Chapter Six – The True Meaning of Christmas!

Hi everyone. Welcome back as the short story, The True Meaning of Christmas, continues. If you are just tuning in please go to Chapter One, Two, Three, Four, Five to read the complete story. More chapters will be coming.


The True Meaning of Christmas

Chapter 6

In the meantime Angela had a lot to do, and for once in her life felt alive, full of purpose and needed. Her husband was expected from work shortly and she would have to call ahead to prepare him for what she had promised to do.

Leonard was a kind man and would be more than accepting of their three young visitors. He had made his millions selling video games online being a computer guru. He and Angela had started out with nothing but once his first game sold it took off and money started rolling in. Angela never had to work from then on. They had bought this huge house with the intention of filling it with children but it was not to be.

Angela dialed her husband and Leonard answered in his usual gregarious voice, “Hi Doll Face! How are you? You couldn’t wait for me to come home – you missed me that much? Is everything okay, love?”

“Yes, sweetheart, I just wanted to tell you something that I did today. It’s very important and I needed to help and……” Angela didn’t know how to tell him but finally blurted it out. “I took in Mrs. Davis’ three children; the lady who does our curtains and things over on the next block. She was just admitted to the hospital in a bad way and her physician, Dr. Harvey, called me to help out until she is well enough to care for her children herself.”

“Sweetheart, whatever you have to do is okay with me. I know you have a kind heart and would take in a stray dog if it needed your help. It is fine with me. How did this doctor know to call you? Do you know him?”

“No, but he knew from Mrs. Davis’ oldest daughter that she worked for me. He said he didn’t have anyone else to call. I hope you don’t mind, darling. They will be under my care and you won’t have to worry about anything.”

“No, I don’t mind. Our house is too big for just us anyway and it would be nice to hear the pitter patter of little feet for a change. Oh, by the way, how old are these children?”

“Well, the oldest, Clarinda, is ten and a real beauty with dark brown hair and beautiful blue eyes. Then there are Andrew, a handsome four-year-old with blond hair and green eyes and his baby sister, Brenda, who is only two. She is just adorable with curly blonde hair and pretty green eyes. Your heart will melt when you meet them. They are precious and so needy. Would you believe that they don’t own any toys or new clothes? Also, there were no signs of Christmas in their house. It is so sad for children to live that way. Their mother was having a difficult time on her own. I never realized that she needed help. I would have been more than happy to help if she only had asked me.”

“I am sure you will do more than enough for them now that you know they need help, sweetheart. It is good to hear you sounding so happy. I can’t wait to get home to meet them. See you soon, Sweetheart.”

Copyrighted by Janice Spina 2014

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you are enjoying each chapter as the story unfolds.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Blessings of the Christmas season to you and yours!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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15 Responses to Chapter Six – The True Meaning of Christmas!

  1. Mary Smith says:

    I’m enjoying the story very much. Have fun with your grandson.

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Mary. I am working on the post now for tomorrow so I can just click and publish earlier than usual. I leave at 6:30 am so you will see it just before that. Happy you are enjoying the story! Hugs!

  2. lbeth1950 says:

    Waiting with baited breath for Chapter Seven.

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Beth. Happy you like it. I enjoyed writing it. It seems to be popular with my readers. I just may put in more stories after the holidays. Blessings & hugs!

  3. I love your story Janice. Can’t wait for tomorrow. how it goes on, with Leonard coming home and what she is doing for the children.

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Gigi. More coming earlier tomorrow since I am preparing the post now so I can just click and publish before I go off to babysit. Thanks for your support! Hugs!

  4. noelleg44 says:

    Wonderful, old-fashioned Christmas story!

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  6. Belinda Crane says:

    I’ve just read the all in a row Janice. It’s a lovely story … 🙂

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