Christmas Shopping

Ah, the bustle of Christmas! Decorating your house for the holidays, cooking traditional family favorites,

shopping. Braving the crowds, the weather, the choices —

and returning home to relax with a mug of hot chocolate or a cup of tea.

In the Christmastime Series, Christmas shopping adds a sense of merriment and celebration to the season — whether it’s Lillian preparing for Christmas Night at the Brooklyn department store where she works (Christmastime 1939),

or Mrs. Murphy taking a store escalator up to the “North Pole” toy section to do some shopping for her nieces and nephews (Christmastime 1941),

or Izzy stopping to enjoy the window displays as she walks to work (Christmastime 1943),

or the sisters Ursula and Jessica browsing at the small-town stores in rural Illinois.

Christmas shopping. The sparkle of lights and tinsel, the scent of pine and cloves, the sounds of bells ringing and Christmas caroling heighten enjoyment of the season and deepen the pleasure of gift-giving.

Then —

And now.

4 thoughts on “Christmas Shopping

  1. Dear Linda, Thank you for sending these pictures, but honestly the images your words alone create throughout the Christmastime series are just as lovely. This is my third time reading the entire series (last time was during a bout with Covid in January 2021 and I needed books I was sure would distract me). After Thanksgiving I started with 1939 and had planned to re-read it and then 1945 but before I knew it I was caught up in that world and all the special characters and had to continue with 1940 and so on. Since by now I know how each book ends as well as the many wonderful plots ahead (Tiny, Red, etc), I can read the books more slowly and appreciate your truly beautiful prose.

    Are you by any chance considering a sequel to the series–either in its immediate future or many years down the road? Is Tommy a medic? And how about Gabriel the dreamer and explorer?

    Merry Christmas and all the best to you in the new year!


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    1. Hello, Linda – It’s always so nice to hear from you. Nothing makes me happier than to know that people are rereading my books. You’ll be happy to know that there is a Christmastime sequel – Valentine’s Day 1946. And you won’t have long to wait – I hope it will be released in about two weeks. Beyond that, I’m just not sure. There are other books clamoring to be written – but the Christmastime characters tug at me. And comments like yours are very inspiring. So…perhaps.
      Thank you for your good wishes, and a very Merry Christmas to you!


      1. That is FABULOUS news–I can’t wait!! Your latest book is on my Christmas list and my family knows how much I love your work, so I have a very good idea what one of my presents will be! And with this news you have given me another gift!

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