The Fantasy of Christmas

Christmas is a holiday that most who celebrate it look forward to all year round.

Christmas is the time of year synonymous with feeling good, resting, and promoting goodwill through thought, word, and deed. Many beloved traditions are formed within family units which create memories many of us cherish and fondly look upon no matter our age. It is a time that people are reminded to give back to friends and their community and focus on telling those we love them the words and actions we often forget to. We eat better than normal and often sleep soundly to the songs and jingles which come but once a year.

Yes, true, businesses and the media double down on these holidays, for obvious reasons, creating sales and drumming up as much business as they can because of our want to participate. Honestly, it doesn’t matter. For those of us who hold Christmas dear in our hearts, the fantasy of it all blinds us and empowers the good feelings all people strive for. I like looking for gifts that my friends and family will smile from when they receive them. It brings me joy as much as when I receive their own good will.

During Christmas, I also find myself inspired by the goodwill in the air. Last year, I wrote a Christmas book to share during my family’s tradition of reading stories on Christmas Eve. I wrote a poem, in the style of The Night Before Christmas about an adopted kitten learning what the holiday was all about. My family enjoyed it, and after I found a publisher, I am happy to announce The Christmas Monster is now available most places books are sold. Most commonly on Amazon and Barnes and Noble’s websites. If you like the old style and feel that holiday books used to exhibit, I know you’ll like my little book.

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I think the overall fantasy that comes from Christmas is formed from the over-abundant good feelings that are present. We all yearn for it, so when times are tough or slow, we reflect fondly. No matter the underlying reason, a chance to celebrate the good in the world is a wonderful thing, and I can’t wait until December to get that yearly ritual fix.

Here is a little sneak peak into the book I wrote. Enjoy!

Christmas Monster Snippet

So the little one stretched
And coo’d as he walked
Toward the giant’s great feet
To inspect what they brought.

His eyes grew big
As he spied all the things
The baubles and sparkles
And angels that sing

He reached up and grabbed
At a cord down below
But stopped quick as he saw
The tree light up and glow

The giants were so excited
They yelled out his name
”Monster, stop!” as they chased him
Monster’s favorite daily game.

Vicious Avarice

Damian C. King or "Vicious Avarice" graduated with a BFA from VCU in 2010 and went on to become a prolific filmmaker in Hollywood over the past decade. Though he continues to produce features under his company Fantasy Forge Films, recently, he has reignited his passion for writing, focusing on poetry and fantasy novels. In January 2022, he published the children’s book “The Christmas Monster” which can be pre-ordered here (https://pegasuspublishers.com/books/coming-soon/the-christmas-monster). He looks forward to contributing to Malorie’s Adventures and asks all to keep an eye out for his future books which always carry with them a fantastical whimsy born of the imagination.

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