The Three Christmases of William Spencer by Derek Blount

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Three Christmases of William Spencer by Derek Blount

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

On a childhood Christmas in the 1930s and a Christmas as a husband, father, and veteran after World War II, William has got something to learn and remember about happiness. But one Christmas as an old man living alone, William may have his most momentous holiday yet in The Three Christmases of William Spencer by author Derek Blount.

As is oftentimes the case with me, I’m quite glad I skipped the book blurb before I dove into this story. It was great to discover the crux of the matter on my own without basically knowing ahead of time what the moral of the story would be.

And, seriously, it’s one of the best Christmas stories I’ve ever read. I started off thinking it to be a nice little holiday tale, then it started becoming a more serious and touching holiday tale, and by the time I got to the last third or so, the book was wringing my heart out.

I had to stop reading for maybe ten minutes, to weep and then to get myself together enough to finish it.

It’s simple but wise and poignant at the same time, knowing what to explain or mention and what to leave unsaid. This wonderfully realized journey of joy, pain, faith, and hope is what Christmas classics are made of.