Merry almost Christmas, loveys! How are you this holiday season? At this moment, I’m in a hotel room, looking out the window at a very cold, very busy New York City morning. Taylor Swift is singing Christmas Tree Farm on Apple Music.
The Jeffster and I are in the city for his work Christmas party. But it’s cold outside so I’m having a second cup of coffee and blogging before I have to go out later. I have to tell you, there’s something extra delicious about getting a quiet morning to myself right in the middle of the year’s most hectic season.
That brings me to my new novella. I just released a holiday novella titled A Merry Little Christmas. The title came from my all-time favorite Christmas song, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
It’s what I want every year–just a merry little Christmas. Just a little joy and peace and love and family.
This little holiday story checks in on the Romano family from my Romano Family Collection (but it works as a standalone too). I wondered how Mandy was doing after seven years of marriage and two children. Turns out, Mandy is all of us. She needs a little joy and peace too, but those things don’t always come easy.
I hope you’ll hop over to Amazon and check out this short story. It’s a fast read with a lot of heart.
What’s on your Christmas list this year, lovey? What do you need? It changes over time for all of us. I can see this even with my kids. Our oldest, Ashtyn, struggled to think of what she wanted this year. She’s getting older, but it’s a process. Every woman knows this.
Going into the new year–I think I just want the love of my tribe. People to do life with. Family to lean on. Friends to share experiences. The freedom to be me and nothing more. Nights where I sleep well, knowing all my babies are nearby and safe. Nights where I stay up too late, laughing with friends. Dinner with my people. Dessert without one worry about calories. Time to read. Moments of just quiet, breathing deep. Coffee on the back porch. Date nights in New York City.
I can check that last one off tonight. 🙂
I’m so excited for Christmas this year, not because of gifts (though I love that part too!), but because I’m so thankful for what we still have. My parents are with us. My sister and brother-in-law will be in town and I can’t wait to spend time with them. I know my kids and my niece will all be so excited, playing with new toys.
I love the togetherness of Christmas. A large gathering or small–it’s a shared celebration and that’s what I love. Let’s chase peace and joy. In fact, let’s create those things where we can.
Let’s wrap up grace and give it to each other.
Christmas is coming, loveys.
I’m here for it.