A Wish for Christmas – 20 Stories for the Holiday Season
Enjoy the festive season with a little cheer from Alfie Dog Fiction. Put your feet up and revel in all that is best of Christmas and New Year with 20 stories from authors across the globe. Stories range from the moving to the amusing, the romantic to the tussle of family life.
Add a little sparkle to your Christmas with A Wish for Christmas
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Guide Dog – Jeanne E. Tepper
1800 words Women’s Fiction
Told in the form of journal entries and letters to God, this story follows a young boy named Jordan, during his last weeks of life. Readers are encouraged to find a spot where they are comfortable having a deeply emotional reaction to this heart-rending tale.
The doctors said it was okay for Jordan to have a puppy. Joe thinks it’s a good idea. He said we can even train it to help him a little, picking things up off the floor and such. I know when Joe says “we,” he really means me, since I am at home caring for the children. He said he always had a dog as a boy and doesn’t see why Jordan shouldn’t too. Maybe, we can get one of those specially trained dogs. Jordan gets so frustrated at the things he can’t do that other kids can. Then that frustration turns into anger at being sick. It broke my heart the other day when he looked at me with his big brown eyes and said, “I’m not ready to go Mom. Why does God want me so soon?”
The Christmas Tree Miracle – Jeanne E. Tepper
1530 words Feel Good story
While Tina and Paul are shopping for a Christmas tree, Tina receives a phone call requiring a decision that will change both of their lives forever. Regardless of which option she chooses, there will be no going back. Will Tina be able to grab the brass ring and take the risk to fulfil her and Paul’s dreams?
This story is included in the collection A Wish for Christmas
Snow crunched and squeaked under their boots as Tina and Paul walked toward the Christmas tree lot. Their frozen breath rose into the black sky that arced over them like a diamond studded dome. Pines, firs, and spruces stood cartoonishly green under intensely bright lights, leaning this way and that like carelessly stacked toys. Their soft needles and fragrance beckoned. Take me home, they whispered.