No one in Parrish Springs could recall exactly when Matilda Honeycutt came to town. No one seemed to know where she came from either, but most everyone remembered the day Matilda Honeycutt purchased the old Barton Building...This is the opening paragraph of The Christmas Shoppe. It's the story of a town that gets a Christmas miracle, from a very unexpected place. When Matilda Honeycutt bought the Barton Building, she created quite a stir in the town of Parrish Springs. Although she promised the town a Christmas shop, the only things to be found on her shelves were second-hand junk. The townspeople decided she was crazy, and tried their best to run her off, but Matilda had a bit of Christmas magic-and maybe a little romance-up her sleeve! As the good folks of Parrish Springs browsed around the shelves of the little shop, they found much more than broken china and worn out jewelry. The characters had problems that they had buried in the past and tried to forget. Whether it was bitterness, fear, greed or impatience, they all had a private battle. In the Christmas Shopped they each found the true meaning of Christmas, love, forgiveness, and hope for the future.
Melody Carlson is a wonderful author. Her books are always beautiful, inspiring and humorous. The Christmas Shoppe is no different. It inspired me and reminded me that Christmas isn't only about gifts, but also about forgiveness, reconciliation and moving forward in life. Ms. Carlson used this story to remind us that Christmas truly is a time for miracles, if we only take the time to look for the things we don't even realize we need. If you need a little Christmas spirit, read The Christmas Shoppe and you won't be disappointed!