Hot Apple Cider, Canadian Anthology

Christmas with Hot Apple Cider

The creator and publisher of the best-selling HOT APPLE CIDER BOOKS, N. J. Lindquist, has put together a Christmas treat for all.

Publisher and editor, N.J. Lindquist


In the past, N.J. Lindquist has been a high school Teacher of the Year, a homeschooler, part of several church planting teams, a youth leader, a CE Director, a church planter, a small group leader, and founder and executive director of a national writers group. She compiled and edited this delightful Christmas anthology. Above all, is 100 % Canadian and 100 % pure joy. In other words, there are 55 authors who contributed their Christmas stories to this anthology, and Melony Teague is one of them. From Sea Sand to Snowflakes (page 191)


A new immigrant couple discovers the Canadian way in a rather unusual manner. 

The Inside Story of “From Sea Sand to Snowflakes” by Melony Teague

As we approach Christmas, I’m reminded of my first Christmas here in Canada, and of how I’ve wished for a white Christmas every year since.

My story in Christmas with Hot Apple Cider reveals a bit about what it was like for a South African couple to land in Canada, experience their first white Christmas, celebrate a snowy New Year, and look forward to a changed future in their new country.

While my story captures a very special moment, as I look back on our 18 years in Canada I can count many more special moments. Realizing this led me to think about special moments and their impact on our daily lives.

First, these special moments, whether unexpected or anticipated, can be lost to us if we don’t stop and let ourselves be fully present.

How many times have I missed a moment because I was too busy to notice the extraordinary in my day? When life gets busy and I’m frantically rushing from pillar to post trying to fulfill the roles I’ve taken on, how many seconds or minutes of glorious wonder do I miss? I expect I’ve missed more than I’d like to admit, which brings me to my next point. READ MORE


“If you adore all things Christmas, you’ll love this wonderful collection of holiday offerings! Christmas with Hot Apple Cider has something for everyone—fiction, poetry, real-life reflections—all written with a touch of faith and humor to uplift the soul. You’ll definitely want to add this to your Christmas list!”


Susan Anne Mason, award-winning author of Irish Meadows, and the Courage to Dream Series, Bethany House Publishers.


“A great book to help you remember the Reason for the holiday season and to remind you that Christmas miracles are closer than you realize.”
—Carrie Schmidt,
Read Carrie’s blog post here about Christmas with Hot Apple Cider here.
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Want to warm your soul for the holidays? Unwrap the true meaning of gift-giving with a treasure trove of festive tales.

Sometimes, the best gift is a great story. With 62 heartfelt accounts of the true meaning of Christmas, this anthology is sure to fill even the grouchiest Scrooge with holiday spirit.

Christmas with Hot Apple Cider: Stories from the Season of Giving and Receiving is an eclectic collection of true stories, short fiction, and poetry. With 55 featured authors and poets, the anthology provides a diverse and multidimensional look at the traditions, teachings, and values surrounding the birth of Jesus. Be inspired to share your own stories with the world as you discover a fresh appreciation of the holiday season.

In Christmas with Hot Apple Cider, you’ll delight in stories about:

  • An immigrant family puzzling over unfamiliar North American customs
  • Grandparents passing down a family tradition to a young grandchild
  • An octogenarian remembering the day receiving a Christmas gift was nothing short of a miracle
  • A Jewish child longing to celebrate Christmas
  • A teacher witnessing the joy of a simple gift at a Nigerian orphanage
  • A writer struggling to create a meaningful presentation about the innkeeper
  • An Old Order Mennonite teen experiencing Handel’s Messiah live at Massey Hall
  • Two women answering a call for help from a remote First Nations community

This anthology boasts inspirational stories you and your family will want to read again and again. If you like the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, strong Christian themes, and stories that make you laugh and cry, then you’ll love this must-have stocking stuffer.

Published: Oct 2017

Publisher: That’s Life! Communications

Paperback: 352 pages



Feature image background: Photo by Mourad Saadi on Unsplash

Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Word Guild. She is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep released, Jan 21, 2020. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband, their two teenagers, and does the bidding of her two adorable cats.

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