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A Mid-West Christmas

Winter begins on the calender December 21st but in the Mid-West we feel the bite of Old Man Winter much sooner. Riding beside Jack Frost cold bitter weather chills our bones. Snow seeps into our boots and our noses turn bright as a berry. Rudolph as no monopoly on Midwesterners.

The Christmas season officially begins Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) when huge masses of people flock to the stores, the malls and every othe place they can think of. Money seems to rain from the sky as the slap of plastic on counters and the crackle of crisp bills tells the story of the latest Christmas gift craze. Over the years we’ve seen everything from Pet Rocks, to Cabbage Patch dolls to Chia Pets. If there is a fad to be had midwest daughters, mothers and grandmothers are bound to keep it going when Christmas time rolls around.

The reality is that those who live in the middle of the nation, myself included, are in love with the Christmas holiday. Perhaps everyone is. What I know is that we can’t wait for it to begin. I find it amazing that somehow in the final days, ney hours, we find ourselves racing for that perfect gift. We’ve spent over a month shopping and somehow we still haven’t found everything. Zero hour nears and we scramble our brains in desperate ferver hoping and praying that something will catch our eye and literally scream out to us, “I’m for Bob. Buy me!”

At home we deck the house out with lights, garland and huge displays of blow-up creatures. There is more wattage pulsing outside our doors than in and somehow we don’t much care. “Hang the cost,” we say. “It’s Christmas.” Inside we have several trees because one isn’t enough. If we only put up one half our ornaments wouldn’t be used. Never would it occur to us to give some away or not to buy more. “It’s shiny. Aw, isn’t he cute. That would match the music box on the mantle. Wrap it up.”

Christmas morning dawns. The light hasn’t reached our windowsills and the rooster has yet to crow but we bundle ourselves in slippers and robe and make our way down the steps. The trees are still lit from the night before and we smile at their cheer glow. They seem to be saying Merry Christmas and we answer in silent kind. The day has arrived.

Under the main tree are so many packages you would think there was a Santa Claus. Really, the charge card companies are playing Santa for a few weeks until it’s all over but we don’t think about that. We see the smiles of our children and we know that all that running around was more than worth it.

So what exactly is Christmas? Irving Berlin said it all when he wrote the song White Christmas. We here in the Midwest dream of snow glissening from the tree tops, writing and recieving Christmas cards, listening to the magical tinkle of bells ringing and good cheer shared by all. Wheather we live in the vast Metropolis of Chicago neighborhoods or the little village missing on the big maps, our hearts beat with the same message as Clement Moore.

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night.

A World of Joy – Book Review

A World of Joy is a Christmas anthology of over twenty short stories written by writers across the globe whose simple wish is to spread holiday joy. Each story is charming by itself but taken together they represent all the gifts and all the wonders of the glittering Christmas world. As you flip through the pages, snow will twirl around you, lights sparkle through windows and the spirit of Christmas will be in the air. Inside gifts are being left under the tree, people you always wanted to meet are dropping by and hugs are being exchanged for flavorful aromatic cookies.

We hope A World of Joy will bring a smile to your lips as you journey through its pages and see that wishes do come true. This compendium of cheer is sure to brighten your holiday and remind you of that happy childhood feeling associated with tearing and shredding wrapping paper in anticipation of that long desired gift.

The goal of every writer is a work published. To see words we put to paper or blank screen on the page of a book that we can hold is a dear sight to us all. We long for that day and work constantly in hopes that tomorrow, next week, month or year will be that day. Today is that day for me. My short story, Weekend Wife is in this new book published by Grey Mouse Publishers under the name of Elizabeth Rye. I ts my turn to say,  “Yea, I did it! Im published!


Please pick up a copy of A World of Joy and enjoy reading from this collection of short Christmas stories. They have been specifically tailored to be wholesome and friendly to all ages and religions. You will find that they can comfortably be reading aloud to the whole family.


Available as a FREE download at the following locations on November 29th, 2013 (Black Friday):

  • Barnes & Noble
  • iTunes
  • Smashwords
  • Sony
  • Kobo

Please leave a review and let all these splendid authors know that their goal of holiday cheer was accomplished. As a fellow writer or a reader who appreciates the writing craft you understand how a few simple words does wonders for the soul. If possible, please drop me a line here and let me  know  what you thought of my short story. I had fun writing, Weekend Wife and I hope you will have fun reading it.


From all of us, thanks so much for your encouragement. You help make it all possible.

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