My friend T, last Christmastime, did a lovely rendition of Alabama's "Christmas in Dixie":
Her voice got me to thinking about the Christmas anthology I was then reading---in which each tale was inspired by a Christmas carol---and when its editor announced a second collection, I set to work on a Christmas tale set in Dixie.
Happily, Tyrah, an Alabaman herself, helped me get my Southern straight (though I rush to point out that I will still fool no Southerners) and, as we talked about grandpas, I felt a kinship to her in that her Alabama grandpa and my Idaho grandpa share a lot of similarities.
And both are now gone.
I dedicate this story to both.
May they share a lovely Christmas with the babe himself.