DOWNSIZING—THE TIME HAS COME
Hi everyone. Well, I decided this is the year I’m going to downsize my tree. I have a beautiful artificial tree in the attic that takes three people to get down and carry down the stairs. That’s the first problem. The second one is, I’m not getting any younger, so it takes me a couple of days to get it decorated to my liking rather than the one day I used to be able to do it in. This is my new tradition, starting this year—downsizing.
But I couldn’t decide what to do. I had two smaller trees from years’ past—a “regular” one that’s about five feet tall rather than the seven-and-a-half foot one I’ve put up for that last several years, and I have this little reindeer tree that was easy to decorate—but it had no lights, and I must have lights. So, I ended up with two trees—still easier than the one giant one.
Like so many of you, I have grown children who aren’t quite settled enough yet to be able to give them their keepsake Christmas ornaments with a clear conscience, so I have more ornaments than I know what to do with—especially with this smaller tree. But that’s what I wanted for this year—smaller. Not so much. Maybe next year will be different, but for this Christmas, this feels just right.
In my western/Civil War short story anthology A HERO FOR CHRISTMAS, one of the stories, A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES, revolves around a miracle on Christmas Eve. Nick Dalton, a wounded fast gun with a reputation, seeks shelter from a blizzard with three children at Angela Bentley’s cabin. Three children start their own Christmas tradition that night with a small tree that night, and Nick and Angela realize that Christmas really is A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES. The other short stories in this anthology are: SCARLET RIBBONS, MEANT TO BE, and HOMECOMING.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
A HERO FOR CHRISTMAS
A four-story Western collection from award winning author Cheryl Pierson
A Night for Miracles ~ Widow Angela Bentley takes in injured Nick Dalton and three orphans on Christmas Eve. Angela determines to keep her distance – until the children drag in a scraggly Christmas tree.
Homecoming ~ A holiday skirmish sends Union officer, Jack Durham, on an unlikely mission for a dying Confederate enemy. Will a miracle be able to heal his heart and reunite him with his beloved?
Meant to Be ~ Robin Mallory is shocked when she is tackled by a man in a Confederate uniform. A flat tire and a coming snowstorm have stranded her in the middle of a re-enactment – or is it?
Scarlet Ribbons ~ Persuaded by a vendor, Miguel Rivera ~ El Diablo ~ makes a foolish purchase—scarlet ribbons. Will they, and a mysterious meeting, set him on a new path?
A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES When widow Angela Bentley takes in injured ex-gunhawk Nick Dalton and three orphans on Christmas Eve, she is determined only to lend a hand where needed. But when the children drag in a small, scraggly Christmas tree, Angela finds herself wanting to create a memorable holiday for them. Can these visitors become the family she longs for? For those who believe in miracles, anything is possible--even true love, in the most unlikely circumstances.
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