Have you ever received one of those Christmas newsletters and thought, "Oh, brother! How much bragging can one family do?" Have you ever bought what you thought was the "perfect" Christmas gift for your best friend, only to later discover he's trying to sell it on Ebay? Have you ever tried a new holiday recipe that nearly caused your guests to need their stomachs pumped? Then this book is for you! These 17 holiday-themed short stories by New England humor columnist, Sally Breslin, were selected from her weekly newspaper columns from the past 15 years and cover every topic from hanging Christmas lights to making New Year's resolutions. If the holidays tend to get you down or stress you out, these stories will relax and entertain you...and hopefully, make you laugh out loud (at least once!).
Any news, mother?" asked Edna one Friday afternoon when she came home from school. "There's a letter from grandma," replied Mrs. Conway after kissing the lips held up to hers. "There isn't any real news in it, but there is an invitation." "What kind of an invitation?" "A Thanksgiving kind." "Oh, mother, what do you mean?" "I mean that grandma wants us all to spend an old-fashioned Thanksgiving with her; the kind she used to have when she was young. She says she and grandpa are both getting old and they may not be able to have the whole family there together again." "And are we going?" "Yes, I think so." "The whole family?" "I think perhaps you and I will go on a day or two ahead and let the others follow. Celia and the boys can come with your father, who probably could not get off till Wednesday afternoon. Grandma asks that I bring my baby with me." "And that means me," returned Edna, hugging herself. "How long shall we stay, mother?" "That depends upon several things which will have to be learned later, so I can't tell just yet." Edna danced off to hunt up her brothers that she might tell them the news. She found them in their little workshop over the stable. Charlie was making a new box to put in his pigeon house and Frank was watching him. They had not seen their little sister since Monday for she and her sister Celia went to school in the city, remaining until the Friday afternoon of each week.
Before Perfectly Broken, before a beautiful relationship can start, the bond that solidifies who Lili and Zane are together must form. Beginnings are always the first step in building something stunning, something undeniably perfect...
The first holiday...
Things are tense between Zane, Lili, and Tish. They're all still adapting to living in the house, Zane's divorce has just been finalized, and he's pissed off at the world. A bright light, however, shines in his world of darkness. Will the person he's hated since their first meeting be the one to help him turn things around?
The second holiday...
One year later, we find a much more settled family. Zane and Lili are falling into a pattern, learning to trust and lean on one another, but one wrong move, just the tiniest of slips, could ruin what is finally feeling solid for the both of them.
The beginning of tradition...
New Year's Eve brings a fresh start, a chance to wipe the slate clean and begin again. Knowing your history, and where you come from, might be all that keeps you going when your whole world falls apart.
The strength of the holidays, family, new beginnings, and acceptance, is how their broken pieces begin to glue themselves back together again, if only for a little while...
Author Harold "Buddy" Rassas recalls the lives and defining qualities of three generations of a close-knit immigrant Jewish family that settled on the New Jersey shore. The book begins with the author's paternal grandfather Aaron Rassas (who arrived in New York City on July 4, 1890) and his wife Gussie (who selflessly "melded two families into one") -- and ends with notable "family legends."
The holidays are an exciting time for children in the classroom and the home. The rich history and fun celebrations of holidays make students excited both for parties and learning. The Writing Prompts for Holidays series is a collection of imaginative situations and questions related to 20 major holidays, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and more. Third Grade Writing Prompts for Holidays is a workbook that will help third grade students to start developing their creative writing skills. Holidays sections in the book include:
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