“The Letter” by Debbie Lynne Costello

Merry Christmas and Happy Thanksgiving from Debbie Lynne Costello! I love the holiday season and am thrilled to have my story in A Cup of Christmas Cheer, Volume Three: Heartwarming Tales of Christmas Past. The past is one of my favorite places to spend my time.

aThe setting:
“The Letter” takes place in Savannah, Georgia, 1945, in the beautiful antebellum home of Jennifer’s in-laws.

The story:
Wars bring sadness, and Christmas time for some can extra hard. WWII was no exception. But the pain and loss that a war can bring can also be the pivotal momentum that is needed to heal old wounds and draw families together.

Benjamin Davis, is a man who knows the pain of losing his only child to the war and with it his only family and legacy—his grandkids. A simple letter in the mail gives him hope for reconciliation between his daughter-in-law and wife—two women who fiercely loved his son. There are Christmas miracles happening in the Davis house this Christmas season and not just reconciliation.


The Inspiration:
I come from a family of more than a few military men and women—my husband, son, father, uncles, nephews, niece. I really respect the sacrifice that our military make so we can enjoy the freedom that we do. My great-great uncle fought in World War II and never made it home. This story was written for him. I never met the man, but I appreciate his sacrifice. I started with that idea and then started asking myself what if…

HopeBapThe takeaway:
There are always going to be people with whom we just don’t seem to connect. Sometimes those people are family, and sometimes things go beyond not connecting to the point of dislike and not wanting to spend time around them. My hope is that as people read “The Letter” they will reevaluate their broken relationships and try to see things from the other person’s perspective. It’s easy to get wrapped up in ourselves, but my hope is that hearts will be softened, forgiveness found, and the love of Christ will be shown so that relationships can be healed.

When I was a child, I couldn’t wait for Christmas Eve. The freshly cut tree was surrounded by presents that I’d already poked and prodded, and I attempted to guess what wonderful gift the wrapping held. But besides the additional gifts that miraculously appeared on Christmas morning, there were three gifts that never went under the tree. These were hand delivered by my mom just before we went to bed on Christmas Eve

One gift went to each of us three kids. And we knew what we were going to open. Oh the colors would be different, the sizes larger, but it was still the most exciting time. We’d unwrap our gifts and run up and put on our new pajamas. I have kids now and I did the same thing for them but I added a gift—a stuffed animal to sleep with to go along with their new jammies. It’s fun to see the tradition continue with my new grandbabies as they open their Christmas Eve gifts.

Your turn:
Do you think that the Christmas Season makes it easier to forgive people and bring reconciliation? Why or why not?

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas Season!

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Debbie Lynne CostelloThe storyteller:
Debbie Lynne Costello loved to write since she was a young child. She writes Medievals and 19th Century Southern-kissed Romance. A Cup of Christmas Cheer gave her a chance to write a WWII story.

Debbie Lynne and her husband have four children. They live in upstate South Carolina. She has raised Shetland sheepdogs for eighteen years. And in her spare time, she likes to ride her Arabian horses. If you’d like to connect with Debbie Lynne, stop by her website: debbielynnecostello.com.