Patricia Davids here. My favorite Christmas memory isn’t from my childhood although I have many happy memories of Christmas as a child. The holiday that stands out in my mind happened long, long ago in Groton, Connecticut.
The year was 1975 and I was facing the most depressing Christmas of my young married life. My sailor husband was deployed on his submarine somewhere in the Mediterranean ocean and I knew I wouldn’t see him for another three long months. I was fifteen hundred miles away from my close-knit family in Kansas and I didn’t have the funds to fly home. Only the presence of my beautiful baby daughter allowed me to find joy in my situation. It was her first Christmas and I wanted to make it special for her.
The week before Christmas I put my seven-month-old in her backpack carrier and went to a local Christmas tree farm where I picked out a beautiful small tree, but I didn’t have money left over for ornaments. I settled for a single string of colored lights and then decorated my tree with popcorn strands, a few handmade paper stars and paper flowers. The tree filled my lonely little apartment with the wonderful fragrance and feel of the holidays.
The day before Christmas Eve my phone rang. Low and behold it was my husband. His submarine had returned to Groton for unexpected repairs. He would have a twenty-four-hour leave…on Christmas Eve.
You can’t imagine how happy I was as I cuddle up beside my love on our sofa with our baby in my arms and our Christmas tree twinkling in the corner of the room. My lonely Christmas had turned into a very blessed Christmas, indeed.
This Christmas I know many families are facing the holiday without a loved one who is serving in the military. To all of them I send my wishes for a safe and happy Christmas. Do you know someone in the military who won’t be home for the holidays? Let me know and I’ll add his or her name in my prayers.
Blessing to you all.
USA Today Bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with four brothers. After college she began a wonderful career as a nurse. In 1973 Pat wrote a letter to a lonely sailor. Little did she know her talent with words would bring her love, marriage and motherhood.
An avid reader, Pat longed to write a book, but put her dream on hold as she raised a family and worked in an NICU. It wasn’t until 1996 that she began writing seriously. Today, Pat enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith bring two people together forever.