Here we are again, at my favorite time of year.
In case you haven’t noticed, between the part the season played in Book 1 and my own stab at a Christmas Carol short story, I love Christmas. I hope you do to. Family traditions include watching just about every version of Dickens’ Christmas Carol there is (not every version–Jim Carey’s take on the story has been erased from my memory, and I’ve yet to re-watch Scrooged). And you can bet in my house the tree goes up at Advent and doesn’t come down until Epiphany. I love seeing all of the Christmas traditions practiced throughout the world. To paraphrase Dickens, I try and fill my heart with the spirit of Christmas, and keep it with me all year long. I’m not always successful, but I try.
So, merry Christmas! I hope, especially after the trials of the past couple of years (some of those trials still ongoing), everyone can have a wonderful holiday season. Whether or not you believe in and celebrate the birth of Emmanuel, God with us, I hope you find joy and comfort in the beauty and heart of the season, and share it with your friends and loved ones.
Marion G. Harmon
(Quick Update: Joyeuse Guard will be updated soon after Christmas, with a proper Table of Contents in the front and some fixes on spelling errors that got by us. If you’ve spotted a few errors in your reading, sorry! (And if you want to share the ones you caught with us, please do!) When the fix is complete, I’ll be posting a note alerting everyone. And then on to the new year!)