Thursday, December 4, 2014

Trim the Tree Blog Hop

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We have yet to trim the tree this Christmas. Every year we take out the ornament boxes and my children hang their favorites on the tree. Between Thanksgiving and December 25th, they each get a new ornament which we label with their name and the year. When they grow up and marry, we will wrap these special ornaments for them to hang on the Christmas tree in their own homes. 

It's bittersweet as the ornament collection grows and the days pass quicker between each holiday. I couldn't pick a favorite. Each object holds a memory, of gingerbread men made, trips to the nearby Hallmark store, or even to Target to pick that year's special ornament. Paper decorations hang heavy with glitter and glue, gracing the tree along with the outlines of hands made into reindeer. These are my treasures, growing whispy with age...the ones not perfect enough to make the cut to be carried to new homes, but those that I will keep and hold close to my heart.  

Enjoy an excerpt from my newest release A Christmas Coffee, now $0.99, from Astraea Press. Meet Sarah and Parker and Parker's little boys, Strawn and Marco at a villa in Sicily at Christmas.


The boys were content listening to Chef Antonio tell them a story of a Christmas past and a grand adventure through a snow-covered mountain. Their eyes slipped lower and lower as they leaned back against the cushions of the couch.
Soon they were asleep, taking long deep breaths. The group paused in their conversations to watch the little boys. Their straight black bangs hung close to their eyebrows as dark lashes fell against chubby cheeks. There was nothing like the gift of children and the life they added to a celebration.
Sarah moved to Parker’s side at the glass windows. He faced her and gave her a lopsided grin, clasping her hand and opening the door to the patio. He pulled her gently through and closed it behind them.
“We…can’t,” Sarah said, her lips trembling.
“Don’t be embarrassed. It’s just time for…goodbye.” His grin had faded, and he grew serious. “This seemed the appropriate place.”
Holding onto her hand, they crossed to the chairs standing in the darkness of night with a cloud-covered moon.
She sat down, their hands separating. The air cooled her moist palms and ruffled her hair. Parker continued to stand, his shoulders squared. “It’s been…unforgettable.”
Sarah nodded, then realizing he hadn’t seen her agreement, said aloud in a breathless whisper, “Yes.”
“I want you to know you can call me anytime.”
“And you as well. I’ll be around…at the bakery and, eventually, school.”
Parker voice stilled the air. “And I want to just say on the death of your…”
“Husband,” Sarah said, her voice catching and the blood rushing to her head.
“I’m so sorry. Your husband.” He pulled a chair close, facing her, and sat. He tilted her chin up, so her eyes gazed into his. “Lean on God instead of away from Him. And…you can lean on me too, as a friend or…someday, maybe more.”
Tears made his image waver. She closed her eyes, the drops falling heavy against her cheeks. He bent forward then, brushing his lips against hers with the barest pressure. She was breathless. Her heart and her head warred.
She pushed against him with her hand and stood. “I can’t feel…not again. It’s too painful.”



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16 comments:

  1. I have always remembered every year putting up the tree and being fascinated by each ornament that went on the tree-- luckily I was able to bring some of those same ornaments from my parents tree and share them with my own family.
    Cherylslife67@charter.net

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    1. Aww. How sweet. Thanks for stopping in, Cheryl. :)

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  2. I loved making gingerbread houses out of graham crackers with my family. My mom would make icing mortar and we would use it to put together the crackers and decorate the houses with all kinds of candy. Franky tyandfranky@gmail.com

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    1. Fun! We usually get a kit but I think this year we may try the graham crackers! Thanks for the idea!! :)

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  3. I love making homemade gifts & goodies with my children to share with others! <3 Blessed making memories..

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    1. <3 What wonderful memories that your children will have and carry on with their kids. <3

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  4. I can remember going to my grandparents house and all of my family being there. I miss it so much and it will never happen again because both of my grandparents are gone but I do have some great memories.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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    1. thanks for comment, Sherry. Have a blessed Christmas. I miss Christmas with my grandparents too. What great memories though.

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  5. The year I got a saddle for my pony, he was as round as a barrel & I had trouble staying on him.. I love my pony Tony :) I do miss going to my parents house for Christmas Eve. Now that the children are grown with families we don't get too many Christmas Eve's to be together..
    dkstevensne AT outlook DotCom

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    1. wow! how cool to have a pony in your life and memories, Deanna. God bless you this Christmas!

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  6. This year we won't put up a tree because we have a two year old in the house but we will have decorations strategically placed out of reach…lol.

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    1. hehe and a few years from now you'll be remembering your wonderful Christmas this year. How sweet. God bless you, Tara.

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  7. decorating the tree together

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  8. Christmas was always special as a child. I remember we always got to open 1 present on Christmas Eve, and it was always a new pair of pajamas to be wore that night for pictures the next day!
    I think one of the sweetest Christmas was Dec 1976, newly married and broke. My husband came home on Christmas Eve (his birthday) with a used black and white TV he bought at a pawn shop, we didn't have a TV. Broke but very much in love and still married 38 years later.
    Kathy Watts
    Redrabbitt@aol.com

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    1. So sweet, Kathy. We do the same with the new Christmas jammies on Christmas eve. :) What a beautiful memory with your husband. God bless you!

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