• Songs of the season, old and new, sacred and secular, from Canada, Britain, and the U. S., including two new carols by the author
• A Christmas quote from "Hamlet"
• Soldiers who stopped fighting to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
• John Grisham's seriocomic novel about a man who tries to skip Christmas
• Grumblings of a grade school boy who is forced to take a bath
• Rheta Grimsley Johnson's newspaper column comparing Christmas with marriage
• A Holiday visit to a bombed-out British cathedral
• A painting in a London church basement
• A three-year-old's first part in a pageant
• A family Christmas letter telling about the young husband's bout with cancer
• Classic Christmas stories: Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," Henry Van Dyke's "The Story of the Other Wise Man," and O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi"
• A play about men who remember Christmas while they are prisoners of terrorists
• A few personal memories from the author's childhood, youth, and adult years
*The title essay is taken from the plainest of tree decorations--a clear plastic disc with these words: "Once for a shining hour, heaven touched the earth."
The book is written "with the prayer that the readings will provide food for your thoughts -- some of which you may need to chew on a while -- and that they will enrich your Christmas."
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About the Author
His earlier seasonal book, "Christmas Memories from Seven to Seventy," recounts Christmases from childhood to retirement in several states. He has served churches in Texas, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and New York. He and his wife Pansy have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren.