Not all Christmases are cheery and bright, but the holiday is what you make it. When things don’t quite 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.
- 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 gifts 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.
- writing a list like this for dear friends like you.
A Romance for Christmas begins with 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.
Author: Kayelle Allen
Publisher: Romance Lives Forever Books
Genre: Sweet contemporary romance, holiday romance
Heat Rating: Sweet
Excerpt from A Romance for Christmas
“Mommy?” Christine’s young voice broke in on her thoughts.
Dara put down the romance she’d been re-reading, the favorite she’d had since she was sixteen. She’d sold all her others at a yard sale the previous week. “What is it, sweetie?”
“Why don’t we has a real tree for Chribmas?”
“Why don’t we ‘have’,” she corrected. “Come sit by me.” Dara patted the couch and tucked her chenille robe closer around her.
One arm around Matilda, her cloth doll, Christine climbed up beside her mother and cuddled.
Matilda’s going to need stuffing before long. Her head flopped forward, face against her flat chest. When did the lace on her dress get so ragged? Dara smoothed the doll’s dress. “Remember when Daddy went home to heaven before Christmas last year?”
Christine knuckled her eyes and yawned. “I ‘member.”
“And then Mommy got hurt in the car accident and couldn’t go to work?”
Dara took a deep breath. “Well, it meant there was no money for a real tree this year. But I’m sure Santa will still bring you presents.” Gifts Dara bought by selling her entire collection of romance novels at a yard sale at her friend Sherilyn’s house. “And we drew a tree, right?” She pointed at the crayon-bright drawing taped to the wall. Construction paper ornaments decorated each branch.
“But it doesn’t smell like a Chribmas tree.”
Dara hugged her. “I know, baby. I know.”
“How will Santa leave his presents?” Christine pulled away and got on her knees. “He can’t put them under the tree, Mommy.”
“Oh, honey!” She ruffled her daughter’s hair, swallowing the lump in her throat. “Santa will find a way.” She leaned forward and kissed her little girl. “We should get you in bed so Santa can come. He can’t leave presents while you’re awake.”
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Kayelle Allen is a best-selling, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.
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