A holiday classic, The Polar Express, is celebrating 30 years! It was 20 years ago that a mysterious trained steamed up to young boys door and took him on a Christmas Eve journey he would never forget. To celebrate the milestone, of 30 years, they are celebrating by donating a book for every time #ReadandBelieve is shared on social media this holiday season. You can share your favorite quotes from the book, send out holiday wishes or share your family tradition. What a great way to share The Polar Express with others.
If you have never read The Polar Express I’ll give you a little back ground. On Christmas Eve night a young boy lay awake in his bed, doubting the existence of Santa Claus, when he saw a steam engine pull up outside his door. He tiptoed outside where he heard the conductor yell “All Aboard!” The young boy asked where he as going and the conductor replied, “To the North Pole of course!” So the little boy climbed on board and off they went.
When he got inside he saw the train was full of other children. They sat around, eating treats and drinking hot cocoa as the train raced towards the North Pole. When they got to the North Pole the children learned everyone was assembling in the town square, where Santa Claus would hand out the first present of Christmas. So all the kids head to the square. And wouldn’t you know it, Santa chose the boy! When asked what he would like for Christmas the boy replied with a bell off his sleigh. And so it was. But when the boy was on his way home he realized he lost the bell! He was heartbroken. Then on Christmas morning there was a little box under the tree with his name on it. And in this box was the bell and note from Santa. When he rang the bell it made the most beautiful sound but his parents could not hear it. Only true believers could hear the sweet sounds made by Santa’s sleigh bells.
The Polar Express is about believing. All the children on the train were struggling in one way or another with believing in Santa Claus. And through their Christmas Eve night journey they were able to see Santa. By the end of the story the little boy is once again a believer in Santa Claus and in magic.
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