Not all Christmases are cheery and bright, but the holiday is what you make it. The book A Romance for Christmas features a heroine who’s lost her husband, and has only her little girl at the holiday. What Christmas is for her is a time of giving selflessly. She sacrifices to provide for her child. When someone gives to her, it changes her entire perception of what Christmas is.
In my life, when the holidays don’t turn out the way I expect, sometimes it’s because I didn’t let others know what my expectations were. With that thought in mind, here’s my list of what Christmas is, good and bad.
What Christmas is…
- having six strings of lights, and not one light bulb that will turn on.
- unpacking ornaments and recalling the story and person behind each one.
- that dazed feeling you get when you realize you forgot to prepare a dish for a dinner party — and you’re scheduled to leave with it in five minutes.
- writing cards to friends you hadn’t thought about for too long.
- getting a letter from relatives who went everywhere and did everything and wondering how in the world they managed to find the time and the money.
- shopping for gifts and clothes for a needy child.
- aching feet and knees from standing in lines everywhere you go.
- playing Secret Santa at work, and seeing the gift you chose make a difference to a co-worker.
- driving slowly through the neighborhood oohing and ahhing at lights.
- the feeling of pride as you watch the town’s annual holiday parade.
- hugging friends, visiting family, calling to say Merry Christmas to everyone far away.
- cold winds blowing, a wet mist, snow, lazy smoke rising from chimneys, the smell of a pine fire.
- watching your child perform in the school pageant and trying not to laugh when one of the reindeer antlers you sewed onto the costume falls off.
- reading T’was the Night Before Christmas to a little one.
- tears in your eyes when you hear the familiar carols of your childhood.
- the lump in your throat when everyone in the audience stands at the first notes of Handel’s Messiah Chorus.
- hearing again the wonderful story of the Holy Child’s birth.
- the hope and the joy and the love of God, giving His only begotten Son so that we may live forever.
- writing a list like this for dear friends like you.
Below, my gift to you, a Christmas Cookbook for you to download and enjoy.
No sign up required, no lists to join, just click and go. That is what Christmas is, right? Giving? I hope you enjoy the cookbook. Merry Christmas!
A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen
A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.
A sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.
Peek inside the book: http://is.gd/rom4cmaspeek
Find Your Copy
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/1wpYfL2
CreateSpace (Print) http://bit.ly/romforcmas