Christmas, Present (Hardcover)

By Jacquelyn Mitchard

HarperCollins Publishers, 9780060565572, 132pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2003



A fourteenth wedding anniversary is nothing to sneeze at, Elliott Banner knows, but it's not exactly a landmark year--like fifteen, or twenty, when he plans to take his wife, Laura, to Paris. But when a headache on the drive home from their anniversary date--two days before Christmas--turns out to be more than a migraine, he wishes he had celebrated every year as though it were their last.

In this poignant, touching, uplifting story, a woman calmly gathers her family around her during the Christmas holiday to celebrate their lives together--both past and future--and to truly count their blessings.

A family history unfolds in a single night in this deeply affecting story that speaks volumes about love, trust, and letting go--a perfect holiday read that underscores the true meaning of the season.