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Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Potpouri

CS Lewis, was the  most important Christian intellectual of the 20th century. He was a British poet, christian apologist and novelist, literary critic, essayist and medievalist, and a break-through children's book writer of his time.
Fifty years ago he published an essay called "Xmas and Christmas: A Lost Chapter from Herodotus". He writes about the strange winter customs of a barbarian nation and what he wrote about is increasingly true in our country today. The Christmas rush begins too early and Christians lose sight of what the Advent season is  all about. After Christmas sales starting today, IMO continue to mock the true meaning of what happened on Christmas day.

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" teaches the terrific challenge of Christmas with the heart-rendering self-discovery of Scrooge,and does so with laughter, outrage and incredible feeling.
But enough said about the wrongs and  the challenges of this beautiful holy season. It is a time to rejoice and open our hearts to others; a time to be thankful for our blessings.

I am particularly thankful for a second career of writing. The success of my five published books has given me much joy and accomplishment. I still have hopes for my work in progress, although time is slowing down for me, I intend to give it my all, just as I did for  the first.  When Monday rings in the new year 2015, I will take time to savor the best of the many pages that came alive in print for me and the many who helped to make that happen. The first and last novels were historicals: Four Summers Waiting and The Red Cockade. The contemporary series, Maine Shore Chronicles included Finding Fiona, Moonglade, and Promise Keeper. I wish all my colleagues and readers a productive Happy New Year filled with good books and good times.


6 comments:

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Mary,

I agree with you about the need for emphasis on the spiritual rather than the material aspects of the Holidays.

I also value your writing and am glad that you are continuing with it.

Susan Oleksiw said...

Mary, I think your point about gratitude is important. We writers are very fortunate to have the ability to make up stories that entertain others.

Mary F. Schoenecker said...

Thank you Jacquie. Your support is always meaningful to me. As a writer, I discovered a sp. error in my title!Potpourri has two r's. Maybe I need an editor?

Mary F. Schoenecker said...

Yes, Susan it is rewarding to use our imagination to write stories readers enjoy and I am very thankful for the talent God gave me.

Maryann Miller said...

Very nice sentiments. Hhope the New Year is a great one for you, Mary.

Carole Price said...

Lovely article, Mary. Looking forward to reading more of your stories. Best wishes for a HAPPY NEW YEAR.