What darkness lurks beneath the Season of Lights? T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring … but are you sure about that? The dark winter nights can hold many secrets. Sylvia Shults has gathered over 120 tales of Christmas ghosts, giving new meaning to "the dead of winter". Shults organizes the book around seven themes. They encompass everything from strange Christmas customs ("We Wish You A Merry Christmas … Or Else!"), to the season's monsters ("He Sees You When You're Sleeping"), to ghost stories of Christmas ("'Tis The Season" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"). Unwrap this book, and shiver your way through this great collection of gho-ho-hosts.
Dr. van Dyke has written many things about Christmas and no writer of our time has caught as he has the spirit of that day. No one can forget the "Story of the Other Wise Man," "The Lost Word," or "The First Christmas Tree," and now this little book has been brought out called "The Spirit of Christmas," which contains in the most attractive form his latest and best expression of the spirit of that festival. The first chapter in the book he calls "A Dream Story—The Christmas Angel," and it is well worthy of ranking with "The First Christmas Tree." It is an exquisite little story, written in the most graceful and charming style. This is followed by a little essay, "Christmas-Giving and Christmas-Living," most practical and suggestive at this time of the year; then comes a short Christmas sermon called "Keeping Christmas," on the text, "He that regardeth the day, regardeth the Lord," and finally two Christmas prayers, "A Christmas Prayer for the Home" and "A Christmas Prayer for Lonely Folks." There could hardly be a more appropriate and attractive book for this holiday time.
Transported unexpectedly one brisk December day into the clouds with astonishing rapidity by two sun-dog angels, M. J. Scott looked down on her Virginia home town and saw opportunity everywhere to find the spirit necessary to prepare for the arrival of the approaching Christmas. From above, ordinary life looked small but extraordinary in its potential to transform people. She promised the cloud angels that if released, she would find the partners to help her look for the spirit of Christmas in the hours, minutes and seconds of ordinary days. The angels agreed on the condition that she would communicate the way to impart such spirit not just for the one day of Christmas but for every day of the year. M. J. Scott smiled privately, because she always performs exponentially by recruiting the help of others. In Finding the Spirit of Christmas, she invites you, the reader, to come with her on her daily December discoveries of light, compassion and beauty so that you can help with the distribution of the true spirit that cultivates the best in every person every day of the year.
Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But the best gift of all-the most magical gift of the season-is when we spend Christmas with those we love. Once again, this New York Times-bestselling author and artist has created a special, beautiful book that families will want to share year after year. (And readers will want to look for the Spirit of Christmas image that Nancy Tillman has hidden on every page!)
A heartwarming collection of true stories that will inspire, entertain, and get everyone into the spirit of Christmas At Christmastime, it's hard not to get caught up in the shopping, the decorating, the party planning and the family drama—and too we often to lose sight of the true meaning of the season. But sometimes, through God's grace or a simple twist of fate, we're able to step back and understand what the holiday is truly about. The Spirit of Christmas is an inspiring collection of true stories from real-life people who have experienced such moments where the meaning of the season becomes clear and touches their hearts. A man mailing gifts at the post office witnesses a moving scene that changes his life forever. An unhappy couple are drifting further apart...until a special Christmas gift allows them to renew their love and mend their fractured marriage. And a father tries to keep the spirit of Christmas alive for his son with a grand gesture--a gesture that will be remembered by his family and many others for years to come. Filled with magic, wonder and deep meaning, it's impossible for these stories not to touch your heart—and fill you with The Spirit of Christmas.
It’s Christmas Eve, and Wellington and Eliza investigate an incredible haunting in the heart of London. What looks to be a job well done in the end quickly becomes a lump of coal in their stockings when their client takes some offense… Tales from the Archives are short stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences (Phoenix Rising / Das Zeichen des Phönix, and the Janus Affair / Die Janus-Affäre) by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. They explore events mentioned in the novels, characters seen and unseen and may include novel teasers of things to come.