(Not so) Alone for Christmas

Here’s another fun Christmas story. (Not so) Alone for Christmas is a novella. Short and sweet. It’s written by the lovely Jenny Proctor (who also has edited a couple of my books). She’s a great author and an amazing editor. I would be lost without her. 🙂

So, without further ado. Here is the blurb for this book:

Problem number one: Maddy’s family is NOT at home. A surprise Christmas visit to Charleston only works if the family you’re surprising hasn’t decided to spend the holidays in Hawaii.

Problem number two: Maddy is stranded. There is snow on the ground in Charleston, a city that doesn’t even own a snow plow. Flights are grounded, and the power is out. Maddy isn’t going anywhere.

Problem number three: Bo Bradshaw, Maddy’s old high school crush, is stranded with her, and he is hotter than ever.

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Merry Christmas

DSC04007.JPGI love this time of year. There is snow on the ground and anticipation in the air. The holiday decorations are out and lights twinkle everywhere. The house smells of baking happiness and the kids want to do something fun as a family or take goodies to others.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the white stocking.  Continue reading

Christmas Cheer

I love this season of the year. It’s fun to see the kids all excited and the lights on the houses in the neighborhood at night. It’s my favorite thing to wait in an hour long line at the post office to buy stamps for my Christmas cards (just kidding–that’s one thing I could do without), and seeing all the Christmas decorations up in the house. So pretty!

But one of my favorite things is finding amazing songs celebrating Christ’s birth and life. These are some of my favorites I’ve found this year. I hope you’ll enjoy them too.

Lindsey Stirling’s Hallelujah

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The Spirit of Christmas

I love the message depicted in this children’s book. Thomas S. Monson recounts a Christmas memory from his childhood. As a boy, he yearned for an electric train. On Christmas morning, he got exactly what he wanted. But then he noticed a second train his mother had purchased for the boy down the street whose family was struggling. Although it was only a wind-up train, it had a beautiful oil tanker car which little Tommy wanted for his own. Soon after, Tommy s mother invited him to accompany her to the neighbor s home to deliver the gift. Young Mark was thrilled with his new train and, of course, didn’t notice the missing oil tanker. However, a remorseful Tommy did.

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Secret to the best Christmas ever

2012-12-22 23.16.43I want to wish you a Merry Christmas. My favorite Christmas was as a 10-year-old girl. My dad was a school teacher, and we had at least 6 kids by then. We didn’t get many presents that year. I was old enough to realize we were poor and tried to put on a happy face so that mom didn’t feel any worse than she probably did for our meager gifts.

After we’d opened up presents, my mom left to visit a family in our church that had just emigrated from Nigeria. They had a large family like ours and were new to the area and didn’t know many people. Mom came back from visiting them and gathered us together. She told us that the Makani family (I’ve changed names) had NO Christmas at all—no tree, no gifts, no anything. She asked us to pick one of our own gifts and wrap it back up to give to one of the Makani children.

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Christmas Card Shark

DSC00725I finished getting my Christmas cards done yesterday. I’m pretty happy about that. I’m a Card Shark–not in the cheating Vegas definition, but in the Christmas sense. I love receiving cards, and that means I must send them out with shark-like vigor.

When I was much younger (and full of energy and crafty creativity) I would spend a month making homemade cards. I’d plan out my design and then buy supplies and start handcrafting each one. This method took FOREVER…and by time I was done making 75 cards, I hated that design and almost hated Christmas (not really, but I hated cardmaking).

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