Writers to Follow:

December 2017 Edition

Christmas season means so many things to so many different people. From the secular to the sacred, family traditions, vocation, location, climate, and a host of other factors influence how and if we engage the season and interact with one another. And these ways vary from person to person. While it’s good to have our traditions and rituals, it never hurts to take a look at what factors motivate others during the yuletide. In seeing the ways that others experience Christmas, we learn that there’s more than one way people move through life. This in turn gives us a better appreciation of our own circumstances and a greater understanding of others’.

Thanks to all the writers who gave of themselves, their time, and their energy. The stories presented are a kaleidoscope of memories and aspirations all centered around Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and all are listed below in such a way as to take you on a journey.

Whatever it is you anticipate this Christmas, my desire is that within this unique collection of works by an international gathering of writers from various walks of life, you will uncover stories that resonate with you, broaden your vistas of the world in which you live, and buoy you with the hope, love, joy, and peace of the season.

Merry Christmas!

HOPE, the expectation for a certain outcome, the arrival of a person, or thing. Christmas at its core is about fulfillment of a promise. These stories address remaining afloat with in the face deferred fulfillment or life’s unexpected detours.

LOVE, that undefinable attraction, affection, or attachment; the stuff that there’s just too little of, that’s made for you and me, and all we need. These stories explore the notion of love as it manifests itself, how it’s nurtured, and is purest when it is freely given.

JOY, unbridled happiness. The are stories of the unlikely circumstances from which joy emerges; how it often shows up when it’s least expected, always seems to leave too soon, and is most missed after it’s long gone. But joy always leave behind a spark, waiting to be rekindled, and passed on like a torch . . . again, and again, and again.

PEACE — freedom from worry or disturbance. How far are you willing to go to get it? Do you embrace it when it arrives after the storm? Funny thing is, it’s always closer than you know. Sometimes ushering in peace is as simple as choosing to recognize it for what it is: a conscious decision to recognize it for what it is.

Love one another!