“The Memory Shop” by Carla Olson Gade

Greetings from Carla Olson Gade! I’m so excited to be included once again in A Cup of Christmas Cheer from Guideposts Books. I’m moving from the past to the present this year, but with a little nostalgic twist.

The setting:The Memory Shop
“The Memory Shop” takes place on Main Street, Woodbine, Iowa – this Christmas.

The story:
There is a little shop called “Memory Lane” in a revitalized mid-western American downtown. You know the one. It was one of the last hold-outs of the formerly dormant Main Street. Affectionately called “The Memory Shop,” folks reminisce about past times as they peruse all manner of gadgets, household items, entertainment and sports memorabilia, and holiday décor. Mr. Preble, the older gentlemen who runs the shop, encourages conversations and listens to his customers share their experiences and memories and consider the important stuff of life. For in this place, we see Christmas miracles of reconciliation and love that never forgets.

natboxThe inspiration:
I’m so nostalgic. Perhaps that has left me longing at times, but reminiscing can also help build a bridge from one heart to another. I have seen and experienced reconciliation in my own family, like that in my story, and observed the unconditional love of caregivers that are truly miracles of God’s love.

fhlThe takeaway:
My hope is that as the reader visits The Memory Shop they will think about their own personal history — the things that are important to them, what helped shape them, the relationships that matter. Because it’s not just about stuff. It’s about the people in our lives with whom we have shared memories.

Blue Christmas LightsChristmas traditions:
When I was a kid, for some reason we always had blue Christmas lights in our windows and sometimes on our tree. When I had my own family, there have been many years that we displayed blue lights in our windows and Christmas tree. The color has always warmed my heart and given me the glow of nostalgia in my heart.

Your turn:
What item of Christmas memorabilia might you find in a “memory shop” that would remind you of Christmastime during your childhood?

Wishing you all a nostalgic Christmas filled with warm memories, old and new!

My Giveaway:

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I’m offering a beautiful
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The storyteller:
Carla Olson GadeCARLA OLSON GADE writes adventures of the heart with historical roots, including novels Pattern for Romance, The Shadowcatcher’s Daughter, and best-selling Mistletoe Memories. Her story, “Upon a Christmas Tree Schooner” was included in Volume One of the 2013 A Cup of Christmas Cheer from Guideposts Books. A native New Englander, she writes from her home in rural Maine where she looks forward to celebrating a white Christmas with her family. Be sure to connect with Carla online by visiting her website at http://carlaolsongade.com.

See my Pinterest Storyboard for “The Memory Shop” here.

Nativity image courtesy of Oodles at Etsy.