Snow and Smiles by Melanie Noell Bernard | Advent 2018 Day 9 – 2nd Sunday

Snow and Smiles

By  Melanie Noell Bernard 

Trigger warning: The ending of this winter horror story includes violence which might be disturbing for some readers.  

Snow. That was what they called it, the people down in the village. I wasn’t supposed to know that or know them, but I just… couldn’t help myself. They were so fascinating. They lived in such large groups and never moved their dens, and while that was peculiar, it was not what brought me back time and time again. Rather, it was the village peoples’ relationship with snow.

You must understand, I am not one of the village people. My family does not even interact with the village people and we do not stay in one place for long. We do not have a permanent den and snow has never been beautiful or serene or a sign of good tidings. For my family, snow is a bad omen. It is a warning that food will be scarce, days will be short, and nights will be brutally cold. It is the beginning of the harsh season and no one smiles or laughs or celebrates the harsh season, but the village people do.

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Christmas… as an Agnostic by Melanie Noell Bernard – Day 22 Advent 2017

Christmas… as an Agnostic by Melanie Noell Bernard Day 22 Advent 2017   Like many children, I was raised in my parents’ religion. For me, this meant going to a Presbyterian church once a week on Sunday (or trying. Sometimes life is a little busy.) But I was expected to get up earlier than I wanted, put on nice clothes to appear presentable, and head to … Continue reading Christmas… as an Agnostic by Melanie Noell Bernard – Day 22 Advent 2017

The Dark Side of Christmas by Melanie Noell Bernard | Day 5 | Advent Calendar 2016

Advent Calendar 2016

Day 5 | Advent Calendar

The Dark Side of Christmas by Melanie Noell Bernard

With the world outside the window a backdrop of darkness, the Christmas tree shone like a beacon of hope. A warm glow emanated from the twinkling lights. They illuminated the living room in a soft orange hue. The small living room danced to life with the glitter of the presents under the tree, the sheen of the white marble over the crackling fireplace, and the sparkle of bobbles and ornaments hung from the pine.

I curled up on the sofa. With my legs tucked up against my chest, a mug of steaming cocoa warming my fingers, I gazed at the scene laid out before me.

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Youthful 2016

2016 is already 19 days old, quite young if it is compared to my own age of 10 014 days. Still out of those 19 days I managed to miss 4 days in posting on my blog, but on one of those missed days I had a guest appearance elsewhere! Yesterday, I was a guest on Melanie Noell Bernard’s blog to share my New Year’s … Continue reading Youthful 2016