The Jingle Bell Bum by Patricia Hanrion

Author Patricia Hanrion
Patricia Hanrion was born in New Jersey, but became a California girl at the age of three. A graduate with honors from NYU in Nursing and Public Health, she attended UCLA while acquiring a degree in teaching. Patricia has been married to N. Patrick Hanrion for over 40 years. They have five children, (the oldest named Patrick) and 12 grandchildren, (none named Patrick). Patricia is a professor of pharmacology, and maternal-child health at UCLA Olive View-College of the Canyons and recently retired from the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board of Education.

The Jingle Bell Bum

Christmas is right around the corner, and everything is perfect—until Patricia discovers she’s “volunteered” to help her teenagers sell holiday chocolates outside a busy store. Certain that her Christmas plans are headed for disaster, her fears are confirmed when she spies the neighboring Salvation Army volunteer—a shabby man who looks like a poor imitation of Santa Claus.

No one could have guessed that on that first chilly night, a miracle was waiting to happen . . . in the form of a group of teenage carolers who change the life of a down-and-out bum.

A moving and unforgettable read, this inspiring true story teaches all of us that following the words of the Savior is far more important than having the perfect Christmas.


“The Jingle Bell Bum shows that even out of a begrudged moment of Christmas kindness can bring love to a lonesome life and create a Christmas memory that will last ‘longer than forever.’”
–Richard Rich
Animation producer and director

“The Jingle Bell Bum is a lovely and moving story for the season. Truth is always better than fiction, and the truth of taking the words of Christ as our guide gives this story a powerful appeal.”
–Carol Lynn Pearson
Author of The Modern Magi and A Christmas Thief

This is a short 16 page story.

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