Family--Juvenile fiction; Kindness--Juvenile fiction; Christmas stories, American
Christmas is supposed to be a season of love, warm feelings, and happy hearts. But with the children’s constant bickering, pretty packages, twinkling lights, and a sweet-smelling tree don’t come close to filling the McDonald home with the true spirit of the first Christmas.
Then mother is reminded of an old tradition of building a soft bed for baby Jesus—one straw at a time. Each time someone secretly does something nice for another family member, they get to add a single straw to the manger. Soon the children’s quarreling and negative feelings subside and the homemade crib is overflowing. But for one family member, a required act of kindness becomes more than he can take.
Gather your loved ones around and share this heartwarming story about how one family rediscovers the true spirit of Christmas. It may forever change the way your family celebrates the holiday season. [from publisher's web site]