Christmas is supposed to be a season of love, warm feelings, and happy hearts. But with the childrens constant bickering, pretty packages and a sweet-smelling tree dont come close to filling the McDonald home with the true spirit of the first Christmas. Then Mom remembers an old tradition of building a soft bed for Baby Jesus one straw at a time. Each time someone secretly does something nice for another family member, he or she gets to add a single straw to the manger. Soon the childrens quarreling and negative feelings subside and the homemade crib is overflowing. But for one family member, a required act of kindness becomes more than he can take. The Last Straw is a true story. The McDonald kids are now grown, but the story lives on in other homes around America, where the tradition of putting straw in a manger is a cherished way to teach children the real meaning of Christmas. So gather your loved ones around and share this heartwarming story about how one family rediscovers he true spirit of Christmas. It may forever change the way your own family celebrates the holiday season.