Christmas with Hot Apple Cider, Stories from the season of Giving and Receiving

Christmas with Hot Apple Cider, Stories from the season of Giving and Receiving

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Christmas. For many, it's the best time of year. For others, it's the worst time of year. But whether you love the season or hate it, you can't ignore it. It comes around every year. We asked writers from across Canada to share their feelings about Christmas-both good and bad, and from the many submissions, we chose the best to share with you.

Gifts are an essential part of our Christmas season. It began with the gift of Christ Himself, followed by the gifts of the magi, and then gift-giving became part of the culture. Christmas with Hot Apple Cider is an anthology of more than 60 short stories and poems that celebrate both the giving and receiving of gifts. The work of more than 50 writers from across Canada, both new and experienced, will give you a fresh appreciation for the love that is shown at Christmas.

Loving grandparents teach their young grandchild a family tradition; an elderly man recalls the pain and delight of the year he knew he'd get no presents; a sweet young girl helps a woman heal from her loss; Canadian customs puzzle an immigrant family; a Jewish woman shares her childhood longing for the joy of Christmas; in a Nigerian orphanage, a middleclass teacher rediscovers how much happiness a simple gift can bring…

These stories and many others will not only make you smile, reminisce, and perhaps shed a tear, but will also remind you of the true meaning of Christmas and the gift that gives us reason to celebrate every day of the year.

The book, Christmas with Hot Apple Cider, is itself a wonderful gift. Readers will be entertained, encouraged, and inspired. An earlier book in this series was named Gift Book of the Year, and many readers have told us they've read the stories in these books over and over.