Happy Holidays!

At this time of year, I think back to when I was a kid and how much I looked forward to decorating the Christmas tree, watching Christmas movies on TV (my favorite was A Christmas Carol), baking Christmas cookies, sneaking a sip or two of spiked eggnog and, of course, diving into the gifts left by Santa.

My Uncle Stanley was a Jesuit Brother. He worked the parish bingo games in Philadelphia and at Christmastime, the prizes were toys for the winners to take home to the kids. There were always some left over and that meant a bonanza for my sister and me. He was our real, live Santa Claus!

We lived in Baltimore, Maryland and about a week before Uncle Stanley was due to arrive, my sister and I would sit outside on the front steps in the hope he would somehow magically appear early. No matter that it was freezing cold. We’d bundle up and warm ourselves thinking of the bounty that would arrive in the trunk of his rental car.

By Christmas Eve we were nearly delirious with anticipation, and his arrival was met with kisses and hugs and gasps of awe as he unloaded a huge carton of brightly wrapped packages from the car. We stayed right on his heels as he carried that carton from the car and, one by one, arranged the packages beneath the tree.

My mother would admonish us, “Now you girls leave those packages alone!”

Yeah, right. As soon as the adults were gone from the room, we would start poking holes in the wrapping paper to determine what lay beneath it. Sometimes we succeeded; most times not.

It always puts a smile on my face when I look back on those days.

This holiday season, I don’t have brightly wrapped packages to give to you, but I do have bright wishes for all the best of the season. And a reminder that if you have friends who enjoy reading, we’ve got books that we’d love them to get, whether on their reading devices or in books they can hold in their hands. So, if you’ve got readers on your list, go on over to ARK Stories and see what we’ve got. Whether it’s a thriller, a love story, a short story or real life experiences, I’ll bet you’ve got someone on your list who would appreciate the gift.

No matter which holiday you celebrate, I wish you and yours all the best this season and in the coming year. Click the pic for a little holiday tune.

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