Wednesday, December 24, 2014

When Does It Feel Like Christmas? @kayelleallen #holiday

A Romance for Christmas
by Kayelle Allen
When I was a kid, it felt like Christmas from about mid September onward. I waited for it anxiously every year. It was a magical time and I adored the entire season. When I grew up and had kids, I enjoyed it for their sake. Then they got married, and I loved it for the grandkids. Now the grandkids are starting to grow up. The baby is 4, and he's at that wonderful age where everything is magical for him. It's good to see the cycle of life happening before my eyes. So when did it stop feeling like Christmas for me?

Looking back, I can see where I lost the spirit. I stopped being enchanted by the holiday, and began seeing it as work. I didn't want to put up a tree, because then I'd have to take it down again. I didn't want to send Christmas cards because I'd have to write them all out. I didn't want to do Christmas parties because they were too crowded, and too loud. I became Scrooge. Bah! Humbug!

This is the first year in many that I've truly enjoyed Christmas. It's not the same as it was. I have no children at home. My youngest grandchild lives nearly 3 hours away, so it's not as easy to see him as I'd like. But we are getting together with family on Saturday, and it will be okay. It will be better than okay because we'll be together, and it will be Christmas.

When does it feel like Christmas? When I start looking at ways to do things for others, and stop focusing on what I don't want. Perhaps I was depressed for a while. It happens. But I'm on the mend this year, and I'm loving Christmas again.

I think it helped that I wrote a Christmas romance, and then edited it and released it this year. Getting to tell this wonderful story of hope and help made a difference for me. I hope if you read it, A Romance for Christmas will help you get more out of the holiday as well. Here's a short excerpt, and a giveaway at the end.


A Romance for Christmas
When a cop brings Christmas to Dara's door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.
Dara was gaining strength daily, and would finish therapy the first week of January and return to work. Disability paid for the basics - lights, phone, water, trash collection, and she'd never bought anything on credit, refusing to dig herself into a hole she'd never escape once it got started.
She went to the closet and pulled down a box with a ball, crayons, paper, and three books. A friend had brought over a few things as well. This wasn't the grand Christmas Dara had wanted for her daughter, but all the other valuables had been sold. There was nothing left but her wedding ring.
She didn't wear it. Removing it had been part of saying good-bye to Jack.
They said it would help, and it had. Sort of. But not much.
Dara sank into one of the kitchen chairs and put her face in her hands.
Sometime later, when the doorbell rang, she grabbed a paper towel and dried her eyes. The clock over the stove said nine o'clock. Who would be calling at this hour on Christmas Eve? She stuffed the wet towel in her robe pocket on the way to the door.  

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A Romance for Christmas - A sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
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Kayelle Allen is a best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

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Tina Donahue said...

To me, Christmas is for kids. They should have a magical time. Although I don't get excited about the holiday like I did as a child, there are moments when I hear a Christmas tune that I get a warm, fuzzy feeling. Then it's back to work. :/

Congrats on your release, Kayelle. Enjoyed the excerpt. :)

Kayelle Allen said...

Thank you Tina. I'm glad to be here today. I'm about to run errands and do last minute stuff for our family get together. Nice to stop in and say hello to friends!

jean hart stewart said...

Enjoyed your comments, Kayelle.. Doing last minute stuff too. Merry, merry,

Kayelle Allen said...

Thank you, Jean! A merry happy to you, too! ^_^