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Pen & Page Faith Smith is a native Carroll Countian. She is also a book reviewer and a published romance author.

CHRISTMAS OLD AND NEW

I could say something like wow, Christmas got here fast this year, but that seems to be the norm for every year now. What I can say is that each year I think we should be grateful for old memories and relish in the making of new ones. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, whereas Thanksgiving was Rick’s. However he started a tradition the first year we were married where we exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve and not Christmas morning. Once our daughter came along we still did ours the night before but the rest of the time it was for Amanda. Now, she and I continue the tradition Rick started on Christmas Eve 1977 and when I look at the tree, open presents, and just breathe in the fragrance of the holiday, I think of him. Along with the old traditions, old friends, and memories, I want to make new ones. Embrace the holiday with just one new item, wish someone I just met a Merry Christmas, and to remember that each day is a new chance to make a difference. After all, maybe if we all start one day at a time, then we can give back so much of what I feel God has given us. And even though December the 25th may not be the correct date of Jesus’ birth, his being born was indeed a gift from God’s heart. Now for a bit of the past blended with hope in this review about war and miracles. The Christmas Star By Catherine Lanigan From the ashes of war, the desolation of heartache and the pain of lost love rises a faith that transcends decades. Tommy Magli knew the moment he met Susie Howard that she was the girl for him. He’d just lost his mother a few months ago and life was overbearingly bleak. Susie brought the light back with her smile and belief in all that’s good. When faced with her disapproving parents, Tommy does the unthinkable and proposes. Susie never dreamed that she’d meet the love of her life at a fraternity party. She knows that Tommy is her soul mate. She defies her parents by continuing to see him and takes her first step into adulthood when she chooses to marry him and have his children. Tommy and Susie’s love suffers a disastrous blow when he is shipped off to fight in a war that no one believes in. When Susie learns he is missing in action, she refuses to acknowledge that he is dead. In Ms. Lanigan’s 25th novel, she has written a story of courage and love. Her grasp of peace and war during the Vietnam era is fantastic. Her characters are full of heart and, most importantly, are human. I cried at the dramatic ending. This is a must read for all who are nostalgic and believe in miracles. Faith V. Smith

Courtesy Of Romantic Times Book Reviews

Have a safe & happy holiday season! Please email me at Connectingcat@aol.com and let me know what you liked, disliked and what you want to see in future The Pen & Page columns.

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