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The Other Name For Christmas is Hope
I hope you know that we changed the name of our publication previously from “This Shall be Our Story” to “Dreams and Stories”. But Our theme hasn’t changed, and we shall continue to publish personal stories about life and dreams.
A place I live in France had the first snowfall of the season on 4th December. Coincidentally, it was a day where I had hosted a dinner for my friend. In the Northern hemisphere, snowfall brings not only extreme coldness but lots of good news too. Yes, Snowfall is also about Christmas and a New year.
The Other Name For a Christmas is Hope.
Christmas is a celebration because we believe it is a day where God reconciles with humans. After sin separated Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, God wanted to make a new covenant with the people he loved. Christmas was a day when he sent his son “Jesus of Nazareth” to earth.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” — John 3:16, The Holy Bible (ESV),
Christmas is a special event because family meets and share the love on this day. I am sure you are too looking to celebrate that day with your family.
For me, a Christmas of 2020 will be a straight third Christmas out of the home. I have been in France since August 2018, and it is as if it ages since I last met my family. I know the pain and emptiness of being alone during Christmas. Still, I live with the hope that I will spend my next year with my family. Yes, I had this hope last year, but I am thankful that the internet connects us daily, and I carry this hope with me for next year.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, I hope you carry a hope this Christmas too.
A Christmas prompt
Do you have any stories to share about your family and Christmas? Maybe you have some unfulfilled dreams or unforgotten memory that can connect with your audience? If yes, we invite you to share your story (poem, essay, or fiction) about Christmas.
We are looking forward to your submission, and while you submit, let us know (through personal notes or on kicker), saying it is a Christmas prompt.
Hurry, the Christmas prompt shall run till 2nd January 2021. There is no restriction on the number of stories you submit (can be one or over one post), but it should be a fresh draft and never published stories.
We rarely ignore any articles, and for Christmas prompt too, we shall try our best to continue our tradition. However, to make sure your stories connect with our family, we may give feedbacks and request you to edit it again.
Yes, there can be a gift.
To motivate you on writing, we are searching for sponsors who can award a few stories with a surprise gift. We will announce the update in the coming days.
If you want to sponsor our prompt, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you missed our few posts
Mary Hood's post about a prayer reminds me we still need to pray for each other. Gurpreet Dhariwal writes about lessons she learned from street vendors. Darshak Rana talks about being the lamp of love. Mari Moore talks good things about relationships when you are highly sensitive people. Binit Acharya writes a poem about forgotten memories.
I would recommend you to read The Three Most Difficult Words To Say Are Not I Love You.
There are many other stories that you can read in the latest section of the publication.
Follow on LinkedIn
We are going through a major change in the publication in 2021; we need to range a new audience range to share your stories. So we are on LinkedIn too. If you are on LinkedIn, we can’t wait to see you there.
We also promote our stories through multiple platforms, and I hope you use this to the fullest. Do not forget to promote yourself.
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See you soon.