Christmas is still 54 days away, BUT now ’tis the season when I start craving cozy Christmas reads. (Okay – I crave them all year round but now’s when I can get away with talking about them LOL) There’s something about the magic of my favorite holiday that makes me want to curl up with a mug of hot chocolate and a deliciously Christmasy book – it can make even the creepiest suspense novel feel warm and cozy haha!
I had so much fun with this last year, so I decided to make it an annual thing 🙂 Beginning now and continuing through the end of the year, I’m going to spotlight several new/recent Christmasy releases. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
We’ve got an extra special treat today! All the Inspy Romance authors who wrote A Christmas to Remember are here to talk about their most memorable Christmases!
Laugh, cry, and fall in love as you savor these brand-new Christmas romances from some of your favorite authors. Pair with a peppermint chai, hot chocolate, or your favorite wintry flavors, then snuggle down in front of the fireplace with a quilt over your lap… and maybe a purring cat!
Eight authors have joined together in this Christian romance collection that will leave you celebrating the gift of Christmas.
Until I Met You by award-winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson
After a difficult breakup, Brandi Prescott is taking a hiatus from men and focusing on her career, the Lord, and getting to know herself. Everything is going according to plan until one fateful, rainy morning in Seattle when a passing car drenches her and everything changes.
The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion by USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer
The Cowboy Santa program is supposed to be a chance to help his neighbors. When Kade Delgado’s ex-fiancée, now a single mom, shows up on his list, neither of them are thrilled. Is there any hope for a second chance at love?
Hope for Christmas by Elizabeth Maddrey
When he arrived at the ranch, he wasn’t sure what he was looking for. She wasn’t looking for anything beyond stability for her son. Christmas might be a season of hope, but do they dare risk everything for love?
Can’t Live without You by Ginger Solomon
Clarissa Harding’s fiancé’s betrayal doesn’t hurt as much as learning her best friend, Sawyer Chasin, knew his brother’s secret and didn’t tell her. The marriage would have been fake, but her feelings for Sawyer aren’t.
Beautiful Heart of His by Lindi Peterson
Two wrongs don’t make a right has never been more true. Will Mason’s past wrongs push Scarlett away or help her fall in love with him?
Restoring Christmas by Julie Arduini
Filled with grief and regret, Holly Christmas returns to Geneseo Valley and the family business, The Christmas Mansion. Can Kevin Holt restore her love for the season and the memories she left behind?
The Cowgirl’s Christmas Gift by Publishers Weekly bestselling author Deb Kastner
Cowgirl Maisey Gray knows horses, not six-year-olds. But when her socially-awkward, VR glasses-wearing neighbor needs help creating the perfect Christmas for his nephews, it’s up to Maisey to make sure Cam and the boys have a Christmas they’ll never forget.
Falling for Grace by Janet W. Ferguson
Grace Logan needs a place to pick herself up now that her ex is marrying her former best friend. Grief drives Seth Gibbs to his family’s vacation home, and three years later, he has no plans to leave. Until Grace falls into his life.
What is your most memorable Christmas?
I don’t remember how old I was… around eight, I guess. My brother, who is fourteen years older, teased me for weeks before Christmas, saying that he’d purchased me something with wheels, and then he’d tell me something else–I don’t remember all that he told me, but each detail made it impossible for me to guess what his gift was.
I was so excited, because my love language is gifts (though I didn’t know that at the time), and I LOVE surprises (gift-wise). I don’t remember what else happened that long ago Christmas Day, but I remember my first ever gaming console—an Atari. He started something that I’ve never grown out of: playing video games. 😀
It’s hard to choose my “most” memorable Christmas. I have a lot of delightful Christmas memories. The one that keeps sneaking up to the top, however, is Christmas 2007. See, in 2007, we were finally nearing the end of our twisty-turney journey toward parenthood. Twelve years of infertility were in the rear view mirror, and we were eagerly (and still with a bit of trepidation) awaiting the birth of a baby several states away whose mother was unable to parent and had chosen us to adopt. Living near my parents as well as my husband’s parents, you can probably imagine that everyone was over the moon. And that year I got to unwrap tiny footed sleepers, a car seat, and bottles that had been placed under the tree. Even with the what ifs and uncertainty that lingered at the back of my mind, I remember the unwavering joy of that Christmas when my husband and I got to celebrate the birth of not just one, but two babies who’d been sent as a gift.
