The Sailor and the Christmas Trees

List Price: $14.95


Catherine Folnovic Deana Driver

48 PP | 6" x 9"
ISBN: 978-1-927570-02-9

Manitoba-born John Hanlon was a sailor in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. In late November 1944, the frigate he was posted on was docked in St. John’s, Newfoundland. John decided he and some friends should cut down a few evergreen trees and stow them on the ship to surprise their fellow sailors on Christmas morning while they were at sea. So that’s what they did.

They sailed to England in a convoy and had no problems along the way. On Christmas morning, they were in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean on their way back to Canada, when John and two friends brought the trees out of hiding. The other sailors on their ship were surprised and thrilled. They set about decorating the trees and celebrating Christmas.

The other happy recipients of this unexpected Christmas gift were some small English children who were being transported to safety in Canada on another ship within their convoy. A tree was sent over to the children, on a line thrown between the two ships.

Decades later, John met one of those now-grown-up children and savoured the memories of that special day. This is a heart-warming true Christmas story, as told by the late John Hanlon of Brandon, Manitoba.

Catherine Folnovic, Illustrator

Catherine Folnovic was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. In 2012, she graduated with a BA Honours degree in art history and a minor in visual art from the University of Regina. Catherine has been creating art all her life, but she developed a great passion for it in her high school years. Her favourite mediums to work in are graphite and oil paint. Catherine tends to create art in a traditional and realistic style, drawing inspiration from her favourite artistic movements of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Deana Driver, Author

Deana Driver (pronounced dee-na) was born in Athabasca, Alberta and has been writing for most of her life. She wrote poems and short stories in elementary school, then true stories and fiction for her high school newspaper. After graduating in journalism from SAIT in Calgary, she moved to Regina, Saskatchewan. Deana wrote for the Regina Leader-Post newspaper before starting her own freelance writing business in 1983. She has had more than 2,000 articles published in different Canadian newspapers and magazines, has written five books and has published or co-published 21 books (written by herself or other Prairie authors) through her publishing company DriverWorks Ink. The Sailor and the Christmas Trees is Deana’s first children’s book.