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A Glimpse from Christmas Past

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

It's a story of a young father who while doing some last minute shopping, one snowy Christmas Eve, has a magical experience. He carefully turns a corner to look upon a scene through as shop window of a little girl getting onto Santa's lap. He begins to reminisce of a time with his own children and when he was younger doing much of the same things. Then as the little girl hops off of Santa's lap he makes eye contact and they are both immediately taken back in time to a moment they both had shared ...in a glimpse from Christmas past. Available at most online bookstores in paperback and as an E*read. ISBN#: 9781481740289
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Christine Corretti - See all my reviews

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This is so cute. It's cozy and fun, brings out the spirit of Christmas to a T. Read it by the fire or under the tree and it'll make great memories for you and your kids. Love the vintage city descriptions. Reminds me of old movies about XMAS.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful Christmas Story, August 20, 2013

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Mariana Llanos "Mariana Llanos, Author of the... (USA) - See all my reviews

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Told in first person, A Glimpse of Christmas Past narrates the story of a young man that goes shopping on Christmas Eve in his city, (because of the streets and landmarks named, we can guess it's downtown Philadelphia). Strolling down the decorated and snowy streets, he stops to see a Santa Claus through a window shop, who is listening to children's wishes and reminding them to keep off the naughty list. But something seems familiar and when his eyes meet with Santa's he remembers a night many years ago, when that same old man and his reindeer visited his house!
This is definitely a nice story to read aloud to your children, perfect for getting in the mood for the upcoming holiday season. The illustrations are nicely done, with plenty of details to help the young minds follow the story and make their own story lines. And if it's not Christmas but you're nostalgic for it, this book will surely bring you the joy and warmth of the season, like it did to me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Christmas Story, July 25, 2013

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Dan Donahue - See all my reviews

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I wrote this story as a reflection of my own childhood memories and in my first reading to my grandchildren they loved it. So I decided to share this store with you and I hope you and your family enjoy it for years to come. Merry Christmas! D.C. Donahue

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Christmas story for all ages!, July 27, 2014

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Joseph v. - See all my reviews

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A great Christmas story for all ages. This is a wonderful book to be enjoyed with your family during the most beautiful time of year.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Christmas Children's book, June 23, 2013

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A GLIMPSE FROM CHRISTMAS PAST by D. C. Donahue is an adorable read. Your children or grandchildren will love this book, mine sure do. It is such a cute story for kids to read or even better for you to read to them. A young father, on Christmas eve, sees the REAL Santa Claus through a department store window and Santa recognizes him. The dad relates his memory of a night when he encountered Santa for the first time. When this father was a boy, he actually MET and shared a magical visit with Santa Claus, and this is that story.
Before the dad becomes the little boy, and is shopping in the city, I definitely recognized the city of Philadelphia...city hall with William Penn on top, Broad Street, a Septa bus and taking the train, the mummers and more. Readers will surely see their city as well, because the story rings so true for anyone who grew up, or is growing up, in or near a city.
The beautifully colored illustrations on every single page will delight the children in your family. A GLIMPSE FROM CHRISTMAS PAST lightened my heart with so many joyful things like Santa and his sleigh landing on the roof, the boy having a conversation with Santa Clause at his kitchen table, and the kids celebrating Christmas. This is a book we will reread every Christmas season as one of our favorites. It's as magical as the snow falling on Christmas eve. I wholeheartedly recommend A GLIMPSE FROM CHRISTMAS PAST.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heard about this from a friend, May 11, 2013

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rachel Coyle - See all my reviews

This review is from: A Glimpse From Christmas Past (Kindle Edition)

Looking forward to reading this with the kids for years to come. It's been a while since there has been something new and fresh to read with the family around the holidays. I anticipate our Elf on a shelf will recommend this book to the kids this year:).
Also a plus if you have ever lived in the Philadelphia area as it will bring back memories of growing up as a kid.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in Philly, May 12, 2013

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L. Donahue "Beatlemaniac" (Morrisville, PA United States) - See all my reviews
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A man's loving retelling of the joy and magic of the Christmas season he experienced as a boy growing up in Philadelphia. Enjoy this book with your families for Christmas' to come.A Glimpse From Christmas Past

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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Holiday Memories, June 19, 2013

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It brought back memories of how the Christmas Holidays were celebrated in the Philadelphia area when we were growing up.
It will be shared with our young Grandchildren so they can enjoy it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Glimpse From Christmas Past, May 19, 2013

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N.Cardella - See all my reviews

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Great holiday book. I can't wait to read this to my kids at bedtime during the holidays this year. A "must read" for anyone from the Philadelphia region, but an all-round holiday treasure that anyone can enjoy. This book will become part of your holiday traditions for years to come.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Glimpse From Christmas Past (Paperback Version), May 18, 2013

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This is a very nice trip down "Memory Lane" to anyone that ever visited Santa in Philadelphia, PA. It's a heartwarming remembrance, brought about by a family visit to Santa Claus that reminds us all of the true reason we celebrate Christmas. The story and artwork are both spot on to my recollection of our family trips downtown to visit Santa.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable, February 19, 2014

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This book brought back many special memories of growing up in a much simpler time and day. Especially enjoyed what Christmases in the past really meant and how we cherished them.................not the commercial emphasis as we know it today. Nicely illustrated.
Would definitely recommend this book to those who would enjoy the "real" meaning of Christmas.

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3.0 out of 5 stars I know the author and grew up at same time., January 22, 2014

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Bought the book as keepsake and to reminisce about my childhood also. Very good memories of Philadelphia in 60's. Good friends with author.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Christmas Story, October 18, 2013

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Deborah Keating - See all my reviews

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This is an adorable book that is well written and colorfully illustrated. It brings back fond memories of trips to downtown Philly to see the beautiful displays and Christmas shows at Wanamakers and of course to see Santa Claus. A great book to read to the kids on Christmas Eve!

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1.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful holiday story to be enjoyed all year, October 13, 2013

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This is a delightful story for both young and old. It reminds readers of all the holiday joys each of us holds close to our hearts. The author writes about a beautiful and magical experience of his youth when he met with Santa Claus. Something a children dream about. My 3 and 6 year old daughters loved the story as much as me. I definitely remindsrecommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fun read that reminds us the true meaning of Chris
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News
09/05/2014
D.C. Donahue - Captures the Christmas Spirit in A Glimpse from Christmas Past

Break out the hot cocoa,marshmallows,cookies, put on a fire and cuddle up with your loved ones with this traditional holiday classic Christmas story.  As you peruse the pages and illustrations of this magical book you will find yourself pulled in to share those special moments, stories and experiences from your own childhood.  I am sure you will be inspired to read it, time and time again, compelled to share it with family and friends.  

So come take a snowy walk with me down memory lane with your loved ones you will be glad you did.  May it find its way into your hearts and onto your bookshelves to be read for years to come.

Merry Christmas!

D.C. Donahue

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