Oh, Christmas Tree

We always had an artificial tree, although dad did insist it be green. His parents’ Christmas tree always looked as if it was made of tin foil. It could also double as an antennae for the television if you set it close enough. When I was able, I was determined to have a real tree. My first real tree was a Charlie Brown pine tree … Continue reading Oh, Christmas Tree

Holiday Traditions

With a daughter-in-law who was raised Buddhist and Methodist, and dear friends who are Muslim, as well as Jewish, Catholic, Bahai and an assortment of Protestants, each with their own unique traditions and holidays, I am awed by their different traditions. What is your favorite holiday? How does your family celebrate it? What is your favorite part of your holiday? Growing up I never really … Continue reading Holiday Traditions

The Naughty List

While decorating the Christmas tree, my grandson Jack and I started talking. This story is from that discussion. I hope you enjoy it.  Santa’s Naughty List (a family story) Nick rocked the chair back and forth, struggling against his restraints as Noel strode towards him holding out the magical snow globe. “I’m sorry Nicky but the only way I can be Santa is if you … Continue reading The Naughty List

Christmas Revels V

I have been a fan of the Christmas Revels anthologies since the first one. As a fan of Hannah Meredith’s historical romances, I greedily bought the first book. Shortly afterwards, I discovered Kate Parker’s Victorian Book Sellers’ series. I have become a fan of these writers and especially look forward to their Christmas stories. Each year I have bought the Revels. This year I was … Continue reading Christmas Revels V

Molly’s Christmas Wish (an original short-story)

“Santa Claus!” Molly exclaimed. “Oh mommy, can I go tell Santa what I want for Christmas? Please.” Five-year old Molly tugged on her mother’s hand. Callie bit her lip and stared at the mall Santa in his red suit. What’s the point, there will be no Christmas for us. “We have time Callie,” her cousin Rose said. “Let’s take the girls to visit Santa and … Continue reading Molly’s Christmas Wish (an original short-story)

Christmas Revels IV, another successful anthology

Christmas Revels IV : Four Regency Novellas by: Anna D. Allen, Hannah Meredith, Kate Parker, and Louisa Cornell I have been a fan of all the Christmas Revel Anthologies. Each year I am surprised by the excellence these authors exude. Anna Allen captured my heart with her story, The Sergeant’s Christmas Bride. Ms. Allen managed to give her readers a heroine who was both strong … Continue reading Christmas Revels IV, another successful anthology

Never Christmas Without You

Never Christmas Without You a two-novella Christmas anthology from Nana Malone and Reese Ryan is a must read for anyone who loves contemporary romance with fabulous characters. I love holiday romances but these two stories brought the magic of Christmas and the love of family and friends deep into my heart. I have a confession to make. I hadn’t planned to read Nana Malone’s story. … Continue reading Never Christmas Without You

Peace on Earth

“Let there be peace on earth…” There doesn’t seem to be much peace this year, the news is full of anger and fear, police brutality, terrorists and hate, crime is on the rise. Everyone shouting and screaming about the color of a cup or the words we use to greet each other. All the while children are being killed in their class rooms and shot … Continue reading Peace on Earth