I’m not feeling the Christmas spirit—a truly frightening admission from a person who practically has seasonal magic oozing from his ears in other years. Normally I’d exude peak cheer, baking gingerbread and trimming trees against a snowy backdrop. But now, among the general chaos? Eat the cookie dough, stuff the tree, and bring on the heat. I’m being a downright grinch. Fortunately, there is one thing that’s slowly prodding me toward a festive mood: my usual binge of Christmas reads. For this week’s First Line Friday, I might have found the perfect book to warm my icy heart up … just a little.
Five weeks until Christmas
Lottie tripped over the cat and watched the bag of flour sail through the air. There was a moment’s relief when she could see it was going to land on the kitchen table, but that soon disappeared as the bag exploded, sending a pure white mushroom cloud into the air. The radio merrily belted out ‘Let It Snow’ and as the flour settled, Lottie could see the ghostly figure of Nana Rose—white from top to toe.
There was a small splutter. ‘It’s a good job I’ve stocked up on ingredients,’ said Nana, shaking her head and scattering more flour.
Title: One Family Christmas
Author: Bella Osborne
Publication Date: October 15, 2020
Classification: Christmas, General Fiction
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