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Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings
SERIES: 2017 Advent Calendar -Stocking Stuffers
AUTHOR: Nell Iris
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 45 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
Christmas is coming, and young couple Casey and Ellis are very much in love. Unfortunately, they’re also the definition of dirt poor, and they don’t have the money for nonessentials like decorations. Or a turkey. Or gifts. Between the recent death of Casey’s beloved momma and Ellis’s estrangement from his family, all they have is each other.
When Ellis finds the saddest-looking Christmas tree south of the Mason-Dixon Line thrown away outside his workplace and brings it home to Casey, things look up. Life is still a struggle, but wealth isn’t always measured in money, and what seems worthless to others is often invaluable to the people who love it.
I wish I could think of a good word to describe this little book, a better word, but beautiful is all that comes to mind at the moment. This was a perfect Christmas story. And of course, I bawled all the way through it.
Casey and Ellis are having a tough time. Casey lost his mom, Ellis family isn’t speaking to him and things are just rough. Money is super tight and they can’t even afford a tree or decorations, a big turkey, anything. But Ellis finds a tree someone threw away. It’s pitiful looking but he brings it home because Casey loves Christmas and they have to have a tree. The look in Casey’s eyes was completely worth. The joy and happiness on his face made everything melt away. He would make this the best Christmas ever.
Often times things around the holidays can be strained. Money is usually gone, nerves are tight and families struggle to get along when most often they don’t. But Casey and Ellis have each other. They have made their own family. Even if they have to eat Mac and cheese again for their meal, it would still be the best because they were together. Both Ellis and Casey are so special. They knew they wouldn’t even be able to buy each other a gift, but it was ok. They would make one if need be. I loved this story because it showed the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a time for family, no matter who the family is. It’s a time for togetherness and giving. Even if it’s something simple. It’s a time for love. And Ellis and Casey have it in spades. It doesn’t matter if they were dirt poor or mega rich. They love each other and that’s all that matters.