Finding a Home on Christmas Night
Here is a beloved book in my collection of children's Christmas stories, called
The Christmas Cat. Published in 1976, it was written by Efner Tudor Homes and illustrated by her mother, Tasha Tudor. It is a story of a homeless cat wandering in the woods in the winter cold, looking for a place to live.
Discovered one night by a man feeding the wild animals in the woods, he discovers the cat and finds a home for him, declaring "you belong in a warm house with soft chairs to sleep on and a saucer of milk to drink".
Alas, he finds a cozy home for this lonely cat. When two brothers wake up on Christmas morning, they go their stockings by the fire and discover a gray cat curled up on a chair. "But Nate, where could he have come from?' cried Jason. "I'm not sure" said his brother, looking thoughtful. "But some unexpected-and wonderful- things can happen when it's Christmas."
A simple story like this can offer a sense of warmth, safety and protection to a young child, not only during the Christmas season, but all throughout the year.