Sunday, December 13, 2015


Angie and Lee had always celebrated Christmas with all of the hustle and bustle that goes with it. There was a lot of shopping, baking, cooking, and decorating to be done each year. Together, they would choose and chop down their own Christmas tree. Once home, they decorated the tree together, too. They always felt it never had enough lights. 

Lights weren't just hung on the Christmas tree, though. They also put lights outside. They strung them around the windows of the house and along the edge of the roof. They hung them on the top of the fence and along the garage's roof, too. The final touch was the big, lighted wreath that hung outside, around the stained glass window. 

Times and circumstances have ways of changing our lives, if not who we are. Lee had been forced to change jobs when the plant closed. A year of financial struggles ensued, resulting in many changes for them. There would be no lights hung outside, and there would be no Christmas tree this year. Lee knew he wouldn't be home for Christmas, as trucking usually takes you far from home for weeks at a time. It was not his choice, nor was it hers, but this is the way it had to be for now.

Before Lee left for his long over-the-road trip, he brought up the big lighted wreath from the basement storage. He then took it outside, hooked it up, and hung the wreath around the stained glass window, just like they had always done. He did it for her because he knows she loves the holidays, with their warm and welcoming lights. This love is one of their many connections, even when they must be apart. They love each other, no matter where they are. 

In the midst of the darkness, the light is there at home, burning because of him and for him. Always.

Linked to:
"Christmas Tree"


  1. A touching story of story of love and hope. But, uh oh, Angie & Lee = Annie & Bill? I had meant to ask you before if he will be home for Christmas, but afraid of an answer I didn't want to hear and that might hurt you. Keep the light shining.

  2. Sometimes we have to make our holidays from what we have, and have them when we can.

  3. Christmas is many many people.....

  4. A very touching story Annie.
    Keep the wreath lit as a beacon of your love for Bill. This is so sweet.
    Warm hugs.

  5. Your story could be about many folks around here this year with the floods that destroyed homes and businesses. When Christmas seems bleak is when we are most grateful for the memories of happy Christmases past. Love keeps Christmas in the heart. Hope your heart and home is filled with new happy memory making this year. Thanks for being part of In Other Words.

  6. Annie, only the names were changed, I suspect. I pray this does not mean that Bill will not be home for Christmas. If not, I know you will be in each other's hearts. Sending much love and warm hugs, Janet

  7. I teared up. Bless you and your amazing heart.

  8. Beautiful sentiment. Hopefully they both have furries to keep them company while apart from their human loved one. :-)

  9. I love the vignette. Beautiful and from the heart.

  10. I love this! It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside...a little like The Nip.


  11. Oh my, mom is all misty-eyed. Many times dad has had to work Christmas and mom has celebrated without him. A different celebration with us girls cause work has to come first as we all have to eat.
    Thanks for the memories.

    Shoko and Kali