So I was going to write a holiday story for the Merrick brothers…

…but I couldn’t.

I would sit down to write a story, and it seemed like nothing I could write would compare to the real life stories going on all around us. There are tragic stories, yes (and I’m still crying, almost daily, about the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut), but there are just amazing stories full of hope and wonder and true human kindness.

How could a silly blog story compare to this Secret Santa, who paid the tab for 68 people?

Or these videos showing surprise family reunions of soldiers returning home for Christmas?

Or this story about two young boys who lost their dad in a car accident on the way to see Santa, and the entire community is rallying to help the family and give those boys a Christmas?

Or really, the countless stories in your own communities. These are stories that mean something. We need to hear more of these stories.

I’m sure you guys have some of your own, whether about you personally, or just a story you’ve heard. Let’s spread the joy. Share your own stories in the comments.

But most of all, thank you all for a great year. I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season, full of hope, peace, and joy!

Love,

Brigid

P.S. — Does anyone feel cheated? Would anyone feel better if I posted the first chapter of Breathless, Nick’s novella, tomorrow? πŸ™‚

 

5 thoughts on “So I was going to write a holiday story for the Merrick brothers…

  1. Yes we are sad, but this is also Merricklicious. These stories are the Spirit of the season and we are uplifted by humanity’s unceasing ability to redeem itself in simple acts of incredible generosity. We grieve for the darkness within the human soul, but there is light and beauty there which overshadow it in simple acts. But don’t discount your stories, for we treasure them too. They are gifts from your heart. The beauty you create through your characters illustrates the love, strength, humanity and simple generosity that transcend the darkness of those who seek to destroy. OK, now my story…a simple gesture that really touched me. Someone I only know through Twitter saw a tweet where I was joking about something I wanted but couldn’t have. While she couldn’t give me that, she did gift me a copy of her book. A small kind gesture, but one that was huge to me as now I can’t even afford to download an ebook. A small thing, easily given by one but magical and wondrous to receive by another…that is Christmas.

  2. I agree with you Brigid πŸ™‚ As much as a holiday Merrick sotry would have been *ahem* Merrickulous (love that!) I agree that there are so many other brilliant and touching stories.
    But yes, Chapter 1 of Nick’s Novella would be absolutely positively brilliant πŸ˜€
    x

  3. I agree with you Brigid πŸ™‚ As much as a holiday Merrick story would have been *ahem* Merrickulous (love that!) I agree that there are so many other brilliant and touching stories.
    But yes, Chapter 1 of Nick’s Novella would be absolutely positively brilliant πŸ˜€
    x

  4. I don’t feel even a little bit cheated. This is awesome, just what as it is. I feel you. What can you do in light of the tragedy, and hey, if a Merrick story is taking you away from your family and causing you stress at this time of year it’s not worth. BIG love and Merry Christmas, Brigid! ♥

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