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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
The Christmas Gift by J. Dietrich tells the story of a man who is very much in love with his wife and would like to find the perfect gift for her to show her how much he loves her. However, he is absolutely stressed because no store seems to have what he needs. He hears ads about the perfect gift, but the ad does not tell him what it is, so he goes from store to store. The crowds make everything more difficult, and then there is this stranger who acts as if he has the perfect gift! Will the man eventually find the perfect gift? Can he afford it? Will it make his wife happy? Or will he end up without a gift, or a gift that will disappoint his wife?
While I generally do not enjoy anything about Christmas (I just find it stressful and commercial), The Christmas Gift by J. Dietrich hit a nerve because it showed one of the aspects I find so stressful about Christmas: other people's expectations that you should find the perfect gift for them, and your own worries about finding that perfect gift, because otherwise you feel that the other people would either be disappointed or even bad-mouth you. In this little story, however, the reader and main character learns the lesson that the best gift you can give and receive is often not the one you buy with money, and it is indeed a priceless gift. I truly wish more people would understand this, then Christmas would be less stressful for everyone and the kind of holiday it is supposed to be! The story is quite charmingly written and illustrated with simple but good pictures. It's definitely worth a look!