For me Christmas has always been about giving. As a child, yes, I liked to see what Santa brought me, but I was more interested in seeing the reactions to the gifts I gave.
I love thinking about the person I’m giving a gift to and finding something they will truly like. I’ve been known to pick up a Christmas gift in January if it is the perfect thing for a family member or friend. Then it’s hard to hang on to it( I usually give it as a birthday present because I can’t wait).
I always make at least one thing for the grandkids. One year it was stuffed lions out of fleece. They were 36” long and the mane required lots of clipping. I brought my husband into the picture for that. He sat in front of the TV each night clipping the tubes I made making the curls for the mane . This year I’m making hats and scarves out of the colors and animals the kids each like. No clipping for the hubby- maybe. ;)
Along this line of giving, I have a Christmas Novella, Christmas Redemption, that I’m giving away free. You can find it at any ebook outlet.
Christmas Redemption took shape in my head when I read a story about a man who twenty-seven years after robbing a bank became that bank’s vice president. I thought “Wow, that would make a great premise for a Christmas story.” Only my hero who was a lookout for a robbery, came back to the town with a trade- bootmaking. Twelve years after being hauled off to prison and serving a longer sentence than his crime deserved he returned to make amends to his family and the town. He learns family secrets and why the judge had it out for him. He also falls in love with the daughter of the one casualty of the robbery.
Blurb for Christmas Redemption:
Van Donovan returns to Pleasant Valley, Oregon where twelve years earlier as a boy of fifteen he left in handcuffs after standing guard for a bank robbery. He's learned a trade and excelled at it and is ready to prove to his father and the town he can amount to something.
Upon his return he learns the fate of the daughter of an innocent man who died in the robbery crossfire. To make amends he takes her out of the saloon and gives her a job, not realizing she'd been squatting in the very building he'd purchased for his business.
Can two battered hearts find solace or will the past continue to haunt their lives?
Enjoy my gift to you and keep the goodwill of the season in your heart all year long.