The Christmas Box

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The Christmas Box (ISBN 9781566840286) is an American novel written by Richard Paul Evans and self-published in 1993.

A Christmas story purportedly written for his children, the book was advertised locally by Evans, who was working at the time as an advertising executive. He placed the book in Utah stores and it became a local best-seller. This got the attention of major publishers who bid against each other, resulting in Evans receiving several million dollars for the publishing rights.

Released in hardcover in 1995 by Simon & Schuster, The Christmas Box became the first book to simultaneously reach the No.1 position on The New York Times bestseller list for both the paperback and hardcover editions.

Television movie[edit]

The Christmas Box
Written by Greg Taylor
Directed by Marcus Cole
Starring Richard Thomas
Maureen O'Hara
Annette O'Toole
Kelsey Mulrooney
Music by Richard Kendall Gibbs
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Michael Green
Chris Harding
Allan Henderson
Beth Polson
Producer(s) Erica Fox
Cinematography John C. Newby
Editor(s) Jim Oliver
Running time minutes
Production company(s) Hallmark Entertainment
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release December 17, 1995 (1995-12-17)
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That same year, the book was made into a television film of the same title starring Richard Thomas and Maureen O'Hara.[1][2] As of 2009, the movie was being shown in the 25 Days of Christmas programming block on ABC Family, but was not part of the block in 2010.

Angel of Hope[edit]

In The Christmas Box a woman mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. The book gives a description of the monument, which is of a childlike angel with upturned palms and outstretched wings. The word "hope" appears on the angel's right wing. When reports surfaced that grieving parents were seeking the statue, Evans commissioned the construction of an angel statue matching the description in The Christmas Box. In 1994, it was placed in Salt Lake City, Utah on land donated by the city. As of June 2014, over 120 Christmas Box Angels have been erected, mostly in the United States.[3]


  1. ^ McCarthy, John P. (December 13, 1995). "Review: 'Cbs Sunday Movie the Christmas Box'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-10. Based on a bestselling book, it raises the question of whether being a family man and a businessman are mutually exclusive.
  2. ^ Margulies, Lee (December 20, 1995). "TV Ratings; 'Christmas Box,' Tyson-Mathis Win on Points". Los Angeles Times. p. F12. Retrieved 2016-03-10. (Subscription required (help)).
  3. ^ Steele, Brian. 10th anniversary ceremony planned for Easthampton's Christmas Box Angel, monument to deceased children

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