Christmas is a magic time of year, especially when love is in the air and Aspen Grove, Colorado celebrates five weddings and a family reunion.
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Larry K. & Lorna Collins
Christmas is a magic time, especially when love is all around and the Mother Lode hosts five weddings and a family celebration.
Cory’s Christmas – Sherry Derr-Wille
Cory never expected to run Baker’s Secret Hideaway, but when she needs help, Dex Trenton enters her life in more ways than one.
Christmas Day – Luanna Rugh
Chris Day isn’t looking forward to Christmas. But injured skier Raven Chase lands in Red Rock Clinic on Christmas Eve, and her holiday plans change.
Mistletoe Magic – Lorna Collins
All Noelle McGregor wants is real mistletoe her first Christmas without family, but getting it leads to literally falling for Matt Spicer.
The Gathering – Christie Shary
Sonata Sullivan returns home where she encounters her widowed high school boyfriend, Tommy Henderson. But her heart belongs to Jamali in Morocco.
Christmas Treasure – Cheryl Gardarian
Posing as tourists, Sara Hayden and Gretchen Dodge meet Swedish businessman Thad Johansson. When he returns unexpectedly, will their deception be discovered?
Judi (Wilson) Brower
Aspen Grove, Colorado
“The holidays will be here before we know it,” I told Josh. “The Mother Lode will be packed.”
My husband’s family built the original Mother Lode Saloon in 1867. They’ve been here in town since the silver mining days. Over the years, the saloon has been expanded. Now we have several large new banquet rooms as well as a family-style restaurant and the original bar with the old-fashioned mirrors and paneling. Folks come from Denver and even farther away for our great barbeque. Last year, our chef, George, expanded the menu, and the additions have won us new customers as well as providing an upscale catering menu.
We’re now also becoming known in this area as a party venue.
“We’re really booked for the holidays. In addition to the usual business luncheons and evening events, we have a huge family party, and four wedding receptions scheduled,” I said, checking the reservations.
“We can handle it,” he assured me. “Besides, we have to start paying for the addition. The new banquet rooms need to be in use to justify the cost.” Then he grinned and I knew he was confident in our decision to expand.
I love it when he smiles. His eyes light up and his whole face glows. It’s a reminder of why I married him.
I smiled back, then returned to the plans for the holidays.
I must admit, I enjoy having the special celebrations here, especially wedding receptions. And there’s nothing more beautiful than a holiday wedding. Folks here in Aspen Grove take Christmas seriously. Josh says I go overboard decorating, but heck, the season only comes around once a year.
I already know what I’m doing. I’ve planned lots of twinkle lights, greenery and red roses for the saloon and restaurant with basic greens and lights in the banquet rooms. Now I just have to meet with all the brides to coordinate their menus, colors, and additional decorations. Unless they’ve made other arrangements, Margie will do the cakes. At least that’s one area I won’t have to worry about.
Good thing I adore this time of year, especially when love is in the air.