Christmas is a season where I’m extra nostalgic, and many celebrations stand out. One that comes to mind is our first as newlyweds. His children were able to spend time with us, one of the few Christmases they were able to as they live in Wisconsin. I had to cover the phones at work and I was disappointed because I knew Tom and the kids were having fun and I couldn’t be there. Right before lunch I look up and see the three of them there. They drove 30 minutes to create Christmas memories with me at my workplace. Twenty-two years later, I still look forward to seeing them, now with families of their own.
Janet W. Ferguson:
About five years ago, my husband, my teen kids, and I planned to go skiing for Christmas. Before the trip, my son tore his shoulder and knee playing football. We had already paid, so we continued as planned with him in his braces. On the plane up to Colorado, I began having chills, spiked a fever, and basically came down with the flu. I felt horrible, but went for my ski lesson and made one run on the slopes. My daughter and my husband had a blast skiing while my son and I binge watched a TV series. By the end of the week, I felt better, and we all walked around the town of Steamboat and had a nice dinner. Despite all the unplanned and unfortunate events, Colorado was beautiful and I’m glad we went. We really enjoyed it, and we sure won’t forget it!
Kimberly Rose Johnson:
Christmas at my house always means family. When I was a kid that sometimes involved traveling to my grandma’s house 1,000 miles away. My most memorable Christmas is one such year.
We were traveling to Southern California and had stopped at a rest stop early Christmas morning. My parents drove a Datsun Pickup and my sister and I were on beanbags in the back which had a canopy, carpet over a padded insert my dad had made, and a “boot” which connect the back with the cab of the pickup—this was the 70’s. My mom pulled out our Christmas stockings and handed them to us through the boot. I don’t recall what I received, but do remember how a couple of people gathered at the hood of our pickup to watch us open our stockings.
One woman in particular had such joy on her face as we discovered each new trinket. I recall asking my mom why she was watching. I don’t remember what she said, but looking back, I choose to believe she wanted to share in our childlike joy.
I don’t remember much about the rest of that trip, but I will never forget that morning in the rest stop opening our stockings. It was absolutely my most memorable Christmas.
It’s hard to pick just one, but we started a new tradition with the grandkids a couple of years ago that has really come to mean something special to us. During Advent, each time one of them does something kind or generous that would make Baby Jesus happy, they are given a piece of straw to add to our nativity set. It’s lovely watching the children actively looking for ways to please the Lord. On Christmas eve, we all take a moment to admire how comfortable the Baby Jesus is in his manger, thanks to the kids’ kind hearts.
My parents were divorced when I was eight. Money was always tight. We had everything we needed, but the wants were sparse. When I was 9 or 10 the ONLY thing I wanted for Christmas was white Go-Go boots. They had to have a heel and they had to lace up the front. I was obsessed with these boots. One day my mom had gone out and my two younger brothers and me were with a sitter when we decided to look for our Christmas presents. We dug around closets and such and eventually found a bag with stuff! Jackpot! And to my surprise those white Go-Go boots, just like I wanted, were in the bag of stuff.
But it wasn’t Christmas yet. We had to wait for what seemed like an eternity! And Christmas morning when we gathered around the tree to open our presents, I found I was disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I wore and loved those boots until they fell apart I think, but I hated knowing that I wasn’t going to be surprised. Ever since then, I love being surprised. My husband can tell me not to look on the top shelf of his closet in the brown bag that holds a blue box and I won’t. I don’t ever want to know what my gifts are.
While this isn’t the most happy memory, it has shaped my life. And ending on a happy note, we had Christmas at my Grandma and Grandpa’s every year. All the family gathered and that still is one of the best memories ever. All the Christmas days with family.
It’s so hard to pick only one memorable Christmas, but I have to go with the year our son was not quite three. We had a VHS tape (remember those?!?!) called The First Christmas (Superbook) that the kids requested often. I peeked into the living room to see our son sitting at the coffee table with the stuffed-fabric nativity set, having the characters act out the Christmas story as the video played in front of him. Watching him made my mommy-heart so full! Now the little granddaughters play with the same nativity set every Christmas. How time flies.
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What about you? What’s your most memorable Christmas?