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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Christmas Jars comes a powerful story of friendship and faith.

Marva Ferguson has a very personal Christmas tradition that happens the day after Christmas. As a widow, the tradition means more to her now than it ever did. Her newest neighbor, nine-year-old Charlee, loves Christmas, too. But her family has fallen on hard times, and things get worse when Charlee becomes critically ill. Then, on December 12, Charlee makes a wonderful discovery. A mysterious note is delivered that promises 12 days of gifts and stories that will reveal the true story behind the beloved Christmas carol "The 12 Days of Christmas".

As the days go by, the gifts seem to hint at a possible lost lyric. Was there once a 13th day of Christmas? And if so, could its magic change - or save - a life?

If Marva knows something about the "letters from the Elves", she's not telling. However, you don't live to be as old as Marva Ferguson and not have a secret or two - including a whole lot of faith - in your apron pocket. Filled with laughter, tenderness, and hope, The 13th Day of Christmas invites us to see how an old Christmas favorite can turn into a true Christmas miracle.

©2015 Jason F. Wright (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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It is as advertised

So, this book is not my jam. That’s not really the book’s fault- the synopsis pretty much said it, although not directly. This is a Christian book, with a capital “C”. Lots of heavy handed Jesus, God, and bible reading. I’m not Christian or christian and not too into that genre, but I wasn’t super surprised or upset when I figured out that’s what this book was. There was a call to action to “bare witness”. For those not in the know, that’s something evangelical Christians do- talking about Jesus to others to get them to convert. That rubbed me the wrong way, but again, I kinda knew I was listening to a book that was written for those insider Christians, not for me. What I absolutely hated and the reason why I gave it one star was the absolutely tired and insulting trope of a child with cancer and a poor deserving family being saved from financial ruin by their faith in G-d. If that sounds sweet and inspiring to you, that’s just fine- listen to the book and feel inspired. But for me it was just another example of exploiting children with cancer and those experiencing poverty as tools to make the reader emotional. The two morals of this story as I see them, aren’t ones that I agree with it all and some of my biggest issues with a lot of Christians: 1.your faith will save you from poverty 2. If you are good, moral, and Christian enough you can survive serious illness

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So sweet & so sad

as a christian i really appreciate this book. there is some fun with “elves”, but also explains why christmas is so important to us. beautiful story & so well told.

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The 26th

This is absolutely my new favorite Christmas book. The characters are all likable and relatable. This story will make you laugh and cry without a doubt but the message is one of the greatest. The narrator did a fantastic job.

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a new awakening

This story awakened my soul and reminded me of the purpose of Christ's coming, and how it should be part of our story in sharing His love with others on a daily basis. This was the best Christmas story I have heard! Be warned of incredibly emotional times where you should not listen and drive. I know from experience!

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The 13th Day of Christmas

Beautiful story and everyone should listen or read it. It is what the essence of Christmas should be for every Christian! Please thank the writer for reminding us!

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Beautiful Message

Beautifully written. A heart warming & sweet reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

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A must read

Wow. Bring on the tissues! This is a sad, yet hopeful book. Just what I needed for the Christmas season of 2020. It will be on my annual Christmas listening list from now on.

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a message to live by

A must read - in my mind. I plan to reread this story regularly.

I enjoyed this story a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving. Perfect timing really. As this is the time that my thoughts turn to Christmas and I have to restrain myself from annoying everyone around me with Christmas music 24/7 and decorations that most would say is "premature." This year, though, I am drawn to my simple nativity. It graces my living room 365 days a year. I have for years refused to pack it up with "the rest of Christmas." The t
idea of the 13th day of Christmas is taking hold in my heart and will be a new tradition in my home.

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A New Christmas tradition

This delightful tale will make you laugh and cry. it may even start a new holiday tradition.

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Marvolous read to share

At times it is very sad, but I would love to read this book, chapter by chapter to my grandchildren.

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