I bring you this collection of classic Christmas short stories that I have enjoyed through the years in the hope that it will touch your heart as much as it did mine. — Martyn Demas.
“The Spirit of Christmas” is a short Christmas book by American author, educator, clergyman, critic and outdoorsman Henry Van Dyke, first published in 1905.
It includes a short story, two essays, and two prayers for the season to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
During the time of the birth of Jesus, a fourth Wise Man, Artaban, sells all his possessions to buy three precious jewels which he hopes to present to the newborn Christ Child. Although he planned to journey with the other three Magi to Bethlehem, he is delayed and fails to rendezvous with them.
Artaban spends his whole life searching for the Christ, and in his search he gives away one, then two, and finally all three of his jewels to help others, but in the end his quest is fulfilled in unexpected ways.