I don't know who bought this book for me. It is copyrighted 1963. But it has been my most cherished Christmas book. It's called Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry. It's in pretty bad shape but I would never dream of getting rid of it.
I noticed inside the front cover that my brother had scratched my name off and written his. Possession is 9/10ths of the law. In this case, 100% !!
It was finally reprinted several times the latest being 2000. And it is available on Amazon. It didn't surprise me when I read some of the reviews (which were almost all 5 stars). Just about everyone remembered reading it as a child like I did.
The cover has changed but I don't think my kids would mind. My Dear Daughters don't remember reading this when they were little but I can start some new traditions, can't I?
It's the story of Mr. Willowby who received a Christmas tree one year. It was too tall for his parlor so he lopped off the top. The discard made it's way to Miss Adelaide, the upstairs maid. Then off to Tim, the gardener, Barnaby Bear, Frisky Fox, Benjamin Rabbit and finally to Mistletoe Mouse who, of course, lived with Mr. Willowby.
A cute, cute Christmas tale of sharing for children of every age.