The Red Plaid Christmas Stocking by Author Janalyn Voight

2012 December 16
by faylamb

Janalyn Voigt’s unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Beginning with DawnSinger, her epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, carries the reader into a land only imagined in dreams.

Janalyn also writes western romance novels and will publish in that genre under Janalyn Irene Voigt. She is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary. Janalyn serves as a literary judge for several national contests and is an active book reviewer. Her memberships include ACFW and NCWA.

When she’s not writing, Janalyn loves to find worlds of adventure in the great outdoors.

Janalyn shares a very sweet memory with a powerful lesson:

I expected little in the way of Christmas cheer. As a single mom struggling to finish college, the holidays were just one more thing to endure. I had just five dollars to spend on a Christmas gift for my daughter, but I was determined that we would have beautiful Christmas stockings. Day after day I labored, cutting up some red-and-blue plaid wool that I’d been saving for just the right project and stitching the stockings by hand. Across the tops, I added white fringe, and then crocheted loops for the tops. I made the stockings a little small so they wouldn’t seem sparse when filled with the few items I could afford. Christmas would be hard, but we’d get by.

My roommate volunteered to cook Christmas dinner for all of us, which was truly a blessing. On Christmas Eve my daughter and I were treated to a gourmet dinner. My roommate didn’t attend church but surprised me by suggesting we find a Christmas Eve service. I’d fallen away from going to church when my personal life fell apart, but the idea ignited a spark within me. The roads were bad, but we drove to a nearby church with a Christmas Eve service that we located through the phone book. As we crunched through the snow to the church’s entrance, the sound of a choir singing carried to us from the towering brick building.

The service had already started, but when we filed in late no one seemed to mind. As a vocal major I had performed at recitals, in operas, with symphonies, and as part of musical theater productions. There wasn’t anything musically spectacular about the choir. In fact, some people I knew might have termed it subpar. There were unexpected dissonances and wavering pitches. And yet…I had never heard more perfect music. The choir poured heart and soul into their singing. God sits enthroned on his people’s praises, as the Bible puts it, and He must have been present that night.

The choir stopped singing, and the pastor spoke a few words about finding the joy of Christmas in simplicity. Just before midnight the church grew hushed. We waited with expectancy in a breathless, holy moment until the church bell tolled in the most joyous Christmas morning I have ever known. And then there was miraculous singing.

It’s been years since that special Christmas Eve, but I’ve never forgotten it. Like the Grinch who stole Christmas I had to learn that even if there were no Christmas tree, no trimmings, and no gifts, Christmas would still come. Each of us who believes carries its light within us, a light nothing can extinguish.

I still hang my red plaid stocking on the mantel each Christmas. Whenever I look at it I remember that special Christmas night when God, Emmanuel, met me in my need and taught me that the best things in life are free.

Janalyn’s latest novel is DawnSinger:

The High Queen is dying… At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens.

But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes. On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing—and the salvation he offers—into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

Dawnsinger is available at Pelican Book Group, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

Enter to win a free copy of Janalyn’s My Memories Scrapbooking software and an autographed copy of DawnSinger. Giveaway closes Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at midnight, Pacific time. She will provide the winner a printable certificate for the software download and novel gift giving purposes upon request. Or keep the software yourself to help you more easily save those Christmas memories so you have more time to curl up and read DawnSinger!

3 Responses leave one →
  1. December 16, 2012

    Thanks for the opportunity to share my story.

    • December 16, 2012

      So glad to have you with us today, Janalyn. Thank you for sharing.

  2. December 20, 2012

    Beautiful story, Janalyn. I’m always amazed at how the most precious memories aren’t of things I’ve received but of moments I’ve spent with those I love and my Savior. I’ll never look at a plaid stocking the same. Thank you for sharing.

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