It’s nearly Christmas, and the seven children in Millie’s family can’t wait for Grandma to arrive with her special Christmas apron, newly pressed and filled with generations of holiday memories. According to tradition, each grandchild will carefully write down the gift he or she wants most in the world, and then slip that wish into the apron’s frilled pocket. Then, on Christmas morning, those wished-for gifts will be waiting under the tree — like magic. Little Will wants Lincoln Logs; nine-year-old Grace wants a horse of her very own. Even eleven-year-old Millie, who’s too old to believe in magic, has a precious wish in mind — a pair of silky pink toe shoes.
But one dark evening, Millie overhears a worrisome conversation between her parents: due to wartime shortages, the family can’t afford gifts for all the little ones. She pictures the terrible disappointment on her siblings’ faces: no toys or games or art supplies to open on Christmas morning (and certainly no horse for Grace!) From that point on, she wrestles with a terrible question: Is she willing to sacrifice her own whole-soul wish so that someone else’s can come true? Full of tender emotion and delightful surprise, this story reminds us of the miracles that unfold when we think of others before ourselves.
Millie is an eleven year old girl living during the bleak days of World War II. Money is scarce, but love abounds. All Milllie wants for Christmas is ballet pointe shoes. All her sister wants is a horse. When her grandmother arrives with her magic apron, Millie wonders if her family's wishes really will come true this year.
A beautiful story about families. One that calls to mind The Gift of the Magi. I wear an apron nearly every day, all day. I love that they protect my clothes as I work around my home and care for my family. I absolutely love the sentiments expressed in this lovely little story that, "Aprons help us do the most important work there is--family work. The work that says, 'I love you'." This speaks to my heart!
I love these short, pamphlet-sized Christmas stories. This is one that is easily read in a sitting. I think it would make a fantastic gift and if it was accompanied by an apron, an even better one!
I read my own, personal copy, but you can purchase your own here and here.
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