Love and Heroes at Christmas
by Sharon Hamilton
Christmas is the time for families. I’ve just lost my father this month, and so this hits home for me. I also grieve not only for the families in Connecticut, but all over the world. I’m thinking of families who are separated by distance and those separated by mental and emotional illness.
Now you’re squirming, saying to yourself, “Holy Cow, Sharon. This isn’t a Christmas topic.”
Yes it is. Bear with me.
The holidays are special for all the fun things we do. We have family traditions and stories of Christmases past. Our family, for instance, always watches Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation on Thanksgiving and all during the weeks leading up to December 20th. And we always watch Love Actually the week of Christmas, and usually on Christmas Day too.
This year, we are doing the same. Maybe it’s the comic relief we need after the passing of our dear father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Maybe it’s just a return to normal.
When there are those missing this holiday season, one of the blessings that come is that a family can grow stronger in spite of it. There are lots of hurting families out there today, and there are no answers to some of the questions that come up. One thing is for sure, love does actually heal, eventually. What causes us pain sometimes is actually the thing that can bring us the most healing.
The movie, Love Actually, even uses this quote at the beginning of the movie, when Hugh Grant narrates scenes taken from the arrival gate at Heathrow Airport:
“Love is, actually, all around us.” That is the premise of the movie.
Being a military romance writer, my heart goes out to all the families of our men and women who are serving our country, who sleep in huts on cots, decorate their computer screens and video game machines with tinsel and lights, who make the most of this holiday time, and long to be reunited with their loved ones soon.
I think about the love that is shown this time of year for those less fortunate. The memories of those past and those yet to come. I love the beautiful decorations and the music, the smiles on young faces and the warm remembrances.
Yes, love is actually all around us, even when it doesn’t feel that way. I also believe that there isn’t anything in the world that isn’t enhanced or healed by true love. What a great time to be a romance writer.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, my friends.
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In celebration, I have put the prequel, SEAL Endeavor, free for the next 2 days. It introduces the characters SO Calvin Cooper and the heroine, Libby Brownlee, but they don’t actually get together until the full-length book, Fallen SEAL Legacy.
I’d love to hear from you now. Do you agree we need to read about the healing powers of true love, especially at this time of year? Especially today? One lucky commenter will receive my Kindle version of Fallen SEAL Legacy.
INT – Ends Dec 28
Sharon Hamilton loves all things paranormal: Angels, Dark Angels, Watchers, Guardians, Upogenie and Vampires. She also has developed a series of hot romantic suspense Navy SEAL stories that have ranked her in the top 100 at Amazon in that genre and the book ranked in the top 100 for 12 weeks in a row.
Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love—not exactly what they taught you in Sunday School!
An avid organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her husband live in the Wine Country in Northern California, where most of her stories take place.