“A 9/11 Christmas: A Christmas to Remember,” written and illustrated by Las Vegas author Michael Pascoe, follows the journey of a Douglas fir tree from Christmas Valley, Ore., to New York City in the wake of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks. Can Doug bring joy to a city in sorrow? At least one little girl who lost her father in the disaster finds comfort in the tree’s presence. In addition to writing, Pascoe has worked in magazine design and as a magician. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/9-11christmas.
Excerpt from ‘A 9/11 Christmas: A Christmas to Remember’
Nobody is gathered around me. They are still sad. A little girl walks up. She sees me and smiles. She holds onto one of my branches as if it is my hand. Dave walks up to her.
“You like our tree this year?”
“Yes, it is a lovely tree. It is the best looking tree I have ever seen.” She tries to hug me, but because I am forty-three feet wide, she only manages to hug about three feet of me. She would not let go until her mother arrives. “Come on honey, let’s go.”
“But Mama, I love this tree. It reminds me of Daddy.” “Sweetheart, we talked about this. Daddy is in heaven now.”