A Literary Christmas Celebration presents Dwan Abrams

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Dwan Abrams’ Christmas Story

As a child, Christmas was my favorite time of year. Being that I was born in December, that made the holiday even more special to me. I remember that my mom always purchased store brought desserts. That used to bother me. All of the TV moms baked, so I expected my mom to do the same.

As soon as I was old enough, I learned how to bake cookies and cakes. Since I had some baking skills, my mom assigned me to cake duty every holiday. That was something I enjoyed doing. Every Christmas Eve, my mom and I would set out freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk for Santa. It wasn’t until I was older that my mom revealed to me that my stepfather actually ate the cookies and drank the milk.

Now that I have a daughter, we follow that tradition. Every Christmas Eve, my daughter and I bake cookies. Before she goes to bed, we leave freshly baked cookies on a plate, along with a glass of milk for Santa. Of course, Santa is her daddy, but she’s too young to know that.

When I was a little girl, I used to wake up the following morning to a tree filled with presents and an empty plate and glass, happy that Santa had paid me a visit. Seeing my daughter experience that same kind of joy causes my heart to rejoice.

Another thing that my family does that is reminiscent of my childhood is that we open up one small gift on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, before we open up our presents, we say a family prayer. Additionally, each person must state what they are thankful for. More than anything, I hold this practice near and dear to my heart, because it helps us to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.


Dwan Abrams is a full-time novelist, freelance editor and publisher. She’s the best-selling author of Married Strangers, Divorcing the Devil, Only True Love Waits, and Favor (a short story appearing in The Midnight Clear anthology). She’s also the founder, publisher and editorial director of Nevaeh Publishing, a small press independent publishing house. She loves to hear from her readers via email at dwanabrams1@aol.com, or visit her on the Web at www.dwanabrams.com.


There are 4 comments for this article
  1. wvoices-admin at 5:47 pm

    Thanks Dwan for sharing your Christmas memories. Looking forward to talking to you on Written Voices Podcast later this month.

  2. Jeanette Hill at 7:42 am

    What a wonderful tradition to continue with your daughter. There is nothing like the look on the face of a child on Christmas morning. I especially like the idea of the prayer and thanksgiving acknowledement. We, too, open one gift on Christmas Eve.


  3. Marilynn at 1:05 am

    Thanks for sharing, Dwan. I enjoyed getting to know more about you and your Christmas traditions.


  4. Rhonda McKnight at 6:23 pm


    I bake cookies on Christmas Eve, too. Been doing it for twenty years. Unfortunately, I’m the one eating the cookies. We’ll have to swap recipes.