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Oddball Ornaments: the Story of Forgiveness

by Terry Overton

Reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism

This book is especially interesting to 5th or 6th grade and others who want to know the reason for the title. It is about ornaments we place on the tree at Christmastime. For the elderly one-of-a-kind ornaments are placed in a separate box labeled “Oddballs”. The Oddballs are good friends and have been through many Christmases together.

According to the author “Last Christmas the Oddball Ornaments learned the true meaning of Christmas. Now they understand that the Christmas tree is put up each year to celebrate the birth of Jesus. They found out that Grandpa went to Heaven and that Grandma now lives with their human family. And when Grandma move in, she brought boxes of other ornaments. One of these ornaments, Candy Cane, became good friends with the Oddballs. They liked him so much they made him an honorary oddball.

This year, the ornaments observed Christmas season like no other before. In the land of the humans, there are unexpected surprises and new celebrations, this is the enchanted Christmas the ornaments will always remember. This Christmas, they will learn more about Jesus’s love for humans and why humans love Jesus so much. But when a new ornaments hung on the tree, they find themselves left with even more questions than before. What does a drummer boy have to do with Christmas?

In this heartwarming story for children of all ages, the Oddball Ornaments will see how Christmas is all about love and forgiveness and how God can take a broken family and heal hurting hearts. Buy it for someone in your family and give a copy to your local library!

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