Santa picOk, once again I find Christmas whooping my buns. I started out full of peace, joy and love for all mankind but in the last week I find myself staggering to the finish line, my trunk full of hidden stocking stuffers and my passenger seat a litter of half opened mail and cards. I think the “X” some people use for “Xmas” must be for X-treme Holiday.

Still, as the calendar clears of things I can do and all the little tasks are being completed, I find the warmth and joy of the season returning to me. I even had a quick visit with Santa during the Yule of Yesteryear festival at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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