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Christmas is a Season! 2009 is a collection of short stories and essays by writers across the country. Because the holiday season is an emotionally charged time, the writers have explored the terrain of feelings, activities, discoveries, events, and memories associated with Christmas. The stories and essays are full of surprises: a pagan celebration, a Santa School transformation, a dog gaining heroic status, a teenager receiving the Christmas spirit, despite herself. Great joy, great longings, much laughter, some sadness, and some regrets -- the stories in Christmas is a Season! 2009 have all of this and more. Stir up a cup of hot cocoa, put a log on the fire, and pull up a comfy chair. Take a few minutes out of the Christmas rush to relax and examine Christmas while walking in a few other pairs of shoes!


Table of Contents

2 Theodore Pitsios (Short Story) Praying for Marigoula

16 Mary Anne Wright (Short Story) Haley’s Gift

24 Terry Wright (Short Story) Christmas at the Burger-Box

32 Joan Stidham Nist (Personal Essay) A Depression Christmas in Paradise

40 Mary Popham (Short Story) Home for Christmas – Bardstown, Kentucky, 1910

50 Terry Rozum (Personal Essay) Christmas Dinner for One

58 Tracy Hurley (Short Story) What You Need Most

76 Liz McCormick (Personal Essay) The Christmas Camera

80 Kathleen Thompson (Short Story) Finding the Lord

94 Wanda Wood (Short Story) Rubicon viii

106 Hazel Polly Pope (Personal Essay) The Christmas Range Wars

112 Irene B. McDonald (Short Story) Winter Light

122 Mahala Church (Short Story) Anything But Traditional

130 Stefanie Wass (Personal Essay) Christmas Elf

136 J.D. Frost (Short Story) The Snow Angel

148 Delores (Dee) Jordan (Short Story) Burning of the Yule Log

158 Hillene Deaton (Personal Essay) His Hands

164 Dixon Hearne (Short Story) A Cockeyed Christmas

176 CJ Petterson (Short Story) Hobbes House

194 Jean Loeb Reiner (Short Story) Dear Santa

202 Kay Grafe (Personal Essay) The Worst of Christmases, the Best of Christmases

212 Joyce Sterling Scarbrough (Short Story) Journey of a Thousand Miles ix

223 Editor’s Choice From Christmas is a Season! 2008

224 Jen Calder (Short Story) Christmas Dinner

230 Mahala Church (Personal Essay) Wonders Never Cease

242 Joan Stidham Nist (Personal Essay) Memory of the Spirit of a Christmas Past

248 C. D. Mitchell (Personal Essay) The Tree


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