ELIZABETHTOWN An employee at Elizabethtown Community Hospital has created a special book which benefits those most in need. James P. Hewitt recently published The Christmas Tree, a book about the evolution of the Christmas tree. The creation of this book was purely by chance. A group of my co-workers were discussing Christmas and why decorations, trees, and other customs are practiced, said Mr. Hewitt. After the discussion, Mr. Hewitt researched the origin of the Christmas tree, before writing the 88-page book. It also describes the most common types of trees, discusses the merits of real versus fake tree, and other seasonal decorations like wreathes. Additionally, the book addresses real tree care and holiday safety. Mr. Hewitt said he was positive that every person who reads this book will learn something new. The book retails for $15. Money earned from the book sales will be donated to reputable organizations that help needy children. These organizations are Make A Wish, Ronald McDonald House, and St. Judes Childrens Hospital. I am also donating an equal part to Elizabethtown Community Hospitals Auxiliary, which sponsors needy families each year during the Holiday Season, said Mr. Hewitt. This book is available for purchase online through all retail book stores, and through the personal publisher site at
. It is also available online through Barnes and Noble, Amazanon.com, and Borders Books. At the Champlain Center Mall, the Borders there has the book autographed and in stock for sale. This book is written for and dedicated to all the children worldwide who have never had the pleasure or opportunity to enjoy a Christmas celebration. With the publication of The Christmas Tree, I hope to raise money for needy children, said Mr. Hewitt. Mr. Hewitt is currently a registered nurse working at Elizabethtown Community Hospital. He lives with his wife, Virginia, and their two sons, John and Seamus, in Schuyler Falls. Mr. Hewitt is currently working on an Adirondack cookbook, which will be out in spring 2008. This book will provide a wide variety of lip smacking mouth-watering recipes. The recipes come from the restaurants and people from the Adirondack Region in upstate New York. The money earned from this book will be given to organizations that promote the Adirondack environmentally, said Mr. Hewitt.