Someone said recently that Thanksgiving is a day, but Christmas is a season. They were referring to food, which, let’s face it, abounds this time of year. It got me thinking though about how far the truth of that statement reaches.
Beyond the food, we celebrate Thanksgiving for a day. The very next day we pack up our thanks and move into our plans for Christmas. We turn on the music, pull out the decorations, bake, watch movie after movie, shop and wrap, and so much more.
Of course, those are the actions of people who enjoy Christmas. There are some people who simply don’t care for the holiday. Others fall out of love with the crazy making of the season. And for some, Christmas loses its magic. It’s a saddening thought, but what if the reasons you loved Christmas died as the result of a sudden and tragic accident?
This was the track my mind took while planning and writing HER MIRACLE MAN. For Jennalyn James the answer was to retreat and shut herself off from life and most especially the holidays. Her only concession is to wear her I Believe in Santa robe her sister gave her. That is until she accepted a job to plan A Month of Miracles - as series of outings with kids who’ve spent too much time in the hospital. Kids who are finally well enough to experience some of the things they gave up during their illness, or thought they’d never see.
I smiled, laughed and cried as I wrote, because not even Jennalyn’s grief could withstand the magic of the season that I love so much. It wasn’t easy for her, but it didn’t take long for her to begin allowing some of the magic back into her heart. Kids have a way of doing that to us, after all.
What are some of the traditions you value the most? What holiday magic have you witnessed that will always stay with you?
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A last wish brings them together. Only love can keep them there.
November 27, 2012
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Children’s hospital administrator Ryland Davids was attracted to event planner Jennalyn James the moment he saw her. He thought there would be plenty of time to get to know her—until her younger sister, Sabrina, was admitted with complications from traumatic brain injury.
Sabrina’s bright courage broke through Ryland’s wall of professional distance, but once she drew her last breath, Jennalyn left the hospital and never returned. Though he understands her need for distance, there’s a hole in his heart that won’t heal. And a last wish from Sabrina he’s honor-bound to deliver.
When Jennalyn comes face to face with Ryland at a charity event, the pain comes rushing back, threatening to shatter her everything’s-fine façade. It doesn’t help that the lump in her throat is mostly her heart, leaping in response to his touch.
Despite her reluctance to return to the scene of her grief, she fulfills Sabrina’s final request to plan a series of Christmas events for the kids. Over the course of A Month of Miracles, Ryland and Jennalyn discover there’s the light of hope at the end of grief’s dark tunnel. But it may not be enough to heal her broken heart.