Christmas is all about family and making memories. But what happens after the kids are all grown, have moved out of the house, started families and memories of their own several states away? Can Christmas still be Christmas without family gathered around the tree?
Judith Winters is spending her first holiday season as a true empty nester. For the first time in her life, none of her children or grandchildren will be spending Christmas with her.
Why bother putting up a tree at all?
Why take the time to decorate the house if no one will be there to see it?
Judith is wrapped in a holiday depression so dark that it catches the attention of her husband. But every attempt he makes to lift the mood fails. Could those old ugly ornaments in the attic be the key to unlocking Judith’s holiday spirit?
He has to try.
Dan Walsh is a master character builder. I love his books and his characters. Keeping Christmas is no exception.
I appreciate how Dan delves into the sensitive world of depression. He shows realistically what it is like for not only the person experiencing depression, but how that depression affects those around the person.
Keeping Christmas might cause you to reexamine your own views about what makes Christmas special, and how you can engage with those who struggle during that time of year.
If you want a nice, quick holiday read to get you in the mood for Christmas. I highly recommend Keeping Christmas.
Nothing is more beautiful than family
For the first time since their children were born, empty nesters Judith and Stan Winters spent Thanksgiving without the kids, and it’s looking like Christmas will be the same. Judith can’t bring herself to even start decorating for the holiday; her kids always hung the first ornaments on the tree, ornaments they had made each year since they were toddlers. Sure, the ornaments were strange-looking–some were downright ugly–but they were tradition.
With Judith refusing to decorate the bare spruce tree in their living room, Stan’s only hope for saving the holiday is found in a box of handmade ornaments . . .
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.