At this time of year there are gains and losses to remember.
I remember the times when I used to complain at the number of cards to be sent to friends and family across the world. Now, when I go to the store to buy festive greetings I must bypass several sections because I no longer have a mother, sister and a cousin or friend for whom I can buy a card. That is sad.
A new gain is that I have found a whole set of friends through my writing and I also discovered electronic greeting cards from jacquielawson.com that are bright, tuneful and happy little videos which allow the sender to write a personal message. Best of all these can be sent very quickly, in advance if necessary, and they also have my birthday list for reminders!
Sometimes the losses overwhelm the gains and special occasions are hard to endure when that particular chair is empty. I have not yet written a book with a Christmas title, specifically to rack up sales, as is common at this time of year. I do include Christmas gatherings when they are appropriate to the story and I prefer these to be happy times rather than the disastrous events sometimes portrayed in movies or in Coronation Street television episodes, for example It is wonderful to be able to set characters around a table and bring good surprises to at least one or two of those in attendance.
I enjoyed the Christmas at Glenmorie Castle in ‘Return to Oban; Anna’s Next Chapter’ and, more recently, an especially wonderful celebration in the winter dining room at Harmony House in my Home Sweet Home series, when everyone around the table had good news to share.
I hope you will have a memorable holiday celebration with those you love and cherish.
Take time to appreciate the season and remember the gains whenever possible.