7 Must-Read Holiday Blogs - Day 7

This holiday season, I've teamed up with six other authors to share our holiday memories--and this is the final segment! We hope you enjoy the stories as much as we do. Feel free to share your own memories in the comments below!

Happy Holidays!


The Real Magic

by Bob Atkinson

When invited to contribute to the 7 Blogs series, I considered memories, humorous anecdotes, and any number of other ideas. What came to me instead was a passage from the novel I’m currently writing. As Christmas Eve is nearly upon us, it seems especially apropos. I hope it touches you.

"He reached down to the bottom of the bed and felt around in the darkness until he encountered the filled stocking he knew his father had left there. Then he reached over to his brother's side of the bed and located his stocking, reassuring himself that one was no bigger than the other.

He knew what was in there. The sole bulged with the inevitable apple and orange. In the heel he could make out the unmistakable shape of a pink sugar mouse, that little jaw breaker which only seemed to appear in the shops at this time of year. There would be a handkerchief, or something equally useless, then something that felt like a pencil case, or perhaps one of the packets of Edinburgh rock his mother had brought with her on her last trip home from the hospital. At the top of the stocking would be the usual chocolate hollow Santa Claus.

 Individually there wasn't a lot there on which to base the special magic of Christmas Eve… 


Bestselling Author Bob Atkinson writes time-travel/alternate reality novels set in the magical Scottish Highlands he calls home. His first two books, The Last Sunset and its sequel Red Sky in the Morning, predict a very different America, had the Scots beaten off the English in a great deciding battle. 

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Want to read the other six days of Must-Read Holiday Blogs? Click on BLOG at the top or bottom of this
page for a listing of all 7 days -- including mine: The Year Our Christmas Tree was a Chair!