Dec 22 2013

A Christmas Story

Melissa Crytzer Fry

What makes some Christmas stories stand the test of time while others fade and fizzle? You know the kind: when told year after year, they melt our hearts with a sizzle.

My husband, with his childlike sense of holiday wonder, wrote wired his own Christmas story this year. He was influenced by this:

Yes, these are the prep items assembled for our trek to Tiny Town’s* first-ever Light Parade: a bowl filled with candy to throw to the children, Grinch hats, gloves, and face bandanas for the cold drive to town.

I should explain that hubby is fascinated by all things electronic and lit-up. He’s also played Santa to children in impoverished Phoenix neighborhoods before. So when he read about the parade in the local paper, he was “in.”

This year, donning a hat much different than Santa’s, he hopped into his side-by-side, draped as it was in festive lights, with blaring speakers to boot.

Before the big event, we posed hubby’s handiwork in front of the snow-covered mountains that make up our view:

And then we set off  – along the railroad tracks into the backside of Tiny Town – to meet Neighbor Mark and Roxanne who, unlike us, played by the rules with their Disney-themed Ranger.

Mark and Roxanne, Santa-hatted, beside their Mickey Mobile.

The street lined with little ones came to life, numbed fingers grasping at candy. Hubby, oh-so-handy, weaved side to side handing out sweets. Behind us beeped and bopped the fire truck, sirens singing and Christmas songs ringing.

I have a feeling we won’t simply re-tell this story each year. We’ll re-live it by participating again and again.

And the Grinch, it turns out, was the perfect ambassador because remember:

“… in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of*ten Grinches, plus two!”

For Readers, Writers, Everyone: What are your favorite Christmas stories? Why do they resonate with you? Have you begun any new holiday traditions over the years?

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

*Not the actual name, of course, of our small town. It just seemed to fit with this Seuss-esque post, don’t you think?

Dec 14 2013

Sonoran Scenes

Melissa Crytzer Fry

In the midst of the busy holiday season (and round two of family visitors), I thought I’d share some of the “winter” desert landscapes we’ve been treated to during the month of December. Happy holidays! And happy writing.