“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” ~ Burton Hillis
The last thing in the world Charlie, of 'Red Dirt Heart Christmas' by N.R. Walker, wants to see is an unhappy Travis. Travis doesn't say much, but Charlie knows he misses his family, particularly this time of year. As Christmas Day draws near, Charlie knows there is no place Travis would rather be than with Charlie, even if it means not celebrating Christmas, which is exactly why Charlie decides to show him how much he appreciates it.
Keeping a secret from Travis proves to be a monumental task. Charlie almost gives in and tells him, especially when he sees how sad it makes Travis but he is determined to make it a surprise and holds it in. Poor Travis is obviously disappointed that they don't celebrate Christmas on the station and tries to capture part of the spirit for himself by cutting down and wanting to decorate a tree. Charlie and Billy tease him about it, but Charlie humors Travis and helps him decorate. Nugget, their wombat, on the other hand, keeps trying to kill it. He's not happy about Travis moving his nesting box to put the tree there and clearly expresses his opinion by biting Travis on the toe. It's business as usual for the little rascal and everyone at Sutton Station. Charlie sincerely hopes nothing goes wrong, because it will obviously mean a great deal to Travis to receive a present especially since he's thinking that they aren't going to celebrate at all. As the time grows closer, the anticipation is killing Charlie, yet he doesn't give in. He is trying his hardest to give the man he loves more than life, the most special Christmas Travis has ever had.
This is a delightful Christmas story about two of my favorite men, Travis and Charlie. If you haven't read the ‘Red Dirt’ series, this story, although still sweet and thoughtful, won't mean as much as it does to their fans, but those who have read the series will adore it. NR gives her fans another opportunity to share Travis and Charlie's extraordinarily deep devotion to each other and their love for their family. Thanks, N.R., for giving Travis and Charlie a great Christmas.