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From the publisher's desk: Just one more Christmas card to write

There was a time when not having my children at Christmas would have devastated me. But this year sitting by the fire with Rick and the dogs sounds just fine. There’ll be bread in the oven and crab in the refrigerator and Christmas 2009 will be memorable in its own way.

When your children are grown and have partners, holiday visits are often split between families. My sons were here for Thanksgiving. It’s their favorite meal and it never fails to bring them home. My youngest son and his wife decided at the last minute to make the trip from Salem, even though Dana had to be back at work early Saturday morning. They arrived Thursday with my then-3-week-old granddaughter just as I was putting the turkey in the oven. My early Christmas gift was holding Kayla while she slept through Thanksgiving dinner and feeling her baby breath on my face.

I thought long and hard about what to give her this first Christmas. I chose a music box with a ballerina inside that twirls in front of a mirror—I had one just like it when I was a little girl. And I got her the Nutcracker Suite CD so that in a few years when we go to the ballet together she’ll be able to hum along with Tchaikovsky!


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