The Christmas season reawakens the desires and encouragement to give of oneself and to help others in need. This anthology includes fifteen inspirational and contemplative stories, written over the past couple of decades to follow themes of the Christmas cards the author crafted herself to send to friends and relatives. They provide an opportunity for those conflicted in various ways or swept up in the hustle and bustle of holiday routine to pause, contemplate, grasp, and be heartened and set in motion by the true spirit of the season. These stories share an element of unexpected gifts or struggling to catch on to what the season is all about and are great mood lifters for those who feel overwhelmed or marginalized by the commercialism and consumptiveness of Christmas.
Olivia Stowe is a published author under different names and in other dimensions of fiction and nonfiction and lives quietly in a university town with an indulgent spouse and two demanding Siamese cats.