Let us tell you a story ...
• "The Saint, the Lover and the Devil" by Tony Chavira on Minefield Wonderland
• "Comes a Candle" by Dale Nelson (see below)
• "Zlatoosk and the Snowglobe" by Ehren von Lehe on von Lehe Creative
• "Reunion" and "The Night After Christmas" by Phil Wade on Brandywine Books
• "All the Time in the World" by Nathaniel Lee on Mirrorshards
• "Ghosts of Christmas" by Donna Hole on Donna Hole
• "Christmas with the Captain" by B. Nagel on B. Nagel
• "First Picture" and "Simeon" by Loren Eaton on I Saw Lightning Fall
• "Things Remembered" by Patricia Abbott on pattinase
• "Alone" by Michelle Davidson Argyle on The Innocent Flower
• "Untitled" by Steven Argyle on The Innocent Flower
• "The Witness" by S.D. Smith on SDSmith.net
• "Christmas at the Cabin" by C. N. Nevets on Nevets.QST
• "Christmas Cabin" by Aidan Fritz on Aidan Writes:
• "Advent Ghosts" by Yvonne Osborne on The Organic Writer
• "Christmas Eve" by Scott G.F. Bailey on scottgfbailey
• "A Christmas Eve Ghost Story" by David Loyd on The Guy In the Window
• "She" by Chestertonian Rambler on The Winding Road to Roundabout
• "Untitled" by Ollwen Jones (see below)
"Comes a Candle"
by Dale Nelson
Unfortunately they'd listened to the late-night news. John's shadowy dreams were tormented by a moving form and steel's glint. The serial decapitator was near.
He awoke, sweat-damp, gasping.
His wife turned to him, caressed his face. "John, it's all right. Go back to sleep."
Eventually he slept, where nightmare found him: the killer bent over, blade poised.
-- "Jane! Jane!" Eyes wide, he stared into the darkness, afraid even to turn his head.
He sensed his wife sit up next to him. He reached out to pat her back gratefully.
"It's all right," came her voice from her pillow.
("Comes a Candle" copyright 2010 by Dale Nelson; used by permission)
by Ollwen Jones
Three sisters: nineteen, twelve and seven,
Cozy, singing, lighting Advent candles.
They are thankful for each other.
House paid off; Misty is able to pay the bills.
Jenna mothers the other girls.
Charity does okay most of the time.
It’s a time of deepest joy and sorrow.
Mom and Dad are. . .
Ghosts of Christmases past.
Met head-on by one who celebrated too deeply.
Christmas reminds them
Of sweet times with Mom and Dad,
They feel most acutely the ache of loss,
But the coming of the Christ Child
Is also a wonderful symbol of life,
And their one great hope.
("Untitled" copyright 2010 by Ollwen Jones; used by permission)