A QUIET HOLIDAY

New Year’s Day. I suppose my husband and I are not the only souls over 40 who got a good night’s sleep last night. After a few dozen New Year’s Eves, we don’t need to see that ball thing drop in Times Square – are they still doing that? We read for a while and then turned out the light long before midnight.

Christmas was subdued, too. Our kids came home for Thanksgiving instead of Christmas this year. The house has been all torn up for installing new carpet, so we didn’t decorate. Then my dad, newly admitted to the nursing home, was not approved for leaving for Christmas day, so my husband, Mom and Dad, and I had our Christmas at the facility. Turkey and dressing in the dining room was lovely. We opened presents around Dad’s bedside. And then Mom and Dad were exhausted. We went home and had a quiet afternoon.

We enjoyed our quiet holiday. We were ready for a little peace. But what makes Christmas most meaningful are going to church, and having children in the house to get excited about Santa Claus coming. Plus a big sparkling Christmas tree. Next year, we will certainly have our tree up, and maybe a bright-eyed four year old to help us celebrate.
Best wishes for your new year, everyone.

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About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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