Holidays are nostalgic for me, making me remember celebrations from the past. I grew up in the town where I now live. It used to be called Natal. Now it’s Sparwood. The name may have changed, but the industry remains the same. It’s a coal mining town.
My Grandfather came from Scotland to work in the mines in 1900. My father worked underground all his life, and my son still works at the mines. At the Blue Collar B&B, I often have miner’s staying. (I believe I’m the only B&B in North America that asks for men’s pants and boots to be left in the entrance porch. It’s caused a bit of consternation among regular guests.)
Mining is always an up and down industry. At the moment, it’s a little down here in Sparwood, which reminded me of a particular Christmas when I was a child. So I wrote a very short story I thought maybe you’d enjoy reading on your computer.bobby hutchinson, christmas, christmas story, free, historical, mining, natal, nostalgia, santa claus, short story, sparwood