Little did the young boy know all those years ago when he listened to his mother recite or tell emotional Christmas stories that he would eventually send a publisher a collection of his favorite Christmas stories.
Back in 1992, a college professor, Dr. Joe L. Wheeler, was blindsided by a manuscript of tear- jerking Christmas stories he submitted, upon request, to a publishing house. He had no way of knowing that the simple little 128-page books would refuse to die and become (over the next 29 years) the longest-running Christmas story series in America.
A traumatic brain injury resulting from a stairway fall brings the series to a haltâ€”but not before about a million Christmas books were ensconced in homes and libraries around the world. Book 28 features some of the most beloved stories from books 1â€“13, and book 29 does the same with stories included from books 14â€“27. In each case, Dr. Wheeler shares the story behind the storyâ€“why these finalist stories were chosen for inclusion.