Nola The Spirit of Christmas by Janice Nourse

Today is the fourth day in the series of holiday stories, poems and songs created by members of the Trinity Writers’ Workshop. These submissions were included in the  TWW Christmas Book which was given to children and their families during the  Christmas at the Stockyards event in Fort Worth, Texas on December 3, 2011. The fourth of these writers is our resident song writer Janice Nourse.

Jan also writes children’s books but lately she has been concentrating her creativity energy on writing and performing songs.


As a member of the writer’s group at Bedford Boys Ranch since 1981, Jan has tried her hand at nearly all the genres.  She’s  published poetry, a romance novella, nonfiction articles in local papers and magazines, and a column “Counselor’s Corner”.   Juvenile fiction sparked her creative spirit with short stories and books, some winning contests and others published.

 Her current love is combining a passion for music with a love of writing.  Having received a Goya guitar at fifteen, she entered those memorable flower-child years equipped to sing along with Peter, Paul, and Mary and Dylan.  A part of her never left. 

 Her band, The Sonshine Sisters, adds mountain dulcimers, a yuke, and harmony to her songs They’ve  performed them on stage at a number of festivals, including Bennington, Oklahoma and Glenrose, Texas.  Their goal is to put together a CD of all Jan’s original songs.  To hear a sample, you can find them jamming in the antique shop on Main Street in Whitesboro, Texas every Wednesday afternoon.  

Nolah The Spirit of Christmas

                     Song by

               Janice Nourse


Too late to buy the holiday,

No more money to spare;

No need for gifts or getaways

When the Spirit of Christmas is here.

Nolah, Nolah, Nolah,

Bring forth the Young One, Nolah,

And the Spirit of Christmas is here.

Verse 1

Care for the heart that thrills at your touch,

Care for the home that you share,

And for the scent of winter pine embracing the crisp night air.


Verse 2

Care for the people who enter your life,

Care for those on the street,

And for strangers across the world the many you’ve yet to meet.


Verse 3

Pray for the soldiers trapped in war,

Pray that the fury will cease,

And grief and sadness disappear into hope and love and peace.

Don’t forget that beginning January 2, 2012, I am offering a two month class in character development called Simply Creating Fictional Characters.

The class will include techniques in building believable, interesting three-dimensional characters. I will also assist and encourage students to interact with each other through twitter, facebook and their blogs.

I think it will be a great way to start the new year.

To find out more about the classes go to click on the tab classes and creative writing classes.

Looking forward to seeing your there


About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

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