Sheila Roberts' Three Christmas Wishes For Her Readers
In my October 18 holiday tale THREE CHRISTMAS WISHES, three friends visit Santa on a lark, each one wishing for her version of the perfect man. And the jolly old guy sets about making their wishes come true in most unexpected ways. What about you? When was the last time you went to see Santa? I can’t remember—that’s ancient past for Little Sheila! But that doesn’t stop me from entertaining holiday wishes. And this year I have some for you. (They’re pretty much what I wish for my loved ones and myself.)
That you’ll be able to make some special new memories with those you love. It seems that it becomes especially important to most of us to gather as families this time of year. Perhaps it’s the wonderful message of hope the season brings or the whole idea of “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men” that inspires us. Whatever the motivation, most of us head for home.
Sometimes those holiday gatherings can be stressful. For those of you having to keep more than one set of parents happy, for those of you dealing with difficult people, my wish is that you can find a way to make it all work and still end the day with a smile on your face.
That you will be able to enjoy the festivities in good health, that all those nasty little bugs will keep their distance. When I was a sweet, young thing, I took my health so much for granted. What was I thinking? These days one of my number one prayers is, “Oh, God, please keep me healthy.” This, of course, is preceded with “Thank you for delivering me from cancer.” (Two years cancer-free—woohoo!)
My final wish, of course, is that you have fun. I hope, busy as this time of year gets, you can find some ways to de-stress and see the whole crazy festive season with the eyes of a child. Poke around under the tree to see what Santa brought, eat some Christmas cookies and refuse to feel guilty, party like one of Santa’s elves on a sugar high. Hug your kids, kiss your sweetheart, and go buy yourself a stocking stuffer.
That old song is right—it is the most wonderful time of the year. And I do hope it’s wonderful for each one of you!
Sheila wants to help all of you make your holidays fun, memorable and as stress free as possible, so she’s turned her website into Sheila Roberts’ Christmas Central, with all kinds of tips on shopping, decorating, gift wrapping, baking and making the holidays memorable for the little ones. Check it out, and leave your own tips for making Christmas merry on Sheila’s Facebook page.
Sheila Roberts is married and has three children. She lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have appeared in Readers Digest Condensed books and have been published in several languages. Her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network. When she’s not writing songs, hanging out with her girlfriends or trying to beat her husband at tennis, she can be found writing about those things dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.