Here’s a brief Christmas scene from Now I’m Found that takes place on Christmas Day 1849.
By this point in the novel, my protagonist Mac owns a store in Sacramento. Two other characters, Consuela and Huntington, live there with him. I’ll let you read the book to find out how all this came to pass.
. . . [A] quiet group sat down to a beef roast Consuela prepared—just Mac, Consuela, and Huntington. After they ate, Mac read the Christmas story from the Bible, and Consuela sang a Spanish hymn. Mac didn’t understand the words, but the tune haunted him. He remembered Jenny’s clear voice singing “Amazing Grace” and other hymns at services along the trail, and in the church in Oregon City once they were settled.
“Why so sad, Mac?” Consuela asked, tears in her eyes.
“Thinking of home,” Mac said, then realized the trail and Oregon, where his thoughts had led, were not his home. “And you? Why do you cry?”
I hope your holiday season has been happier than Mac’s and Consuela’s, and that you have spent it at home or with people you love from home.
And I wish you all the best for 2017.