The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne (book summary)


The Paper Bag Christmas, by author Kevin Alan Milne. First saw this book in 2008,  read the jacket and knew it would be memorable.  It didn’t disappoint.

I have repeat gifted very few books in my life. This is “one of those” books. It really should come with tissues!

Recently re-read this book, and enjoyed it again. Having to stop repeatedly to clean my reading 👓’s as they fogged up from tears.

Absolutely love this book. Kevin draws you into the story. The characters come alive, and you believe every word.

Quotes that resonate deep to your core, and make you think. A quote from the book, “…one that has shaped and molded the very fabric of my soul.”

  • Descriptive writing, “A grand trio we made:  Santa Claus with no legs in a blinking wheelchair trailed by two glowing elves prepped for surgery.”

I love parallels and found many while reading this book. Page 28 has the importance of salutations. This is something that will be shared in another post.

Page 41, again parallels to my candy cane story, another post that will be forthcoming.

Words for thought stemming from Kevin’s story will be shared in a follow-up post on words.

Those words:

  • vernacular
  • inflecting
  • timing
  • gist
  • significantly

Page 51 quote, “Where he found the positive, she positively would not.” Made me smile😉.

Page 78:

For the first time she opened up and began to talk about herself, sharing some things that were sad and difficult for me to hear, but important for me to understand.


“Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.” Author unknown

Page 86 – powerful

Page 100 reminds us of intentional cruelness, stripping hopes. Never a place for this behaviour.

Page 115 – profound words – “Assess the value of what I’d just said.”

Page 117, quote from my favourite Philosopher. “The only gift is a portion of thyself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Page 128, “I know her sacrifice was more than I could fully appreciate, let alone articulate.”

Somehow, not only for Christmas but all the long year through, the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you. And the more you spend in blessing the poor and lonely and sad, the more of your heart’s possessing returns to you glad. John Greenleaf Whittier

Page 146, “But Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it—you feel it, you know it, you believe it.”

I believe in this book. I believe in the message, the meaning, and the symbolism.

I am grateful to have made a connection with the author Kevin Alan Milne, who has a “gift” for writing. I once heard that a gift is something to be shared. For this I say thank-you. I look forward to reading all your books.

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6 thoughts on “The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne (book summary)

    1. todallychris Post author

      Hello,
      It is a beautiful read. Good for all ages. It is definetly a “keeper”. Hope you have the opportunity to enjoy…

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  2. Vanessa McLaughlin

    Sounds like a book I would love to read. Many times I have a wad of tissues in my hand when reading. It’s not always the sad parts that move me to tears it’s sometimes the utterly joyful parts.

    1. todallychris Post author

      Hi Vanessa,
      It is a book I treasure. Hope you read it. Love words, books. Happy when I find a keeper.
      Thanks…Chris

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