Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Christmas in September?

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Let me preface this with, I love the holiday season.  Listening to Perry Como sing, “There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays” brings comforting childhood memories to mind.  My mother loved Perry Como and played his album continuously.  The warm feel created by the lights on the tree and the flickering glow of the candles provides a blanket for me on those frigid December nights.

What I don’t like about the holiday season is when retailers push the fast forward button and suddenly we are into Christmas and we haven’t even reached Halloween. This past weekend I went into a Dollar Tree store and to my surprise, I saw ornaments and stockings crowding out the plastic pumpkins.  The wrapping paper seemed to be pushing the Halloween costumes off the shelf.  It was only September 22nd for gosh sakes!  What would Charlie Brown have to say?

Over the years, I’ve gotten used to the turkeys and cornucopia edging out the pumpkins, but mistletoe and tinsel?  Big named department stores are just as guilty.  Winter coats are on display when we’re still wearing our shorts and tee shirts.  Bathing suits, front and center, when you walk into the door and you’re still wearing those extra ten pounds you plan to lose, under your coat.

We need to slow down and enjoy each season at its appropriate time.  Growing older, I realize how quickly time passes and the importance of living in the moment.  Not worrying about tomorrow or regretting the past because all we really have is now.  More importantly, I’ve learned we should enjoy the people in our lives because after all, this is your life.  What’s the rush?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

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