The Christmas Dollby: Jason Wright
The Christmas Doll is a holiday picture book told by the New York Times bestselling author of Christmas Jars, Jason F. Wright, and is based on a real-life childhood story of a simple treasured doll owned by a girl raised in poverty in the 1940s who went on to become a billionaire businesswoman and owner of the NBA Utah Jazz.
Gail Saxton grew up in a humble home in Utah in the postwar years of the 1940s. To make ends meet, her parents created two rental apartments in their home by dividing up the space with only sheets hung from the ceiling, acting as walls.
One Christmas, the only gift Gail received was a doll—the kind with hair that girls could shampoo, comb, and style. Gail loved her doll. It had a pretty face, lovely curls, and a nice dress. It was a prized possession, and one she played with often and cherished. Sadly, over the years, the doll’s hair became matted, and the clothes were torn and frayed. Gail thought her beloved doll, once treasured so dearly, had become tattered, ordinary, and no longer a source of joy. It was eventually abandoned on a shelf in her bedroom.
With another Christmas Day approaching, Gail’s mother lamented to one of their tenants that the family had no money for gifts. Touched by the spirit of the holiday, the kind tenant offered to renew and refresh Gail’s forgotten doll. She made a new dress, refurbished the hair, and restored the doll as if it had just come from the store.
On Christmas, Gail opened the gift and was thrilled to discover a beautiful doll. She thought it was brand new, and only much later learned that she actually rediscovered her old doll, revitalized with the help of a friend.
The Christmas Doll teaches a wise lesson about the true meaning of the holiday. Christmas isn’t about a singular moment or a special gift; it’s about the miracle of Jesus to make old things new, revitalize our lives, and bring out the best in humankind to care for one another.
- Jason Wright is the New York Times bestselling author of Christmas Jars which sold half-million copies. Howard Lyon is an award-winning artist who often draws inspiration from favorite old masters: William Bouguereau, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and John William Waterhouse.
- The book’s setting is Utah in 1949.
- Gail Miller is an NBA owner of the Utah Jazz and chairman of the board of the Larry H. Miller Management Corporation.
- The book’s story has a religious message, told metaphorically, that Jesus can make old things new, to heal the broken, and to give second chances.
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publish Date: 2019
Page Count: 32