Hey, y'all! Just a quick stop here as I'm busily writing on Book #9, which is due very, very soon. But it's the holidays, and y'all are my faithful friends and readers, so I wanted to say thanks for everything with a quick contest. I may do a couple of these over the next few days, but let's start this off with a signed backlist book and a $10 Books-a-Million card. I'll open it to international readers too, but I'm pretty sure if you win that I'll have to limit you to the book because I don't think you can spend that BAM card overseas. I'll tuck in some other goodies to compensate though.
Leave me a comment and tell me what's your favorite thing about Christmas and/or New Year's! (Or your winter holiday of choice, if you don't celebrate Christmas.) 🙂
I love watching my son’s face light up on Christmas morning when he sees what “Santa” left him. It truly takes me back and makes me remember what it was like when I still believed…and how magical it felt.
That’s a great one! 🙂 Oh those long ago days when Santa’s visit was so exciting–and excruciating–to wait for!
I love the Christmas lights. I think it’s because it looks like sparkling gems, don’t you think? 🙂
I agree! I love the lights too! I like white lights and colored lights both, though my tree has white lights. But I have colored lights that I use elsewhere. They remind me of my childhood because we didn’t use white lights at all.
I have a lot of mixed feelings about Christmas, but the thing I always really enjoy is giving other people presents (especially when I get it just right!)
I agree, Ros! That’s the best part. 🙂
I’m with Cyndi, I like the beautiful colored lights. They’re everywhere in downtown San Antonio, and the weather’s warm enough even at night that I can go look at them without being uncomfortable.
Oh, and one other favorite Xmas thing – Starbucks eggnog latte. 😉
OMG, you and me both on that Eggnog latte! Love that thing. Hmm, may have to pop out and get one later today….. 😉
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love doing things for others and seeing their face light up when they open that perfect gift.
Children are the best part of Christmas hands down!!!! One year my nephew was about 3 and he opened up one of his presents and was so excited that he got a box for christmas. He didn’t even know what was inside 🙂
Another reason I love this time is we are out of school. 2 more classes and I will have my MBA, this time next year.
Merry Christmas Lynn to you and your family.
Merry Christmas to you too! LOL about your nephew and the box. Kids get so excited, don’t they? It is the best.
Yay on the 2 more classes!!!
Wow, book #9 already! My favorite thing about Christmas is definitely my boys’ excitement. And if I can come up with the perfect gift for someone, even if it’s something small, that’s a great feeling too.
Have a great holiday and happy New Year!
Hi, Gwen! It’s hard to believe it’s book #9 already for me too! You have a great holiday too! 🙂
Yay! I made it onto your blog today. Woo-hoo! 😛
Christmas has so many wonderful experiences, it’s hard to name just one. But I think I agree with the overall theme going here: Christmas is for family. There is nothing like being with family, sharing time together, enjoying the Hooville feast, and watching faces light up with joy on Christmas morning. My husband asked me to marry him under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. Christmas will always hold wonderful memories that are special to both of us.
Have fun writing book #9! 😎
What a great memory, Kathy! And very romantic!
You had me at BAM giftcard …
My favorite part of Christmas is keeping our various traditions with my family. We make Christmas cookies for Santa, drive around looking at the lights and then stop at McD’s for hot fudge sundaes, and have a blast Christmas morning opening our presents together while the cats and dog play with the paper and the boxes. 🙂
C.J., your day sounds so lovely! And this year is extra special with your new baby girl, I’ll bet! 🙂
I love chistmas and the delight on my children’s faces when they open their presents. I’m very excited about your Indian hero story as my grandparents came to the UK in the early fifties. They took christmas to their hearts and even though we are not Christians we celebrate with family and friends. My children are fourth generation now and I hope they will continue to embrace christmas, as I think it is so nice to share a bit of any festival. I wish the UK had something that is like your thanksgiving that was just celebrated universally regardless or religion,nationality etc
BTW what is a BAM card???!!
Merry christmas to you and all your fans
Hi, Seeta! What a wonderful story about your grandparents!! I am so in love with my Indian hero, btw. But I have to admit that I cheated a little bit and gave him an American mother — I just didn’t feel qualified to make him completely Indian and get it right. His father was a British immigrant, like your grandparents! And he is so gorgeous and Alpha, sigh….. 🙂
Oh yes, Thanksgiving is so fun! A holiday dedicated to eating, LOL. A BAM card is a Books-A-Million gift card. I think it’s only an American store. 🙂
Merry Christmas to you too!
I like white chocolate peppermint mochas, decaf, skim from starbucks, and my aunt’s sweet potato yeast rolls made from scratch. Two things I can only have this time of year. Happy Holidays!
Oh Denene, those sweet potato yeast rolls sound heavenly! 🙂
Spending time with family is my favorite thing about the holidays. Being a military family we don’t get to go home to family all that often so the holidays are special.
Tracey, I know exactly where you’re coming from! Spent many a year separated from the family while living overseas, etc. Hope your holidays are lovely!
My favourite thing about Christmas is seeing the joy a present can bring:)
Me too! 🙂
Well, of course it is all about my daughter. I love her excitement about Santa and the approx. one million questions she has about everything from Santa living at the mall to why Mrs. Claus looks more like a mom than a wife (didn’t know there was a difference).
I also love Xmas Eve, we speaker phone my dad and he reads to us Twas the Night Before Xmas and the bible story of Jesus’s birth. He did it every year when I was a kid and now he does it for my daughter. I’m getting teary just thinking about it 😥
LOL about your daughter’s questions. 🙂 What nice traditions you have! A brilliant idea to do the speaker phone read.
I like staying up to midnite on new years eve and watching the ball drop
That’s a good one too! 🙂
Merry Christmas to you all, and thanks so much for stopping by! It’s been lovely to read all your comments and hear about your traditions. 🙂
Best thing about Christmas is definitely having the family together to celebrate the rememberance of Jesus ‘s birth !
To me that is what Christmas is about not the gifts of parties or any of that kind of things.
Being able to just spend time together and make new memories for the next Christmas and the next new year ahead means a lot more!
Happy Holidays Lynn
Just a note in the comments to say I have still not heard from my winner! Tracey, you won, so please contact me with your details!
And if I don’t hear from Tracey in another week, I’ll redraw! Thanks for participating, y’all!