In case anyone was on tenterhooks about this, I actually decided to celebrate the winter holiday this year. We made a pretty neat tree with more lights than I thought possible to put on one, topped off with a stuffed penguin. There are gloomy days right now, even here in sunny Arizona and the lights are a welcome touch of brightness. Though it’s difficult to see, I have small folded paper cranes among the branches as ornaments. It’s a great reminder of light, life, and good cheer!
Along with the annual holiday story that I do with my family, I’ve also updated the anthology that we published last year. Yuletide Lights now has sixteen stories and a fresh new look. It’s available in eBook and paperback formats. Personally, I recommend the paperback format, as it’s a nice weighty little volume, but the eBook version still has all the pen and ink illustrations so you won’t be missing out on anything.
The stories, as the subtitle suggests, are all heartwarming tales of home and family, both in farm and city, and sometimes with a dash of humor sprinkled in. These aren’t stories of big, extravagant Christmasses – but rather ones where a few boughs of freshly picked holly and maybe a store-bought box of cordial cherries make or break the day. There are little girls who dream of ponies and find out what having a real one is like, hard working moms, old houses, shabby towns and always plenty of love. I hope you’ll decide to check it out, even if it’s just to read the sample excerpt on Amazon.