At this time of the year, many of us are rushing around–decorating, baking and shopping for the holiday season. I have to remind myself to take a moment and reflect on what makes the holidays special, or what I am most sentimental about.
For me, the week-long visit with my granddaughters and family members who live 400 miles away is so very important. Moments of quiet conversation and sharing new experiences are often the most previous gifts we can give one another. Making cookies or wrapping presents are great for easy-going chats. Or working a puzzle together or playing a card game. These are the times we remember, often more than a physical gift bestowed.
That’s the feeling I hoped to create in my latest story, Clari’s Hero, included in the Present For A Cowboy anthology from Prairie Rose Publications. Clari is new to the West, sent to live with an aunt and uncle in hopes of curing her asthma. Now healthy, she wants to have the experiences she was previously denied and spies adventure in a cowboy’s rescue of first a small child in town and then herself from a runaway horse.
The tagline is: Can a starry-eyed dreamer’s search for adventure overcome a taciturn man’s belief he has nothing to offer? You’ll have to read the story to learn how Clari translates her first encounter with the quiet cowboy Trevor into a lasting present.
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My favorite Christmas book is the “Night before Christmas”. I read it to my kids every Christmas-eve before the go to sleep. My parents read it to me when I was little and I hope my kids will read it to their kids too.
What a nice post, Linda! I think it would be so nice if everyone just stopped like this, took a breath, and thought about what is most important about the holidays to them. Holidays can so often rush by in a blur, and posts like this remind us to stop and small the poinsettias. Well done!
Hee hee. Stop and “smell” the poinsettias!
I always loved to read “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
I’ve always like Twas The Night Before Christmas. I’ve loved it since I was a kid.
I haven’t read a childrens book in years so I don’t have a favorite.
I don’t know if I have a favorite Christmas book, I think the story of Christ birth is the best of all. I hate the way Christmas is all about what to give someone or what to get. We forget the true meaning of Christmas, the Birth of Jesus Christ. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.