A Most Wonderful Time by Anna Adams

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When I was a little girl, I couldn’t wait for Christmas Eve. What child doesn’t love Christmas Day, but on Christmas Eve, my whole family went over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house.

By the time we knocked on the kitchen door, Grandma had already turned on the tree lights, and treats lined the living room like the furniture. Nuts in wooden bowls, with those menacing nutcrackers. The chocolates Grandpa loved waited in open boxes, mysterious, glittering wrappers, rich-looking candy, on every table.

As each family arrived, we all brought gifts because our parents had swapped family names at Thanksgiving. So the pile beneath the tree kept growing. You know how people theme their trees and paper these days? I still love the mystery of packages in all manner of wrappings.

And each year, Grandma made a special gift for each of us children. She covered a shoebox in holiday paper. Now that I’m older, I assume she started those boxes in January. As the days of the year passed, she added to each box—little things she knew would please us.

I had a pink, miniature tea set one year. There was usually a book, most often a Trixie Belden. Always a little notepad and a pen or pencil. I need to ask my cousins what they remember in theirs. I wish I could tell you the joy I felt when I saw those shoebox gifts. I know I loved other things as well, but those were always so special.

Do you have a memory like that? And have you carried it on with your family?

Since I can’t visit Grandma and my cousins every year now, I love to visit Christmas Town with the other Harlequin Heartwarming authors. I hope you’ll enjoy Santa’s Secret Heart in Heartwarming Holiday Wishes. My hero, Mason Alexander, had no interest in the holidays, so naturally, I thought he needed to learn from inside Santa’s suit.

Mason Alexander has one goal—to get back to his unit on deployment, but Emma Rycroft and her son distract Christmas Town’s newest and most unwilling Santa. When Mason and Emma join forces to restore a child’s faith in holiday, they also find the love they once lost.

Anna Adams is a USA Today Bestseller, who has written for Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin Superromance. She's working on new contemporary romance stories, and she's excited about returning to Christmas Town, Maine, where the holidays are always sweet with her Heartwarming friends. You can find her at www.annaadams.net

In Heartwarming Holiday Wishes, Anna Adams contributed Santa's Secret Heart. Her most recent Harlequin Heartwarming release is A Christmas Miracle.