A Little Aussie loving wEBSITE OF eROTIC FICTION AUTHOR tONI GRIFFIN
A VERY HOLLAND CHRISTMAS
BLURB: It's Christmas time for the Hollands, and everyone is bustling about preparing for the coming festivities. As Marcus, Alex, Simon, and Patrick try to make time for their mates, they feel the pressure to make everything perfect. Thankfully Maryanne has the solution. However, they forget one important detail, leaving them scrambling at the last minute to prevent a Christmas disaster.
Please Note: This is a reedited, and expanded, second edition.
sounds of childish giggles rang through the house, quickly followed by the
small thump of running feet. Heavier thuds chased the lighter ones, and
Alex’s laughter flowed through the hallway into the room Patrick sat in.
looked down into the angelic face of his three-month-old
daughter and cringed slightly when she jumped in her sleep at her uncle’s loud
voice. He had just gotten Charlie Marie Richmond to sleep, and
the last thing he wanted was his loud-mouthed brother waking her back up again.
cooed softly to Charlie and continued to rock her in the rocking chair they had
purchased especially for her nursery. Thankfully no damage had been done and
Charlie slept on, none the wiser. Rick continued to hold his daughter for
several more minutes, loving the feel of her in his arms.
was such a daddy’s girl, and Jake spoilt her rotten. Once Jake had gotten over
his nervousness that he would turn out like his old man and actually held his daughter, everything seemed to
fall into place. Now, he was always picking Charlie up and never wanted to put
her down again. Jake thanked Rick often for giving him the gift of his
Holland genes had held true for yet another child in the family being born with
chocolate brown eyes. However, Charlie’s hair was as black as night, just
like Jake's. Rick’s light golden brown locks didn’t even get a look in. Her
thick hair had started to thin out, as most babies’ did, at the age of three
months but remained just as dark.
stood, careful not to jostle the sleeping babe in his arm and walked her over
to her cot. He kissed her forehead and placed her in her bed, covering her with
a thick blanket. December was summertime, but up in the alpine region of
Victoria where their town of Leyburn was situated, it almost never got over
twenty degrees during the day. It got down into the single digits overnight.
The snow had all melted, though, long before Christmas came around.
was a shame really. Rick would love to be able to wake up Christmas morning to
a blanket of white snow on the ground. It had happened once in 2006 when severe
drought had given way to abundant snowfalls on Christmas. Unfortunately, they
lived on the wrong side of the equator for that to be possible too often.
making sure his daughter was settled, Rick left the room and quietly closed the
door behind him. He looked at his watch and groaned as he realised the time.
Rick usually loved his mornings, but Charlie had woken at five that day and he
was now in desperate need of some sleep.
had gotten up with her as Jake had to go into his office today to finalise all
his cases so he could take the next two weeks off. Jake wanted to spend some
quality time with his family during the Christmas break and Rick couldn’t be
stopped past his and Jake’s room and picked up the baby monitor before heading
into the kitchen to get himself a cup of coffee. Hopefully it would help wake
him up a bit. Brian currently danced around the kitchen putting dishes away. He
smiled at Rick as Rick made his way to the carafe of coffee and poured himself
and sugar added, he took a sip before turning and sitting on the bench.
everything ready for tomorrow?” he asked his brother-in-law.
laughed at him. “You’ve got to be kidding, right?”
smiled to cover the fact that he really hadn’t been kidding.
you got any idea the amount of preparation that goes into cooking a meal for
all you hungry men? Let alone a Christmas feast that includes your parents.”
really, but I’m happy to help while Charlie is sleeping if you want,” Rick
that would be great. Mum will be here in the morning to help out, but until
then there are veggies that can be peeled and chopped, a glaze for the ham to
be made and desserts to be prepared.”
laughed. “Okay, okay. I get it. What can I do to help?”
finished his coffee before jumping off the bench. Brian placed a bag of carrots
in front of him with a peeler and told him to get to work.
know, I have the strangest feeling I’m forgetting something, but I can’t put my
finger on it for the life of me,” Rick said to his brother-in-law in the hopes
something Brian said might trigger his memory.
worked, listening to the sounds of the house, with Brian throwing out all sorts
of suggestions, on the off chance something would stick. Nothing did. Rick
sighed after a while and gave up, hoping whatever it was wasn’t that important.
could hear the television going in the living room. The occasional squeals of
delight from Hayley and the twins, who were currently being kept occupied by
Marcus and Alex, drifted through to them as well.
Simon, and Zack were all out getting last-minute Christmas presents with a
detour past the supermarket on the way home. Brian had been working on an
extensive shopping list of everything he would need for Christmas day that he
didn’t already have.
could have sworn they had already done the shopping, but apparently there were
a few things missing. He was just thankful it wasn’t him who had to brave the
stores on Christmas Eve.
had finished all his shopping last week so he wouldn’t have to step foot within
one of the overcrowded stores in the days leading up to Christmas.
turned around to see both little Sammy and his twin Dylan standing at the
entrance to the kitchen. They were holding hands and looking at their daddy
with big brown eyes.
squatted down in front of the pair and kissed both of them. “You guys hungry?”
heads bobbed up and down. Brian scooped them both up and stood. He walked over
to the table and placed them in their highchairs.
about a carrot stick with some peanut butter?” he asked.
boys’ indecipherable answer chorused out, and Rick assumed they were happy with
ruffled their hair before heading back to the kitchen. He stole one of the
carrots Rick had peeled before deftly cutting it into sticks. Brian grabbed the
jar of peanut butter and went back to the table.
watched as Brian dipped two sticks into the smooth peanut butter before pulling
them out again. Both sticks had a small glob of peanut butter on the end. He
handed one each to both boys and headed back to the kitchen.
laughed at the many faces the boys pulled as they ate the thick, sticky
substance, their little tongues working in and out of their mouths.
walked into the kitchen and took one look at his sons before wrapping an arm
around his mate and kissing him soundly.
you got a snack for the big boys as well, baby? Or is it just little guys that
get the special treatment?” Marcus asked with a wicked smile.
can have anything you want,” Brian replied seductively.