Welcome to Living the Dream. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of the holiday blog hop this year. It’s snowing outside, and we’ll definitely have a white Christmas this year. My granddaughters have completed their gingerbread houses and the tree has been decorated once more. The presents have been purchased and wrapped, and are waiting to be opened Christmas morning. Even my eldest son is home for the holidays, and this weekend, we’ll go up to Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village, something that has been part of our holiday tradition since the program started. Each year, more lights and Christmas surprises are added. This year, the children can visit with St. Nick, take a ride on the ferris wheel, and hop on the toy train for a ride through Chrysler Park. The music and light show is one of my favorite aspects of the event as is sitting down to dinner with friends and family afterwards. If you live in the area, it’s well worth the trip to see.
This morning, as I sit here contemplating all of the traditions my family has always associated with this season, I can’t help but think of others who don’t have the peace and joy of Christmas in their hearts. Christmas is a time to reflect on the good things in life, not dwell on perceived injustices and plotting revenge, hoping to hurt others while glorifying themselves. Sadly, there are far too many people like that in this world.
In the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey thinks he’s hit rock bottom when money goes missing, but thanks to Clarence, his guardian angel and Divine Intervention, George comes to realize that his life is worth living, that he’s made a difference in his world, and that’s all any of us want to do. For years, I thought the saddest part of that movie was that Mr. Potter, the crotchety old slumlord who actually took the missing money, is never brought to justice. It used to bother me that this issue remained unresolved. As an author, I make it a point of wrapping up all the lose ends in a story, and I considered this a huge loose end.
Like many Hollywood movies, It’s a Wonderful Life was loosely based on a short story “The Greatest Gift“, written by Philip Van Doren Stern in 1939 and self-published in 1945. There were several people involved in bringing the story to life and in the screenwriting they changed several aspects of the story to make the movie the Christmas fantasy epic it became. In doing so, the character Potter took on a more sinister role, one left unresolved at the end.
As I said earlier, I struggled with this until this year when it finally came clear to me because of the actions of others. If one believes in guardian angels and Divine Intervention, then one has to believe the rest of it. Jesus teaches us to forgive our enemies. From the King James Bible, Romans 12:19, Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Potter isn’t dealt with in the movie because it isn’t George’s or anyone else’s place to deal with him. Potter will get his just deserts when the time is right.
Recently, I’ve seen what hatred and pettiness can do to people. It can make them small-minded and hurtful. They think only of their anger and desire for revenge and overlook the truly important things in life. Christmas is a time to put into practice what I as Christians believe. It’s a time of celebration and forgiveness. It’s a time to open my heart to all people, those I like and those I dislike. It’s a time to set aside differences and let the peace goodness within me shine forth.
In Holiday Magic, Georgia is hurt and angry, She believes she’s been betrayed by someone she loves. Will she find the Christmas spirit within her to forgive and move on?
Seeing is believing, or is it?
Georgia Baxter loved everything about Christmas until she walked in on her fiancé in bed with another woman. Wounded and heart sore, she canceled her Christmas Eve fantasy wedding and fled to New York City, leaving everything and everyone, including her twin sister, Eleni, behind.
Three years later, still hurting but knowing it’s time to move on, she agrees to come home to help her sister, despite the fact she’ll be doing so at a time of year she now associates only with pain and betrayal. Discovering she’ll have to work closely with the man who shattered her dreams only makes things harder, especially when her body craves his touch.
Mark Anderson has no memory of his bachelor party other than waking up naked in the wrong woman’s bed. He clings to the hope someday he can convince Georgia to give him a second chance, but until she’s ready to listen, it won’t happen. Discovering she’s coming home to manage Holiday Magic for three months may be his lucky break.
Is there enough magic left in Christmas to help them overcome the past?
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