
Published October 1, 2002 by Aladdin. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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His illustrations show the Keeper of the Flame as a striking fellow with a huge white beard and flowing robes: part Moses, part God, part saint, part Santa.

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In the long-ago world of Evans's (The Christmas Box) message-driven tale, the high point of Christmas is not a visit from Santa, but the lighting of the Christmas flame in the mountain "Christmas town" of Noel.

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