"And therefore, Uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that Christmas has done me good; and will do me good; and I say 'God bless it!'"December's topic was mythology. I think I threw you guys for a loop that time, because it was not really Christmas-like at all, unless you count Santa Claus. Apologies to those of you who still believe. Go...watch The Polar Express or something. After decorating for Christmas the other day, I fell into a brown study over a magazine we have had since I was a year old. It's a Family Circle Christmas Treasury from 1993 and is full of stories, poetry, carols, and flash fiction. I have always loved it and poured over its never-ending pages every year during this season. So obviously, I love flash fiction about Christmas. This is the time of year in which I get nostalgic and love a good short story that makes me laugh or tear up or wish-it-wasn't-over. Don't you? In December, I don't mind you playing my emotions and making me cry over entirely fictional people who have an impossibly sweet story. Christmas is a time for miracles in every stretch of the word. I love it. I'll watch White Christmas and Christmas in Connecticut and Holiday Inn as many times as I can before Redbox reclaims them. I'll shout holiday trivia answers at the expense of everyone else's eardrums. I'll create little presents that don't cost much but means loads. And not only is this Christmastime, it is Advent: the time of year when we wait for the coming of Christ as a child and look to His second coming as a King who will put all things right. So this year, December's Chatterbox topic is:
-Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Each of us is waiting for something, or has waited. Have you ever had that fulfilled? Put that anxiety, hope, joy, peace, turmoil, what-have-you into words from you or from your characters (keeping an eye to dialog as usual) and link it up at the bottom of this page. Cheers, darlings! Can't wait to read all the holly-jolly. And does anyone else but me have "Read A Christmas Carol" on their holiday to-do list? It's a yearly tradition for my sister and me. We also watch the film, of which Jim Carey's version is our favorite, and sometimes we even make it well into The Cricket on the Hearth before the New Year. I'm off to work again, so tra-la-la!