Monday, December 28, 2015

Mailbox Monday - December 28

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Welcome to the final Mailbox Monday of 2015. Last week I missed this great meme because the family visited New York City for the holidays. One big change from last year--police officers carrying assault rifles in Times Square. Part of me is comforted by the extra security. The other part is freaked out by what the world has become.

We started off our trip by visiting Radio City Music Hall to watch the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It's always a great show.

The girls and their friends took their last ride on the Toys "R" Us Times Square Ferris wheel. Sadly, this store is closing. 

We did some Christmas shopping in the city (rode the escalator up to every floor in Macy's) and spent a good part of the next day in Central Park because temperatures have been unseasonably warm this December.

I hope all of you had a great Christmas. We had two days of celebrating. It was a quiet day with just us and the in-laws on Christmas, but Saturday the whole gang was here. 

One book was under the tree for me. It is one I've wanted for a while, so I am thrilled.

Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. At Christmas, the final decoration Marge Reed hangs on the family’s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.

Yet a message delivered by one of Robert’s fellow soldiers and a mystery letter found in a Bible put a father’s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.

That's it from me. Did you receive any books for Christmas?


  1. Your trip sounds fantastic but I agree that it's sad that it's come to police having to carry assault rifles. Enjoy your new book!

  2. We were in NY city just this past summer and in Toys R Us where my son perused every floor until he found the right toy for him. He'll be sad it's closing.

  3. Sad that the toy store is closing. Sounds like you had some fun days though. Your book sounds good!

  4. Your trip looks so fun! Enjoy your book.

  5. This book looks great. Happy Reading Week!

    Mary M

  6. NYC is so much fun; wish I could visit again soon.

  7. What a great trip to NYC. I haven't been in a few years, but I'm not sure I'd be comforted by the assault rifles. Eek. I got a few books for Christmas but not as many in past years. I think everyone just gets me gift cards because they have no idea what books I've read or have. Have a great New Year!

  8. Forgot to say that we also went up all the escalators in Macy's. I was surprised they had so many floors and that the top escalators were wooden. That store is huge!

  9. Going up the escalators is a like a tradition to the girls. The wooden ones are the best. I hadn't seen any like that in a long time.