In all the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle I forgot about my holiday read. Then I found the perfect solution, The Christmas Gift by Monica McInerney. A little gift for 50 cents.
I don’t often reach for short stories but when I do, it’s like opening a box of chocolates. Short stories have to be dosed. They are meant to be had in small quantities due to their full bodied flavour.
The first bite is The Christmas List, where we are introduced to Rosie and Dan and their beloved daughter. Amy falls really ill in her first year of school . She is diagnosed with cancer and her parents fear they may loose her. Her Mum is making Christmas lists, as she was due to host a big family gathering. She doesn’t want to cancel, even though everyone expects her to. She feels that the task of planning the venue is keeping her intact, that otherwise she would crumble to pieces. She painstakingly lists all the festive food items as she waits for the consultant to tell her if the new treatment has worked.
In The holiday it’s actually the summer holiday that the family of four are dreaming of. Sinead and Declan, together with their twin children Ciara and Adam, have been saving money to be able to spend their summer holidays in Spain. However things get tough for them financially, and they end up using their savings for everyday needs. But Grandad has a surprise that may be able to cheer the family up.
Two shorts stories for busy souls who like a winter holiday read.
3 polar bears, snow flakes or baubles from me.
Polar bears, snow flakes or baubles rating:
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time
Each year the Christmas time is different from any past ones
and each person’s Christmas is different to another’s.
I hope yours is full of love, as this is the bigger gift of all times.