For this blog hop, I decided to write about how the main characters in "The Archangel Chronicles" would celebrate Christmas. Most of them are angels, so what could angels possibly do for Christmas that didn't involve going to church? Well, my angels are a quirky lot, so there's quite a few things they would do.
Each year, two Archangels decide what the rest of them will do to celebrate the season. In 2011, it was Raphael and Samael, and in 2010, it was Uriel and Raziel. That was a year that will never be spoken of again, although Uriel still thinks a giant, out of control flaming barbeque is a great idea.
2012 is Michael and Gabriel's year to decide what to do.
Christmas eve is when the plans of the two Archangels get underway. Michael takes Samael, Remiel, Haniel, Raphael and Tzadkiel with him, Israfel, Agrat, Ishtahar, Sophiel and Brieus joining them. Michael's plans for the day are to buy toys – as many toys as they can in the shopping hours of the day, and then wrap them and deliver them to orphanages and needy children charities.
Gabriel, on the other hand, takes Uriel, Raziel, Metatron, Shateiel and the boys and goes on a different sort of shopping spree. They hit the stores to buy all kinds of gifts to put in care packages to send to soldiers and their staff on active duty in the various active war zones around the world. Once they've bought everything and boxed it up – with only a little bickering between Raziel and Uriel – they take the boxes to groups that arrange distribution for care packages to the military.
In the evening, the two groups meet up again at a chapel, usually choosing a small, out of the way parish, and take part in the services as members of the congregation. Israfel sings, and the voice of the Angel of Music added to those of the choir reduce many to tears. After the services, they go their separate ways for a private celebration, planning to meet up in the morning at Tzadkiel's apartment.
Christmas morning, they meet for a quick breakfast at Tzadkiel's. After eating, the group goes to visit an orphanage, the one Michael chooses being in South Africa. After a morning helping with food, gifts, singing carols and telling stories, the angels depart, and follow Gabriel to their afternoon's venue, a veteran's hospice, to visit with the wounded and permanent patients there.
In the evening, they retire once again to Tzadkiel's apartment and have Christmas dinner together. With the exception of Michael, they all drink too much, sing too loudly, eat until they are near to bursting, and laugh and joke. For one night, the Brotherhood of Archangels and their nearest and dearest are able to set aside their worries and cares, and celebrate together. And isn't that what Christmas should be about? Coming together with our loved ones to celebrate and be happy, and try not to focus on the worries and cares of regular life.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays.
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|No Shadows Fall.
Newly bonded Archangels Michael and Gabriel are torn from their idyllic island retreat by the singing of hymns heralding stunning news: Gabriel’s ancient foe, Semjaza, has escaped from his prison in the stars and now seeks revenge and utter conquest.
With the wisdom of Archangel Raziel to guide them and help coming from the most unlikely of quarters, Gabriel and Michael join with the Brotherhood of Archangels to hunt Semjaza down and finish him once and for all. Because Semjaza's return to Earth doesn't threaten just Gabriel and his loved ones—it threatens the whole of humanity.
But even more danger lurks in the shadows, threatening the Brotherhood from within. If Gabriel and Semjaza finally face each other in single combat, will Gabriel survive the contest, or will Michael lose his one true love?
Sequel to No Surrender, No Retreat: Book Three of The Archangel Chronicles.