🎄 Center City Christmas: A Cinnamon Black Christmas Short Story by Angelia Vernon Menchan 🎄
“I am going to do something ridiculous this Christmas.” Cinnamon said to Malcolm who held her close as they walked along the marsh near their home.
“What would that be, not buy any gifts, everyone would find that ridiculous.” Nudging him with her hip, she laughed at his absurd response. She was well known for her gifting.
“No, I think on Christmas Eve, I am going to open the property I purchased years and years ago, at least ten acres and give a huge community feast. I will cook and hire some of the best caterers around and there will be gifts for children, homeless people and those who stop by. I have a few weeks but I dreamed it this morning and it is going down.”
Love and heat filtered through Malcolm at his wife’s words. She was so damn loving, which is why she was so loved.
“There are two shelters for homeless and another for women and I will tell the staff at all those to get the word out. That is about nine hundred people at any given time. I will make sure there are three times as many gifts as that and food. We can certainly afford that and more. There will be tents and bounce houses and all kinds of stuff.”
He could hear the excitement in her voice and the catch. He was unable to say anything himself. It was a wonderful idea and they could afford that and more. He simply pulled her closer, hugging her tighter.
Christmas is a time for giving more than you receive. Cinnamon Black dreamed of doing something wonderful for the disenfranchised of Center City and with the help of her husband Malcolm and all her friends, she turns an old property into an elegant and festive event. Not only is this book full of holiday spirit but it brings along a dose of drama and passionate connections. I enjoyed catching back up with the residents of Center City. A couple minor errors but a good short read to heighten the holiday spirit.
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