The Santa Suit Holiday Fiction
The Santa Suit Holiday Fiction – An endearing story of generosity, positivity and love during the holidays from Mary Kay Andrews. This enchanting holiday story shines a spotlight on how showing generosity to others can snowball, in a good way, by building up community participation.
Let’s talk about “positivity.” As I was reading The Santa suit, I kept thinking things like, uh-oh this can’t be good. However, The Santa Suit proved me wrong. Therefore, the first thing I was reminded of by The Santa Suit holiday fiction story is that the power of positivity can work miracles in our lives.
In this story, each time someone helped someone else, another person…and even more people would jump in to assist with whatever needed to be accomplished. This exceptional communal spirit managed to exist and flourish even in the face of other elements of The Santa Suit that served to show what can, and does, occur when people face what feels like callous, and uncaring situations, such as the moving truck wreck and the complete loss of personal belongings situation.
And if I take that idea and go even a step further, in regards to the loss of Ivy’s belongings and how she handled the crushing loss of her marriage: even in the face of her own loss and unfortunate life situations (such as the betrayal she suffered from her ex-husband), Ivy’s indomitable spirit not only carried her through a difficult time, but lifted her up as well. However, as Ivy was lifted up, were others, in turn, lifted up? And if so, were some lifted in concrete ways, and others in more individual ways, such as personal self-worth? The possibilities are all there…
But let’s face it, Ivy must have looked pretty foolish by the local townspeople when she put all her savings into an old run-down farmhouse in a small rural community, sight unseen. In fact, the question arose more than a few times, “Why did you buy an old farmhouse without even seeing it?” When Ivy arrived in the small town, she could become a laughing stock, as the foolish woman who bought the old farm house. However, there was also the more favorable possibility, Ivy might be seen as a catalyst with the power to lift up the community as a whole. So how did that all turn out?
The Santa Suit brings us a simple message of love, hope and charity. But “is” it really that simple? And… “can” … it be just that simple? John Lennon brought us a rather simple, yet what could also be thought of as a significant world changing message, with this lyric from his song, Imagine:
“Imagine all the people, livin’ life in peace.”
And there was Bob Lind, who brought us a similar message with these lyrics from his song, Illusive Butterfly:
“Don’t be concerned, it will not harm you
It’s only me pursuing somethin’ I’m not sure of
Across my dreams with nets of wonder
I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love.”
In regards to Illusive Butterfly, Bob Lind was quoted as saying: “I think the words are about the magic of the quest — the thrill and passion of searching, even when the thing sought remains distant and hard to see.”
In my mind, the messages of Imagine and Illusive Butterfly, align nicely with Ivy’s quest and purpose in her life going forward. And as for me I choose to believe that we can rise above our adversities and come together with others to benefit us all. And one more thing…what is love? Well we can search the internet and find many definitions of love. Yet love is such a personal emotion. And, of course, as I am reminded in The Santa suit, there are all types of love. I am please to say that The Santa Suit holiday fiction novel showers us with lots and lots of love.
About the Author – Mary Kay Andrews
Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels (including Hello, Summer; Sunset Beach; The High Tide Club; The Weekenders; Beach Town; Save the Date; Ladies’ Night; Christmas Bliss; Spring Fever; Summer Rental; The Fixer Upper; Deep Dish; Blue Christmas; Savannah Breeze; Hissy Fit; Little Bitty Lies; and Savannah Blues), and one cookbook, The Beach House Cookbook.
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she earned a B.A. in journalism from The University of Georgia. After a 14-year career working as a reporter at newspapers including The Savannah Morning News, The Marietta Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she spent the final ten years of her career, she left journalism in 1991 to write fiction.
Her first novel, Every Crooked Nanny, was published in 1992 by HarperCollins. She went on to write ten critically acclaimed mysteries under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. In 2002, she assumed the pen name Mary Kay Andrews with the publication of Savannah Blues. In 2006, Hissy Fit became her first New York Times bestseller, followed by twelve more New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestsellers. To date, her novels have been published in German, Italian, Polish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Dutch, Czech and Japanese.
She and her family divide their time between Atlanta and Tybee Island, GA, where they cook up new recipes in two restored beach homes, The Breeze Inn and Ebbtide—both named after fictional places in Mary Kay’s novels, and both available to rent through Tybee Vacation Rentals. In between cooking, spoiling her grandkids, and plotting her next novel, Mary Kay is an intrepid treasure hunter whose favorite pastime is junking and fixing up old houses.