Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh

Contemporary holiday story about an empty-nester couple celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas without their children for the first time.  Stan doesn’t much care until Judith exhibits signs of serious depression – won’t decorate the house, doesn’t play Christmas carols on the radio, etc.  The story comes to an unsurprising and slightly unrealistic conclusion but does a good job at exploring the grief and depression a mother might feel during the holidays when she is separated from her children.

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