Hey! I meant to have this post earlier this morning but I didn’t end up finishing last night.
Make sure to go to Faith’s post here.
We’re having another 12DoC giveaway this year! There’s two prizes, although they’re both pretty much the same thing. Each winner will receive a paperback copy of Behold (by yours truly), a pair of fuzzy Christmas socks, a Christmas ornament, and a few other small goodies (magnet, candy, something like that).
Short Story One: A Crazy, Crowded Christmas: What difference could a little snow make? The Tilman family is all settled in for a cozy Christmas at home, with no fears for the threatening snow. But when the roads become impassable and stranded travelers flock to their door, cozy quickly becomes crazy! When the storm stretches longer than anticipated, can a crowd of strangers come together to make a meaningful Christmas?
Short Story Two: Providence Christmas: Alone and unloved—did anyone care? All she wants for Christmas is to be free of the cold and snow. But when a wrong turn sends her on an unexpected detour, Mercy finds the kindness of strangers warming her in body and soul. Could the Providence her parents believed in truly have provided this for her?
Short Story Three: A Police Force for Christmas: These weren’t the Christmas surprises they expected… Christmas chaos at the Melson house usually involves wrapping paper and toys, not a broken window and a bare space under the tree. After a morning of questioning officers and chattering children, Amanda resigns herself to a very un-Christmasy day. But can the heroes on the Pineville police force find a way to save the family’s Christmas?
Short Story Four: A Carol in Her Heart: Few decorations adorn Miss Molly’s house this season, and the only carols sung come from the radio. But when a red pickup truck stops before her house, will Miss Molly Kennedy find a new reason to celebrate Christmas?
Short Story Five: Unto Him: When 10-year-old Richard discovers a family has moved into the empty house in the neighborhood, he is excited. Especially when he meets Jon and Jack. But something seems wrong. Is there anything Richard can do tho help make Christmas special for his new friends?
Short Story Six: Christmas Quilts: Memories. Gifts. And so much more.When her beloved grandmother suffers a heart attack, Olivia pours her love, fear, and grief into a new quilting project, rekindling the passion they once shared. But only through a very special Christmas does she come to see the true significance of her gifts . . . and the legacy they carry.
Short Story Seven: Christmas Smiles: This was Laina’s second Christmas without her parents, who had died in an accident, and she was sure it would bering nothing but tears, because she and her aunt couldn’t seem to get along. When a frightening experience occurs, Laina, her cousin, and her aunt and uncle find unexpected cause for smiles.
Short Story Eight: Christmas Delays and other short stories: Three Christmas Stories from WWII
A doctor, called up for duty in the army, spends one more Christmas with his wife in an unexpected way after God’s Christmas delays strand them in a small house with another family.
Very mild weather might not feel like Christmas, but young, orphaned Peter and his older sister find the peace and love of the season with the Hampton family in spite of the sadness of war.
I’ll be Home for Christmas
Grandpa recounts the memories of his first Christmas away from home during WWII.
Short Story Nine: Home for Christmas: Feeling that life is unfair when her father is killed in the front lines of France and she has to live with her relatives on a western farm, twelve-year-old Susanna Stanson runs away to the city. She decides that all will be well when she reaches her old home, but a severe snowstorm interrupts her trip.
Short Story Ten: A Christmas Disaster: As the students of Coolidge High School prepare for their annual Christmas play, excitement mounts. Performed at the local theater, the play, with the students in complete charge of, the performances has become a tradition in town. Everything is going well until the morning of the final performance when calamity hits. Should the students cancel the final performance or try to turn the disaster into something good?
Short Story Eleven: The Christmas She Wanted: Christmas had lost its charm and wonder. Mrs. Rush hated the feeling but was powerless to fix things. Traveling to visit relatives for the holidays, the Rush children pass the time with their eyes glued to the screens of their devices. That is, until the flashing lights of a State Highway Patrol car bring their trip to a sudden and unplanned-for stop.
Short Story Twelve: First Christmas in America: Klara Ivanski arrives from the Old Country with her Papa, Mama and ten brothers and sisters. “All vill be vell,” Papa assures them, but Mama and several of her brothers and sisters must remain at their aunt and uncle’s because of sickness. With barely enough money for food, Klara is quick to assure her papa that they only need Mama and the other to make Christmas special. But will the family be together for their first Christmas in America?
What do you think, do these sound like something you’ll read? Have you read any of these short stories? Have you heard of Rebekah Morris?