Since he was a boy growing up in Missisippi, Father Tim has lived what he calls ';the life of the mind.' Except for cooking and gardening and washing his dog, he never learned to savor the work of his hands. And then he finds a derelict nativity scenetwenty figures, including a flock of sheep, that have suffered the indignities of time and neglect.Could he give the small company new life? Restore the camel's ear, repaint every piece, replace a missing nose on a wise man? ';You can't teach an old dog new tricks!' he reminds himself. It's when he imagines the excitement in Cynthia's eyes that he steps up to the plateand begins a small journey of faith that touches everyone around him.The eighth novel in the bestselling Mitford Years series is a meditation on the best of all presentsthe gift of one's heart. Lovingly written and beautifully illustrated, it seeks to restore the true Christmas spirit and give everyone a seat at Mitford's holiday table.
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