Priceless Holiday Memories by LoRee Peery
Wrapped up in all the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, how do others see you? Do you portray harried grouchiness or joy in the season of our Lord’s birthday? “A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,” (Prov. 15:13).
Nostalgia of childhood goes hand in hand with holiday happenings. Taking a trip back in time, I remember my mother telling us how fortunate we were at Christmas time. Her gifts as a child were needed homemade clothing, and maybe an orange. In comparison, kids of today are privileged.
One of my favorite memories is the wonderful school plays given in the one-room country schoolhouse. Blankets strung on wire created stage curtains. The teacher sat on a bench with script in hand to prompt students. We also sang and recited poems. Once the program ended, an ancient Santa wearing a seamed face and lots of padding, rang out in his jolly bass, “Ho, ho, ho, M-e-r-r-y Christmas!” His voice resounded through the room as we waited to taste the delightful goodies he carried in that gunnysack slung over his shoulder: hard candy, nuts, mints covered in chocolate that we called “haystacks,” an orange and an apple.
From Kindergarten through eighth grade, I participated in the Christmas Eve Sunday school program presented at our postcard-picture little white church with the steeple. That’s where I memorized Christmas carols. We kids were allowed to open one gift before we left for church. Most of the time, a necessary surprise to wear for the night.
Our trees were always spindly, sparsely branched cedars cut from the pasture or shelterbelt—Charley Brown trees. We kids loved throwing on icicles to cover up the holes between branches. With so many small helpful hands involved, the glass baubles grew fewer each year.
What are you leaving as memories of joy for your loved ones? Traditions create memories and bind families. Whatever your memories, savor them because life is short, and changing faster than we can voice an opinion. Take time to make new memories. Love one another, and may I challenge you to leave a legacy of joy.
Blythe loves her job and doesn’t need personal relationships, especially of the “love life” variety. Steeling herself from a recent heartbreak, Blythe focuses on furthering her successful career, but when her father needs surgery, Blythe returns home to help with the family auto shop. There, she comes face-to-face with the dreams of her past.
Werner has been content to let life pass him by. Following the death of his parents and the loss of his job, he returns to the only place he’s ever called home. He finds Blythe more breathtaking than he remembered. But her presence is only temporary and she refuses to let him in.
Can Blythe leave her career behind for a whole new life? Though her heart cries to remain with Werner, can she risk being hurt again?
More About LoRee Peery:
Christian romance author LoRee Peery writes to feel alive, as a way of contributing, and to pass forward the hope of rescue from sin. She writes of redeeming grace with a sense of place. LoRee clings to 1 John 5:4 and prays her family sees that faith. She has authored the Frivolities Seriesand other e-books. Her desire for readers, the same as for her characters, is to discover where they fit in this life journey to best work out the Lord’s life plan. She is who she is by the grace of God: Christian, country girl, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and author. She’s been a reader since before kindergarten. Connect with LoRee through her blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook. Find her publications at Pelican Book Group and Amazon.