The Joy of Christmas: A 3-in-1 Collection by Melody Carlson

By Melody Carlson

Christmas tales to hot your heatThe Christmas tales of loved writer Melody Carlson have offered greater than 350,000 copies. you can now take pleasure in 3 of those well known novels in a single value-priced quantity. each one tale highlights the stuff you adore approximately Christmastime--family, love, dedication, forgiveness, and gratitude.Perfect as a gift--to a friend or yourself--The pleasure of Christmas contains An Irish Christmas, All i need to supply, and The Christmas puppy.

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Oh, I wanted to confess. I just wasn’t sure how – or more importantly, when. As a musician, I knew that timing was everything. Still, I could tell that Mom was sad and maybe even depressed. She seemed really withdrawn and she slept a lot, but that might’ve been the result of some of the medication she was taking. She told me that Dr. Griswold had prescribed Valium for her nerves shortly after Dad died. ” Well, I couldn’t tell if it had helped or not, but it sure did knock her out. Consequently there wasn’t much for me to do but hang by the pool, mow the lawn occasionally, and see if any of my old friends were in town, which didn’t seem to be the case.

At the same time, I wasn’t man enough to tell her the truth either. Instead I sent her an expensive hand-carved jewelry box, purchased with some gig money, as if I thought I could buy her off. Then I even called her on Christmas Eve and I told her how much I missed her and how I wished I was home, which was actually the truth. She sounded sad and slightly lost – sort of how I was feeling at the time. But I promised I’d spend next Christmas with her. Jamie and the Muskrats got a few more frat parties that winter and a couple of high school dances that spring.

He felt that music was something to play at, but selling shoes was a real job. And, after my futile attempt to discuss my musician’s dreams with him during Christmas break of 1961, I decided to take my future into my own hands and quietly dropped out of school without bothering to mention this minor fact to either of my unsuspecting parents. After all, I’d convinced myself, it was my life. And it hadn’t helped matters that I’d missed a lot of classes as a result of getting dumped by my girlfriend that winter.

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