Today, we launch The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt. To help celebrate it's release, we'll be sharing favorite Christmas memories and recipes from the authors of this special Christmas book.
Chapter One of The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt is written by Joan Campbell. Read part one of her chapter today on her blog - she'll post part two tomorrow.
Since Joan was instigator of the whole project, she actually has two chapters, so today, we'll share her favorite Christmas Memory, and later on, we'll share her favorite recipe.
Intruders and Wash Baskets
By Joan Campbell
Pine trees don’t thrive in South Africa’s warm climate, yet for a few years of my childhood my father kept digging up and re-planting one that had the dubious honour of being our Christmas tree. Every year it looked a little more scraggly as he hauled it inside for the Christmas season. Yet my sister and I saw it with different eyes. As we draped it with lights, tinsel and gaudy ornaments, it took on a magical quality for us. It became the portal to places where trees are laden with snow, where sleigh-bells jingle and—if you listen closely enough—you may just hear St. Nicholas laughing.
“There. I heard something on the roof!”
“Me too. Do you think he’s here?”
“I’m sure. Come. Quickly!”
My sister and I ran to the nearest window, hoping to catch just one small glimpse of the Christmas intruder.
“Try the door!”
The adults clustered behind us as we thrust open the front door. St. Nicholas wasn’t there anymore of course, but he had accomplished his mission—on the welcome mat stood a wash basket full of presents. Our wash basket, in fact, but these small discrepancies never entered our minds.
Suddenly my Dad would appear too. “What did I miss, girls?”
This, my favourite Christmas memory, came vividly alive again a few years ago, when we spent Christmas Eve at my parents’ house. My two young girls and their cousins were all there when suddenly we heard a noise on the roof.
“What was that?”
“Quick, let’s go see!”
We all rushed outside to look but, instead of an intruder, we found a wash basket full of presents outside the front door. The children’s faces lit up with the magic of it all.
I could have sworn I heard St. Nicholas laughing.
Joan Campbell is a South African mother of two teenage daughters. She spends a great deal of time lost in the world of the Fantasy Trilogy she is writing, but emerges every now and again to cook for her family. Several of her short stories have been published in various anthologies, including one in Life Lessons from Grandparents, published by Write Integrity Press. (This book is available for our Give One Get One Free Sale!)
on her website.
“The King’s Quiver” has been described by renowned author Susan Mathis as “creative, authentic and unique.” It is currently available as a free download from Joan’s website.
Grace takes delivery of a package and her life is turned upside down by nine sealed mystery envelopes from her late grandmother. Grammie’s instructions require Grace to take the journey of her lifetime, not only to far off places, but also into the deepest parts of her heart. As she follows the trail laid out for her and uncovers her family’s darkest secrets, Grace is forced to confront the loss and betrayal that has scarred her past and seek the greatest Christmas Treasure of all.
Read Chapter 1 Part 1 by Joan Campbell
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