Christmas Seconds by Olivia Stowe

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The Christmas season is one of seconds: searching for just another second to be able to get everything prepared, second helpings at the holiday table, second thoughts about what it all means and about relationships, and second chances to fulfill the meaningful in gift giving and relationships. Christmas Seconds offers up a five-story inspirational novella followed by five separate short stories that also explore the theme of “seconds.” The stories in the last section are ones that I have included in what I call my “Christmas Card Tales,” because they are very short stories, designed to be included with the cards I send out to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

The novella titled Christmas Seconds is of unexpected opportunities and second chances—and snowballing effects—as a young couple that has been blessed with health and security—and each other—is preparing to embark on a long-delayed honeymoon cruise at Christmas time. As they prepare, they and those they are encountering around them, discover that the true meaning and gift of the season is right there at home—and is in giving of yourself.

In the last section, the short story “Second Helping” is one of hearing the message and quietly responding. “Second Glance” is one of not looking in the right place for the spirit of Christmas—and thus possibly overlooking a treasure. “Second Christmas” stresses that the one getting the most presents isn’t necessarily the happiest one, and, similarly, “Seconds” shows that heartfelt gifts may not be the showiest versions. The concluding story, “Second Job,” is a celebration of appreciation in the true Christmas spirit.

About Olivia Stowe

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Olivia Stowe is a published author under different names and in other dimensions of fiction and nonfiction and lives quietly in a university town with an indulgent spouse and two demanding Siamese cats.
Published September 26, 2011 by Cyberworld Publishing. 120 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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