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1. Share one of your favorite holiday memories. Three years ago, during the Christmas Eve party with my family, we had the problem of finding a place for my nephews to sit while they ate. My sister had bought them kid’s chairs for Christmas, but they were supposed to be gifts from Santa. When my brother-in-law went to get them out of the car, my mom and sisters were saying, “Listen. Santa’s coming. Do you hear that?” And I, being creative, put my hand behind my back and shook my charm bracelet, which had tiny bells on it. My nephew’s eyes grew wide and they looked all around because they could hear the jingle bells on Santa’s sleigh. They even went to the sliding glass door and peeked out the blinds. My brother-in-law came back inside and told them he saw Santa and that he dropped off the table and chairs for them. The boys were thriller. When they were seated at their table and we were all eating one of my nephews said, “I think Santa’s coming back”. My hand stilled with the fork halfway to my mouth. Every time I moved to eat my bracelet jingled and they thought it was Santa! I had to sneak away to take it off so I could eat my dinner.
2. What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Decorating Christmas cookies! You are never too old to lick frosting off your fingers and to stick sprinkles onto baked pieces of sweet dough in the shape of Christmas trees and stars.
3. What is your favorite holiday song? Happy Christmas (War is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
4. What is your favorite holiday movie? Prancer. When I was little I watched Prancer year-round!
5. What is the most important thing about the holidays for you? Giving. I love to participate in charities like Operation Christmas Child, a great organization that collects shoe boxes every year full of toys and other items children need. These shoes boxes are delivered to children all over the world. I also like to donate to holiday food drives and the Salvation Army when I can. I even think about ways that I can give back to those I love. This year I am making something special for everyone in my family, an idea that I think is more thoughtful than buying a gift at a store.
6. What do you do on Christmas Eve? I open presents! My family has done this since before I was born. They started the tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve because this day was the best time for my mom’s family to open presents, what with birthdays, church celebrations, and visits to grandparents.
Now my family gathers at my mom’s house every year for a Christmas Eve party. We eat dinner, take Christmas pictures, exchange gifts, laugh, and make memories. I look forward to it every year, especially seeing the excitement on my nephew’s faces while they open their gifts.
7. What tops your tree? A beautiful six-pointed glittery white star that lights up. I bought it a few years ago after not having anything to top my tree for several years.
8. What color lights do you put on your tree? After much experimenting, I’ve decided the best colored lights to go with the ornaments on my tree are red and green.
9. Where would you spend the holiday if you could go anywhere in the world? I think Christmas in London would be magical.
10. Do you have a favorite holiday decoration? I do. It is the first nutcracker I received as a gift from my dad when I was about nine years old. I was in love with the Nutcracker ballet and when I tore off the wrapping paper to find a handsome nutcracker with gleaming black paint on his coat and hat, I was enchanted. He is a bit beaten up now, but every year he gets a special spot to stand on my desk.
I decided to share a savory recipe to break away from all the sweets that are popular during this time of year. This is a recipe passed down by my maternal grandmother.
Super Taco Supper
1 pound of hamburger meat
1 packet of Taco Seasoning Mix
1 can of Kidney Beans
1 can of Condensed Tomato Soup
1 can of Campbell’s Chunky Old-Fashioned Vegetable Soup
Bag of Fritos
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Brown the meat in a pan, drain the grease, and add ½ the packet of taco seasoning.
- Drain and rinse kidney beans then add to the browned meat.
- Add the cans of tomato soup and vegetable soup to the meat and kidney beans. Mix well and heat on the stove.
- Lightly crush Fritos with your hands, put a layer of crushed Fritos onto a plate, scoop the meat mix over the Fritos, and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
- Dig in!
After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.
Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he’s trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.
As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime?
On the television set, which was fighting to stay alive, was breaking news. She caught bits and pieces of it as she emptied the bowl of blood-tainted water and threw out the cloth. It was about a high-speed chase that had occurred about a half-hour ago. Beth shook her head. Apparently, Donovan wasn’t the only idiot driving around during a hurricane.
She went back into the living room and began replacing all the medical supplies into the first-aid kit. Behind her, a reporter was explaining that the driver of the car was believed to be a murder suspect.
“The name of the—”
The lights flashed, prompting Beth to snatch up her flashlight.
Her fingers went cold around the plastic tube as ice frosted her veins. She straightened her spine and turned stiffly to the television, her heart wasn’t beating in her chest. On the screen was the picture of the man who was right now changing in her bedroom. Above it was a caption in bold letters that read—SUSPECT.
She gripped the flashlight in her frozen fingers. Her heart thudded fearfully. She stared into the immobilized violet eyes through the glass.
“Oh my god,” she gasped.
She had brought a murderer into her home!
Chrys Fey is the author of the short stories—The Summer Bride and Fallen. She created the blog Write with Fey to offer aspiring writers advice and inspiration. She lives in Florida where she is ready to battle the next hurricane that comes her way.
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