Book: Write Christmas
Author: Thommy Hutson
Publication Date: December 1st 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
Find It: Amazon
A contemporary, holiday fantasy with a new twist on A Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life.
Abby Nicholson used to love Christmas. Until she didn’t.
After leaving Winter Glen, the small town famous for its Christmas celebration and her family’s greeting card company, Abby is forced to return to the home she left behind when the unexpected passing of her father thrusts the business into her hands.
Turning her back on the magic of the holiday beloved by her father and the town, she decides to sell the business. Signing the paperwork with the very pen her father used to create it, she is shocked to discover her hometown has become a whole new world.
One where Christmas has vanished!
Now stuck in a place devoid of hope, joy, and the spirit of the season, Abby sees family and friends altered in the most terrible of ways.
Determined to set things right, though unsure how, Abby takes out her father’s pen and begins to draw. When she realizes her art is coming to life, she sets out to recreate the holiday and bring back the most wonderful time of the year.
But some are determined to keep an iron grip on the town and will do anything in their power to stop her.
Stella remained silent. Abby appreciated that, because what she planned to say next would be hard for her mother to hear.
“But, Mom, that picture isn’t reality. For every notion in his head I saw come to life there are so many more that came to be, not because someone dreamed them up, but because they had to be done. Dad didn’t invent power lines and generators. But they exist. Because they have to.”
Stella shook her head. “Then you aren’t seeing it. You aren’t feeling it. Worse, it’s like you don’t want to.”
Heat rushed to Abby’s face. After everything they had been through, hearing those words, those accusations, shocked and saddened her. “How can you say that?”
“What do you want me to think?” Stella asked, her voice loud. “I saw you looking at everything. I’ve seen what you’ve done with this place. You are torn between what was and what could be, never stopping to think they are so much closer than you know. You can’t change the past, but you can live in the present.”
Abby’s jaw tightened. She wanted to scream why the hell can’t she make up her own mind? Why did everything have to be about the damn town and the damn past and when could she have control over her damn future?
“That painting is not alive!” The outburst much more sudden than she anticipated. “You want to talk about living in the present, fine. That picture—that beautiful, amazing work of art that started everything—is not alive.”
“Stop it,” Stella said, her voice low.
“That picture is not the past, it is not the present, and I shouldn’t be forced to make it my future.”
“I am asking you to please stop,” Stella said, almost pleading.
Abby heard her, but at this point the only way to get everything out into the open was to get it out into the open. “If people want to say I’m the crazy one for ignoring Christmas, fine. But I’m not ignoring Christmas, Mother. I’m trying to forget what it did to us. And that picture, every time I see it, is a reminder. That image of the winter wonderland Dad helped build does not come to life and make everything okay. Candy canes and reindeer and sleighs and whatever else he came up with do not make everything okay.”
Abby stopped. Her eyes were filled with tears, but they did not fall because Abby dared not blink.
Stella frowned. “You believed they could, once. I guess a long time ago.”
Abby nodded, smiled at the thought. Everything felt so long ago. Everything was easy when you are a kid. “You’re right, I did,” she admitted. “Before I left to make a life only to come back to watch Daddy die. Before having to put my dreams on hold to run the company so someone could make things okay. Don’t you see? This is a chance to make my wishes come true. To be happy.” She wiped her eyes.
“I don’t understand why that can’t be here? And with Cameron.”
“Because it’s too damn difficult. When I look around, all I see is the town that took Dad away, pulled me back in, and never let go.” She stopped herself before things went further, became more heated. “I don’t want to argue anymore. I don’t want to upset you or anybody else anymore, even though it appears too late for that. The bottom line is sometimes you have to face the fact there’s no more magic. Maybe there never was.”
Abby could see the ire building in her mother. The silent defiance at her words. She had never spoken to her mother in such a way. So angry, so free, but it came at a cost. Abby never imagined it would be so great.
Stella grabbed a paperweight on the desk and smashed the glass encasing the pen. Shimmering fragments rained down around her.
“Mom, stop. Please.”
Stella reached up and grabbed Samuel’s cherished pen. She moved to Abby, opened her hand, and forced it into her daughter’s grip. “If you’re going to break my heart, destroy this company, and everything your father dreamed of, at least have the decency to do it with the pen that created it!”
The tears came freely to Abby now. She could not stop them. Was she on the cusp of doing all her mother had said by signing contracts? By doing what a good businessperson should do to make the best deal for the sake of everyone?
“Mother, please. Talk to me.”
“That’s enough,” Stella said, the tears in her own eyes falling as she brushed past Abby and left the building.
The door slammed as Abby slid against the wall to the floor and cried.
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About the Author
Thommy Hutson is a bestselling, award-winning author, screenwriter, producer, and director.
A graduate of UCLA, he began his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!
As an author, Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of horror icon Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version followed from Permuted Press/Simon & Schuster. His novel, the teen thriller Jinxed, (Vesuvian Books) is the first in a trilogy that has been called “A must-read for classic horror fans … Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.” Hutson was named on the
7 Essential LGBTQ Horror Authors for Your Summer Reading Lists.
Thommy wrote the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original film, A CHRISTMAS FOR THE BOOKS, which was the highest-rated scripted program the night it premiered. He co-scripted the teen thriller INSTAFAME (Lifetime), wrote a screenplay for an audio holiday project, and is in development on a family feature film. In addition, Thommy produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy. He has also worked as a staff writer on a Hulu web series.
A member of the Producers Guild of America, a Saturn and Home Media Magazine award-winner, and an aficionado of holiday films as well as teen movies from the 80s and 90s, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling, and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment.
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