Sandra Brown revisits two pivotal Christmases from her own past in this heartfelt and intimate essay. One needn't be familiar with Brown's previous works to be deeply moved by this personal reflection on the meaning of family, faith, celebration, and generosity: but fans will find it a unique and special insight into the New York Times Bestselling author's life and values."If I were to open my Christmas memory box and peer inside, two would stand out from the rest. One would be the Christmas of my sixth year. Perhaps this is the first Christmas of memory and that's why it distinguishes itself in my recollections. The other would be a Christmas much more recent. Only one of these Christmases was happy, as the dictionary defines the word. But in the other, I found a unique joy. These two holidays were celebrated in different locations, with different family members. One was observed through the eyes of a child, while the other was experienced from the perspective of an adult. These Christmases were separated by decades. They actually had nothing in common except the date on the calendar and, for me, the debatable existence of Santa Claus...." - Sandra Brown (an excerpt from Believing)This essay is based on musings originally published in Ladies Home Journal. 20 years later, Sandra Brown revisits these powerful memories, creating the moving essay heard here, which she delivers in her charming Southern voice, as warm and comforting as a mug of cocoa in view of the Christmas tree.
A native Texan, and now American author, Sandra Brown, has published over seventy novels, with books in print numbering eighty million or more worldwide. Out of her works, she has had sixty New York Times bestsellers. She was born in Waco, then grew up in Fort Worth, and majored in English at Texas Christian University. She would come to be given an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from TCU. She and her husband, Michael, created a foundation to award an annual scholarship to a student whose interests lie in fictional writing.
In 2011 she and other colleagues travel to Afghanistan to tour several United States bases. She currently lives with her husband in Arlington, Texas.