A wise author, O.Henry, once said, "that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating." His "The Gift of the Magi," is the perfect Christmas story in my opinion, with tears, love, and hope. Jason F. Wright's Christmas Jars offers the same type of Christmas message, combining tears, love, and Hope.
As a baby, Hope was left in a booth at Chuck's Chicken 'n' Biscuits on New Year's Eve. The house cleaner who adopted her, Louise Jensen, fought for her daughter, told her the truth about that New Year's, and loved her as long as she lived. She encouraged all of Hope's dreams to be a journalist, and Hope made rapid progress at the local newspaper.
But when her apartment was broken into soon after her mother's death, Hope was lost and alone. Someone, understanding that, left her a Christmas Jar. There was over $200 in it, but for Hope, it was a message. It was a message that there was a story behind the Christmas Jar, and she began to dig for that story. She discovered other people who had received Christmas Jars from Good Samaritans, and, with the determination to write that story, she followed the leads until she discovered a family that might be the source of the Christmas Jars. Hope soon realizes she has the potential for a blockbuster of a story, one that could be above the fold on page 1. Or, she could destroy a Christmas secret.
The perfect Christmas story is sentimental, filled with love, tears, and a miracle or two. Wright's Christmas Jars meets all of those requirements.
Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright. Shadow Mountain Publishing, ©2005, ISBN 978-1-59038-481-7 (paperback), 122p.