Patricia A. Richardson Shares the True Meaning of Christmas Beyond Giving and Sharing

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New book “When Christmas Came to Kilcarrig” tells an endearing story of Malachi O’ Byrne and his leprechaun friends as they realize the true meaning of Christmas through the Christ Child in the crib.

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For Malachi O’Byrne and his friends, Christmas meant giving. Giving food to Malachi O’Byrne’s needy neighbors; sending greetings to their friends; giving thanks for their Christmas dinner and for everything God had given them. However, they found that Christmas this year would be different.

When Christmas Came to Kilcarrig” written by author Patricia A. Richardson is an endearing picture book that tells the story of Malachi O’ Byrne who, together with his fellow leprechaun friends, likes to spend Christmas by giving to the poor. They do this in the spirit of true Christian charity, and in the end, God rewards their kindness in an unexpected way. Malachi O’ Byrne told his friends that there were five families in the village of Kilcarrig in County Wexford, Ireland who had a rather bad year and would be without much for Christmas. A decision was made among them. On Christmas Eve, they sent food baskets to Father Lalor to be delivered to the needy families.

After the leprechauns delivered the food baskets to Father Lalor, they made their way back to Malachi
O’ Byrne’s cottage and stayed at home for a rest before Midnight Mass. By 10:30 p.m. Michael O’Hara, Colas Carroll, John and Jim Curran as well as Dermot O’Malley had returned to the cottage of Malachi O’Byrne. With lanterns in hand, they left the cottage and made their way through the woods to the church. As the Mass proceeds, they soon realize that Christmas is not only for the leprechauns, their neighbors or friends as they find its true meaning through the Christ Child in the crib.

“When Christmas Came to Kilcarrig” is an inspiring read that is sure to warm the hearts of both young and old. This beautiful story will constantly remind readers that more than the giving and sharing of one’s blessings, Christmas means the birth of the Christ Child, who symbolizes love and hope for all.

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About the Author
Southern California resident Patricia Richardson is the author of a series of children’s stories peopled by leprechauns. As widely traveled as the author, the leprechauns may pop up anywhere and can be found living in Southern California (The Retirement of Michael O’Hara), touring the Black Forest of Bavaria (Michael O’Hara and Friends to the Rescue) or happily at home in Ireland (Dermot O’Malley and the Lost Little Boy). Long a believer in the benefits of reading to children, Mrs. Richardson’s books are value-oriented, keeping parents and children in mind. With a decades-long love of history, readers can expect a thread of history, if only a small one will be woven into Patricia Richardson’s stories.

Publication Date: October 7, 2013
Picture Book; $21.99; 26 pages; 978-1-4931-0791-9
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 26 pages; 978-1-4931-0792-6
Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4931-0793-3

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