This Christmas

This Christmas by Callie Timmins


I'm not asking for much. Just peace and serenity, and to forget about the whole Christmas season.

All I want for Christmas this year is a secluded cabin, a good book and a Do Not Disturb sign on the front door. I need time alone. Time away from happy families and holiday cheer. Away from flashing lights and endless carols. Away from work parties and all things holly and jolly.

The whole reason I’ve come to Hidden Valley Hideaway is to avoid the hustle and bustle and to escape all things merry and bright. I just want to get through the holiday season without being reminded of everything I’ve lost. And to forget about the dark cloud of grief that follows me everywhere.

But somehow, the snowstorm didn’t get the memo that I wanted to be alone. Because as fate would have it, I find myself stuck in a cabin with Mr. Christmas himself.

A few hot cocoas, a surprising rendition of Silent Night, and some pretty twinkling lights later, I’m thawing to the idea that perhaps Christmas isn’t so bad after all.

Perhaps this year, I’ll say goodbye to my grinchiness and discover that Christmas actually is the most wonderful, heart-warming time of the year.